1 samuel 31 stubborn disobedience


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Saul's stubborn disobedience is brought to an end with his death.

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1 samuel 31 stubborn disobedience

  1. 1. Stone Creek You are welcomewww.rossvillechurch.com781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741 January 27, 2013 1
  2. 2. 1 Samuel 31The Philistines are amassed for war against Israel at Jezreel, and God has already foretold Israel’s loss. 2
  3. 3. 1 Samuel 31 1 Now the Philistines fought againstIsrael: and the men of Israel fled from before thePhilistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa.2 And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul andupon his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan,and Abinadab, and Malchishua, Sauls sons. 3
  4. 4. When Saul went to the witch of Endor to inquire of the prophet Samuel -- who was dead --Samuel told him that the battle would go like this, And that Saul and his sons would die. Three of his sons died; one lived – Ishbosheth 2 Sam 2:8 4
  5. 5. God was, as always, using Samuel to speak His Word, and God is never wrong. God is always 100% right! His Way is always best. 5
  6. 6. 3 And the battle went soreagainst Saul, and the archers hithim; and he was sore woundedof the archers. 4 Then said Saulunto his armor-bearer, Draw thy Saul was afraidsword, and thrust me through of being torturedtherewith; lest these uncir- and killed by thecumcised come and thrust me Philistines.through, and abuse me. 6
  7. 7. 4b But his armor-bearer wouldnot; for he was sore afraid.Therefore Saul took asword, and fell upon it. 5 Andwhen his armor-bearer sawthat Saul was dead, he felllikewise upon his sword, anddied with him. 7
  8. 8. Saul was concerned with how he would be treatedand how his body would be treated by Philistines,But unconcerned for the eternal state of his soul.He never was concerned with spiritual things.He was always rebellious and disobedient unto God. 8
  9. 9. He killed himself in the act of utter cowardice.Don’t misunderstand: If a child of God commits suicide, he still dies a child of God.All our sins are covered by the Blood of Jesus. But it’s not okay! 9
  10. 10. It’s the last desperate act of a cowardly and rebellious man or woman. It delights the devil! 10
  11. 11. Don’t believe the worldly nonsense about suicide allowing a sick person to Die with dignity. Suicide is a victory for sin and for Satan. It’s an insult unto God our Father. 11
  12. 12. 6 So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armor-bearer, and all his men, that same day together.7 And when the men of Israel that were on the otherside of the valley, and they that were on the otherside Jordan, saw that the men of Israel fled, andthat Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook thecities, and fled; and the Philistines came and dweltin them. Why did all this happen? The nation forgot the Lord. 12
  13. 13. NIV Deuteronomy 6 10-12 When the LORD yourGod brings you into the land He swore to yourfathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you --a land with large, flourishing cities you did notbuild, houses filled with all kinds of good thingsyou did not provide, wells you did not dig, andvineyards and olive groves you did not plant -- thenwhen you eat and are satisfied, be careful that youdo not forget the LORD, Who brought you out ofEgypt, out of the land of slavery. 13
  14. 14. Under Saul’s reign the nation was led astray and the Promise of God was reversed.The Philistines settled in their cities and lived in their houses.Backsliding always costs the backslider the blessings of God. 14
  15. 15. 8 And it came to pass on the morrow, when thePhilistines came to strip the slain, that they foundSaul and his three sons fallen in mount Gilboa.9 And they cut off his head, and stripped off hisarmor, and sent into the land of the Philistinesround about, to publish it in the house of theiridols, and among the people. Saul escaped torture by committing suicide, but his body was still mutilated. His body was used to shame the nation Israel. 15
  16. 16. 10 And they put his armor in the house of Ashtaroth(their goddess): and they fastened his body to thewall of Bethshan (a Philistine city). So, they defeated the Israelites in battle, occupied their cities, and humiliated their king.All because of Saul’s stubborn disobedience to the Lord’s commands. Don’t be stubborn; it’s a sin. 16
  17. 17. 11-12 Andwhen the inhabitants of Jabesh-gileadheard of that which the Philistines had done toSaul; All the valiant men arose, and went all night,and took the body of Saul and the bodies of hissons from the wall of Bethshan, and came toJabesh, and burnt them there. 13 And they took theirbones, and buried them under a tree at Jabesh, andfasted seven days.This was a righteous act of valor. 17
  18. 18. Saul is dead, but David is not yet King of the nation Israel.Just as they would later reject the Son of God, the majority at first rejected David. Saul’s Uncle Abner lead a revolt to establish Saul’s son Ishbosheth as king. But he only lasted two years. 18
  19. 19. Like Abner, often loyal people try to undo the judgment of God in this world upon backsliders. They cannot succeed. But, through repentance, a backslider can regain God’s blessings. But it requires submissive obedience and patience.1 John 1 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful andjust to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us fromall unrighteousness. 19