1 samuel 14c christianity is not religiosity


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The farther from God that King Saul walked, the more overtly religious he became.

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1 samuel 14c christianity is not religiosity

  1. 1. Stone Creek www.rossvillechurch.com 781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741March 11, 2012 1
  2. 2. God used Jonathan and hisarmor-bearer to defeat an overwhelming force.Little is much when God is in it.1 Samuel 14 6 And Jonathan said to the young manthat bare his armor, Come, and let us go over untothe garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be thatthe Lord will work for us: for there is no restraintto the Lord to save by many or by few. 2
  3. 3. Do you believe that?Do you believe that God can use one man, or onewoman, or even one child to accomplish His Will? Joseph DavidThe battle against the Philistines is winding down. 3
  4. 4. 1 Sam 14:24 And the men of Israel weredistressed that day: for Saul hadadjured the people, saying, Cursedbe the man that eateth any food untilevening, that I may be avenged onmine enemies. So none of the peopletasted any food. Distressed - to drive; tyrannize, oppress To force men to fight on an empty stomach is unjust and unwise. Saul cared not for his people, but for himself. 4
  5. 5. Sauls severe order was very unwise; if it gainedtime, it lost strength for the pursuit. Such is thenature of our bodies, that daily work cannot bedone without daily bread, which therefore ourFather in Heaven graciously gives. Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary. Why did King Saul give such an order? " that I may be avenged on mine enemies." 5
  6. 6. It wasnt for the welfare of the nation. It wasnt for the glory of God.It was for Sauls glory and vengeance. 6
  7. 7. 25 And all they of the land came to a wood; andthere was honey upon the ground. 26 And when thepeople were come into the wood, behold, the honeydropped; but no man put his hand to his mouth: forthe people feared the oath. The entire army entered the woods and saw a honeycomb on the ground. The men were afraid to eat, because Saul was atyrant and had declared a curse on anyone who ate. 7
  8. 8. 27 ButJonathan heard not when his father chargedthe people with the oath: wherefore he put forth theend of the rod that was in his hand, and dipped it inan honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; andhis eyes were enlightened. The moment he ate some of the honey, Jonathan was refreshed, and his eyes brightened. The curse was empty; God didnt honor it. 8
  9. 9. 28 Then answered one of the people, and said, Thyfather straitly charged the people with an oath,saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any food thisday. And the people were faint. 29 Then saidJonathan, My father hath troubled the land: see, Ipray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened,because I tasted a little of this honey. King Saul is the trouble-maker here.This curse was an attempt to have vengeanceon his enemies and to glorify himself as king. 9
  10. 10. 30 [Jonathan] How much more, if haply the peoplehad eaten freely today of the spoil of their enemieswhich they found? for had there not been now amuch greater slaughter among the Philistines?The men werent able to pursue and slaughter the defeated Philistines; They were weak with hunger. 10
  11. 11. If Saul had allowed his army to eat, The slaughter would have been greater, The nation would have dwelt in greater safety,God Almighty would have been glorified. They could have eaten of the food the Philistines had brought to the battlefield. It was there for the taking. 11
  12. 12. Was this a spiritual fast in obedience to God? No! King Saul didnt wait to receive instructions from the Lord.1 Samuel 14 (NIV) 18 Saul said to Ahijah, "Bringthe ark of God." (At that time it was with theIsraelites.) 19 While Saul was talking to the priest,the tumult in the Philistine camp increased moreand more. So Saul said to the priest, "Withdrawyour hand." 12
  13. 13. 31 And they smote thePhilistines that day fromMichmash to Aijalon:and the people were veryfaint. God gave them a great victory -- Thanks to Jonathans faith, And in spite of Sauls selfish motives and actions. 13
  14. 14. But it could have been so much greater. If Saul had sought the glory of God, and not his own.So, Jonathan ate of the honey, and his eyes were brightened, and he said, "My father has troubled the land." 14
  15. 15. 32 And the people flew upon the spoil, and tooksheep, and oxen, and calves, and slew them on theground: and the people did eat them with the blood.33 Then they told Saul, saying, Behold, the peoplesin against the Lord, in that they eat with the blood.And he said, Ye have transgressed: roll a greatstone unto me this day. have transgressed. No acknowledgement of his own failures. 15
  16. 16. 34 And Saul said, Disperse yourselves among thepeople, and say unto them, Bring me hither everyman his ox, and every man his sheep, and slaythem here, and eat; and sin not against the Lord ineating with the blood. And all the people broughtevery man his ox with him that night, and slewthem there. 16
  17. 17. 35 AndSaul built an altar unto the Lord: the same was the first altar that he built unto the Lord.Saul was turning aside from God, and now he beginsto build altars, being then most zealous, as many are,for the form of godliness when he was denying thepower of it. Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary. 17
  18. 18. When the leader fails to lead with Gods direction, The people make mistakes. Saul gets ever more religious, Even as he walks farther from God. Didnt Not for Without obedienceworship. Gods glory. or sincerity. 18
  19. 19. Whatever we do in the Name of God, must really be for God, in obedience unto God. We must walk in the Power of Gods Holy Spirit.We must act with the leadership of His Holy Spirit. Toward God. 19