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SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Samuel 10:9

   And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day.


INTRO: How many times have we seen someone with great potential waste it and end up a failure?


  The Tortoise and the Hare


   It’s not how you start that counts, it’s how you finish.


   The story of King Saul is one of the great tragedies found in the Bible.


   Israel had rejected God’s leadership and asked for a King.


1 Samuel 8:7 (NIV) And the LORD told him: "Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.




NOTE: Saul’s name means “ask for”.


Ø  Saul was searching for his father’s donkeys


1 Samuel 9:2-3 (NIV) He had a son named Saul, an impressive young man without equal among the Israelites--a head taller than any of the others. Now the donkeys belonging to Saul's father Kish were lost, and Kish said to his son Saul, "Take one of the servants with you and go and look for the donkeys."


Ø  Samuel anointed Saul King.


1 Samuel 10:1 (TLB) Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it over Saul’s head, and kissed him on the cheek and said, "I am doing this because the Lord has appointed you to be the king of his people, Israel!


Ø  Saul’s heart changed by God


1 Samuel 10:9 (NIV) As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul's heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day.


1 Samuel 11:6 And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and his anger was kindled greatly.


Ø  Saul’s humility


1 Samuel 10:22  Therefore they enquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet come thither. And the LORD answered, Behold, he hath hid himself among the stuff.


Ø  His physical appearance


1 Samuel 10:23-24 And they ran and fetched him thence: and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward. And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom the LORD hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, God save the king.


Ø  His defeat of the Ammonites: I Samuel 11


Ø  He forgives those who had rejected his kingship:


1 Samuel 11:12-13 And the people said unto Samuel, Who is he that said, Shall Saul reign over us? bring the men, that we may put them to death. And Saul said, There shall not a man be put to death this day: for to day the LORD hath wrought salvation in Israel.




NOTE: A change began to take place in Saul’s heart.  He allowed pride to enter into his heart.


Ø  He usurp Samuel place by assuming the place of a priest in worship and offering the burnt sacrifices.


1 Samuel 13:13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel forever.


Ø  He disobeyed God’s command:


1 Samuel 15:22-23 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.


Ø  The Spirit of God departed from Saul:


1 Samuel 16:14 (TLB) But the Spirit of the Lord had left Saul, and instead, the Lord had sent a tormenting spirit that filled him with depression and fear.




Ø  His heart is filled with jealousy:


1 Samuel 18:6-9 (TLB) But something had happened when the victorious Israeli army was returning home after David had killed Goliath. Women came out from all the towns along the way to celebrate and to cheer for King Saul, and were singing and dancing for joy with tambourines and cymbals. However, this was their song: "Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands!" Of course Saul was very angry. "What’s this?" he said to himself. "They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next they’ll be making him their king!" So from that time on King Saul kept a jealous watch on David.


NOTE: Jealousy became Saul’s driving force


Ø  He began seeking David’s life:


1 Samuel 18:10-12 (TLB) The very next day, in fact, a tormenting spirit from God overwhelmed Saul, and he began to rave like a madman. David began to soothe him by playing the harp, as he did whenever this happened. But Saul, who was fiddling with his spear,  suddenly hurled it at David, intending to pin him to the wall. But David jumped aside and escaped. This happened another time, too, for Saul was afraid of him and jealous because the Lord had left him and was now with David.


1 Samuel 19:1 (KJV) And Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David.


Ø  He went to the Witch of Endor:


1 Samuel 28:6-7 (GW) He prayed to the LORD, but the LORD didn't answer him through dreams, the Urim, or prophets. Saul told his officers, “Find me a woman who conjures up the dead. Then I'll go to her and ask for her services.” His officers told him, “There is a woman at Endor who conjures up the dead.”


Ø  He ends his life by suicide:


1 Samuel 31:4 Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it.




1.     Be humble; don’t let pride get a foot hold in your heart.


Proverbs 11:2 (NIV) When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.


Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.


2.     Be obedient and trust God even if it doesn’t seem to make any sense.


Proverbs 3:5 (KJV) Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.


3.     Don’t allow jealousy to control you and ruin your life.


·         Cain was jealous of Abel

·         Joseph brothers were jealous of him

·         Jealousy of Aaron and Miriam

·         Saul was jealous of David


Song of Songs 8:6 (NKJV) Set me as a seal upon your heart, As a seal upon your arm; For love is as strong as death, Jealousy as cruel as the grave; Its flames are flames of fire, A most vehement flame.


CONCLUSION: The life of Saul should be a warning to us to keep our eyes on Jesus and not allow Satan to get an inroad into our hearts.



SEPTEMBER 13, 2015






SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Samuel 16:7

   But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.


INTRO: Israel had demanded a king.  God gave them a king that had all the physical qualities but lacked the most important requirement, a heart after God.


   God does not care about our physical abilities as much as He is concerned about our heart’s desire.




NOTE: Saul had been rejected as king and God said He would find a man after His own heart, a man better than him.


1 Samuel 13:14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.


1 Samuel 15:26b, 28  for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel. And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbor of thine, that is better than thou.


   Samuel mourned for Saul.


   How do you feel when someone continues to reject God?


v  Samuel sent to anoint someone else to be king


1 Samuel 16:1 And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.


v  Samuel was afraid


   Most likely Saul was watching Samuel to see whom he would anoint as the next king


v  Samuel was to go as a priest not as a judge


1 Samuel 16:2 And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the LORD said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the LORD.


v  David, the most unlikely


1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.


NOTE: Jesse didn’t feel David old enough to come to the feast with Samuel.


   David was God’s choice, not because of his physical features, but because of had a heart after God.


v  The Spirit of God came upon David


1 Samuel 16:13 (GW) Samuel took the flask of olive oil and anointed David in the presence of his brothers. The LORD'S Spirit came over David and stayed with him from that day on. Then Samuel left for Ramah.


v  The Spirit of God left Saul


1 Samuel 16:14 (TLB) But the Spirit of the Lord had left Saul, and instead, the Lord had sent a tormenting spirit that filled him with depression and fear.


   When the Spirit of God left Saul, the spirit of Satan moved in.

   If God and his grace do not rule us, sin and Satan will have possession of us.[1]




v  Saul’s replacement sat at his feet.


1 Samuel 16:21-23 And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armour bearer. And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight. And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.


NOTE: In God’s sovereignty he placed David where he became Saul’s apprentice.


v  Goliath


NOTE: The Philistine giant challenged Israel’s best soldier.


1 Samuel 17:8 (NIV) Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, "Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me.


   Goliath’s challenge went on for forty days.


   Israel was either unable or unwilling to meet Goliath’s challenge.


v  David & Goliath


   David was sent by his father to bring a care package to his three brothers.


   David heard Goliath’s challenge and wonder why no one had taken him up.


o    His brother, Eliab rebuked him he made three accusations against David


1.     He accused David of pride

2.     He accused David of neglecting his duties as shepherd

3.     He accused David of wicked curiosity


NOTE: Anytime anyone seeks to do something for God, there will be those who, unwilling to do anything themselves are quick to criticize those that do.


o    David’s response


1 Samuel 17:29 (KJV) And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?


o    David had an unseen weapon


NOTE: Goliath put his trust in manmade weapons; David put his trust in the Lord of Host


1 Samuel 17:45, 47Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands.


v  David’s victory


1 Samuel 17:50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.

CONCLUSION: What is the longing of your heart?

   If we have a heart for God, there is no limit to what God can do through us.


Psalm 42:1-2a (NKJV) As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God...


[1] Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary.

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