1 samuel 13b god's way is the way of blessing


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1 samuel 13b god's way is the way of blessing

  1. 1. Stone Creek www.rossvillechurch.comFebruary 19, 2012 781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741 1
  2. 2. 1 Samuel 13 1 Saul reigned one year; and when hehad reigned two years over Israel, 2 Saul chose himthree thousand men of Israel; whereof two thousandwere with Saul in Michmash and in mountBethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan inGibeah of Benjamin: and the rest of the people hesent every man to his tent. 3 And Jonathan smotethe garrison of the Philistines that was in Geba, andthe Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew thetrumpet throughout all the land, saying, Let theHebrews hear. 2
  3. 3. 4 And all Israel heard say that Saul had smitten agarrison of the Philistines, and that Israel also washad in abomination with the Philistines. And thepeople were called together after Saul to Gilgal.5 And the Philistines gathered themselves togetherto fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots, andsix thousand horsemen, and people as the sandwhich is on the sea shore in multitude: and theycame up, and pitched in Michmash, eastward fromBethaven. 3
  4. 4. 6 When the men of Israel saw that they were in astrait, (for the people were distressed,) then thepeople did hide themselves in caves, and inthickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and inpits. 7 And some of the Hebrews went over Jordanto the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he wasyet in Gilgal, and all the people followed himtrembling. 8 And he tarried seven days, accordingto the set time that Samuel had appointed: butSamuel came not to Gilgal; and the people werescattered from him. 4
  5. 5. 9 And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering tome, and peace offerings. And he offered the burntoffering. 10 And it came to pass, that as soon as hehad made an end of offering the burntoffering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went outto meet him, that he might salute him. 11 AndSamuel said, What hast thou done? And Saulsaid, Because I saw that the people were scatteredfrom me, and that thou camest not within the daysappointed, and that the Philistines gatheredthemselves together at Michmash; 5
  6. 6. 12 Therefore said I, The Philistines will come downnow upon me to Gilgal, and I have not madesupplication unto the Lord: I forced myself there-fore, and offered a burnt offering. 13 And Samuelsaid to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hastnot kept the Commandment of the Lord thyGod, which He commanded thee: for now wouldthe Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israelfor ever. 6
  7. 7. 14 But now thy kingdom shall notcontinue: the Lord hath soughthim a man after His ownheart, and the Lord hathcommanded him to be captainover His people, because thou hastnot kept that which the Lordcommanded thee. At this time, David is still a shepherd. He protected his flock, whatever it took. He is described already as "a man after Gods Own heart." 7
  8. 8. What had Saul done that was so terrible? So what had he done? 8
  9. 9. He had made sacrifices and burnt offerings to the Lord. He had not waited on Samuel. Yet, it cost him his kingdom. 9
  10. 10. 15 AndSamuel arose, and gat him up from Gilgalunto Gibeah of Benjamin. And Saul numbered thepeople that were present with him, about sixhundred men. See how many of Sauls regular army have deserted! 10
  11. 11. 16 And Saul, and Jonathanhis son, and the people thatwere present withthem, abode in Gibeah ofBenjamin: but thePhilistines encamped inMichmash. 11
  12. 12. 17 And the spoilers came out of the camp of thePhilistines in three companies: one company turnedunto the way that leadeth to Ophrah, unto the landof Shual: 18 And another company turned the way toBethhoron: and another company turned to the wayof the border that looketh to the valley of Zeboimtoward the wilderness. Three companies of Philistines attacked from three different directions. 12
  13. 13. 19 Now there was no smith foundthroughout all the land of Israel:for the Philistines said, Lest theHebrews make them swords orspears: 20 But all the Israeliteswent down to the Philistines, tosharpen every man his share, andhis coulter, and his axe, and hismattock. 21 Yet they had a file forthe mattocks, and for thecoulters, and for the forks, and forthe axes, and to sharpen thegoads. 13
  14. 14. The Philistines had kept the Israelites so beatendown that they had no way to make iron weapons.That should have been one of the first things King Saul corrected, but he had not after two years. 14
  15. 15. 22 So it came to pass inthe day of battle, thatthere was neither swordnor spear found in thehand of any of the people Only Saul andthat were with Saul and Jonathan had swords.Jonathan: but with Sauland with Jonathan hisson was there found. 15
  16. 16. 23 And the garrison of the Philistines went out tothe passage of Michmash. The battle is about to begin. It looks bad for Gods people. Most of the army has deserted. Their weapons are hoes and axes and such. The Philistines are a massive army with chariots and horses and soldiers -- with the best weapons of the day. 16
  17. 17. Hopeless? 17
  18. 18. Psalms 20 7 Some trust in chariots, and some inhorses: but we will remember the Name of theLord our God. Isaiah 59 1 Behold, the Lords Hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His Ear heavy, that it cannot hear: Whatever your situation or circumstance Trust God. 18
  19. 19. Call on Almighty God -- The only One Who can help. To trust God is to obey Him:Living your life according to His Word. Begin today; right now:Live Gods Way, no matter the cost. 19