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1 samuel 15c finish well

  1. 1. Stone Creek You are Welcome www.rossvillechurch.com781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741 May 6, 2012 1
  2. 2. Sneak Attack King AgagBut, they saved thebest of the livestock And, they saved 2
  3. 3. Saul blamed the people when Samuel called his hand."to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God;" 3
  4. 4. 24 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for Ihave transgressed the Commandment of theLord, and thy words: because I feared thepeople, and obeyed their voice. Saul admitted his sin, but he didnt accept responsibility for his actions; He blamed it on the people. "because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice." 4
  5. 5. Have you ever made excuses for wrongdoing?Im sorry I spoke hatefully to you, but you made me so mad I couldnt help it. "Its not my fault; its yours. Im sorry I stole that car, "Its not my fault; its yours. 5
  6. 6. If we would be forgiven and cleansed from our sins, we have to confess our sin as sin, and as our own sin. Admitting that we chose to commit the sin. Then with an humble heart and contrite spirit -- ask God to forgive us in Jesus Name.The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, anddelivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lordis nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; andsaveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Psalms 34:17-18 6
  7. 7. When we sincerely cry out unto God in Jesus Name, He hears our cry and delivers us. But you cant fool God. 7
  8. 8. Acts 15 NIV 8 God, who knows the heart, showedthat He accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit tothem, just as He did to us.1 Samuel 16:7 (TLB) … Men judge by outwardappearance, but I (God) look at a man’s thoughtsand intentions." 8
  9. 9. 1 Sam 15:24 AndSaul said unto Samuel, I have sinned:for I have transgressed the Commandment of theLord, and thy words: because I feared thepeople, and obeyed their voice. 25 Now therefore, Ipray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again withme, that I may worship the Lord. Saul is just sorry that he got caught; He is not sorrowful for his sin. 9
  10. 10. 26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return withthee: for thou hast rejected the Word of theLord, and the Lord hath rejected thee from beingking over Israel. Saul was more concerned with Samuels opinion, than with God Almighty. True repentance doesnt come with excuses. True repentance is humble and sincere. 10
  11. 11. 27-28 And as Samuel turnedabout to go away, (Saul) laidhold upon the skirt of hismantle, and it rent. AndSamuel said unto (Saul), TheLord hath rent the kingdom ofIsrael from thee this day, andhath given it to a neighbor ofthine, that is better than thou. 11
  12. 12. 29 And also the Strength ofIsrael will not lie norrepent: for He is not aman, that He should repent.Nothing that Saul said at this point would change the mind of the Lord. Saul is no longer king, even though he holds the title for 15 more years BKC. 12
  13. 13. 30 Then (Saul) said, I have sinned: yet honor menow, I pray thee, before the elders of mypeople, and before Israel, and turn again withme, that I may worship the Lord thy God. 31 SoSamuel turned again after Saul; and Saulworshipped the Lord. To confess ones sin after being caught is seldom true repentance. Saul seems to be interested only in the outward appearance before the people. 13
  14. 14. 32 Then said Samuel, Bring yehither to me Agag the king ofthe Amalekites. And Agag cameunto him delicately. And Agagsaid, Surely the bitterness ofdeath is past.1 Samuel 15:32 (TLB) Then Samuel said, "BringKing Agag to me." Agag arrived all full ofsmiles, for he thought, "Surely the worst is overand I have been spared!" 14
  15. 15. 33 And Samuel said, As thysword hath made womenchildless, so shall thy motherbe childless among women.And Samuel hewed Agag inpieces before the Lord inGilgal. 15
  16. 16. 34 Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went upto his house to Gibeah of Saul. 35 And Samuel cameno more to see Saul until the day of his death:nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and theLord repented that He had made Saul king overIsrael. But God had already rejected him as king of Israel. We always weep for those who turn their back on God and suffer hard consequences. 16
  17. 17. Saul rejected the Word of the Lord, refusing to kill King Agag and the best of the livestock. Samuel rebuked Saul, but Saul did not truly repent; He made excuses, and passed the buck. 17
  18. 18. We have seen in this study of Sauls life and reign that he started well, With an humble heart and submissive spirit.Ecclesiastes 7 8 Better is the end of a thing than thebeginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is betterthan the proud in spirit. Dont get mad and quit. Dont get discouraged Dont get distracted. Of God Finish the course. 18