1 samuel 24 True repentance


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1 samuel 24 True repentance

  1. 1. Stone Creek You are welcome www.rossvillechurch.com781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741 1
  2. 2. 1 Samuel 24:1-2 And itcame to pass, when Saulwas returned from followingthe Philistines, that it wastold him, saying , Behold,David is in the wilderness ofEngedi. Then Saul took Against David withthree thousand chosen men his 600 men.out of all Israel, and went to Not chosen men, butseek David and his men the outcast.upon the rocks of the wildgoats. 2
  3. 3. [3] And he came to thesheepcotes by the way,where was a cave; and Saulwent in to cover his feet(relieve himself, or to take anap in the cool cave): andDavid and his men remainedin the sides of the cave. 3
  4. 4. [4] And the men of David saidunto him, Behold the day ofwhich the LORD said unto thee,Behold, I will deliver thineenemy into thine hand, that thoumayest do to him as it shall seemgood unto thee. Then Davidarose , and cut off the skirt ofSauls robe privily. Prophecy is often misunderstood. Did God say that David should harm Saul? 4
  5. 5. [5-7] And it came to pass afterward, that Davidsheart smote him, because he had cut off Sauls skirt.And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that Ishould do this thing unto my master, the Lordsanointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him,seeing he is the anointed of the Lord. So Davidstayed his servants with these words, and sufferedthem not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up outof the cave, and went on his way. Tender conscience, easily touched by the Holy Spirit. 5
  6. 6. 8 David also arose afterward,and went out of the cave, andcried after Saul, saying , Mylord the king. And when Saullooked behind him, Davidstooped with his face to theearth, and bowed himself. 6
  7. 7. [9-10] And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearestthou mens words, saying , Behold, David seekeththy hurt? Behold, this day thine eyes have seenhow that the LORD had delivered thee today intomine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee:but mine eye spared thee; and I said , I will not putforth mine hand against my lord; for he is theLORDS anointed. David blamed it on Sauls advisers, but Sauls own mind was the source of his evil. 7
  8. 8. 11 Moreover, my father,see , yea, see the skirt ofthy robe in my hand: for inthat I cut off the skirt ofthy robe, and killed theenot, know thou and seethat there is neither evilnor transgression in minehand, and I have notsinned against thee; yetthou huntest my soul totake it. 8
  9. 9. The LORD judge between me and thee, and the12-13LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall notbe upon thee. As saith the proverb of the ancients,Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but minehand shall not be upon thee. Wicked is as wicked does, But David was not playing that game. 9
  10. 10. After whom is the king of Israel come out ?14-15after whom dost thou pursue ? after a dead dog,after a flea. The LORD therefore be judge, andjudge between me and thee, and see , and plead mycause, and deliver me out of thine hand. It was beneath the King of Israel to chase after David. God would vindicate the innocent. 10
  11. 11. 16 And it came to pass, when Davidhad made an end of speaking thesewords unto Saul, that Saul said , Isthis thy voice, my son David? AndSaul lifted up his voice, and wept . Emotion and spirituality are not the same thing. Saul wept, but he did not repent. 11
  12. 12. And he said to David, Thou art more righteous17-18than I: for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas Ihave rewarded thee evil. And thou hast shewed thisday how that thou hast dealt well with me:forasmuch as when the LORD had delivered meinto thine hand, thou killedst me not.Matthew Henry: Many mourn for their sinsthat do not truly repent of them, weepbitterly for them, and yet continue in loveand league with them. 12
  13. 13. 19-20 For if a man find his enemy , will he let him gowell away? wherefore the LORD reward thee goodfor that thou hast done unto me this day. And now,behold, I know well that thou shalt surely be king ,and that the kingdom of Israel shall be establishedin thine hand. Saul had always known theTruth. He had resented and resisted the Truth. That will not bring Gods best into ones life. 13
  14. 14. 21 Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD, thatthou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thouwilt not destroy my name out of my fathers house.22a And David sware unto Saul. ...It was customary for a new king to kill all of the old kings family, to remove any threat. David would not do that. 14
  15. 15. 22b And Saul went home; but David and his men gat them up unto the hold.Why didnt David and his men go back to Gibeah with Saul? God knew that Saul had not repented. He would soon have turned on David. 15
  16. 16. Matthew Henry: [Saul] should have said, Thou arerighteous, but I am wicked; but the utmost he willown is this: Thou art more righteous than I. Badmen will commonly go no further than this in theirconfessions; ... True repentance is a rare commodity. 16
  17. 17. Psalm 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that areof a broken heart; and saveth such as be of acontrite spirit. If ones sin does not break his heart, He will not truly repent.Contrite = sorrow and remorse for a sin orshortcoming 17
  18. 18. To wish you hadnt done it is not repentance. To say "Im sorry." is not enough.To turn from ones sin and dedicate ones self to theamendment of ones life. Merriam-Webster Dictionary It is truly to surrender unto the Lord, Jesus Christ, allowing the Holy Spirit to change us. He will produce in us the fruit of His Spirit: Love, joy, peace, longsuffering patience, gentleness, goodness, faith (to be faithful) meekness and temperance. DVT 18