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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 5/12/2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 5/12/2013

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO EACH OF YOU!

1 Samuel 31:1-13
HOW ARE THE MIGHTY FALLEN?, Lesson 18a
So far, our journey with David has covered about ten years of his life. For about seven of those years, David has been on the run from King Saul. Saul had been a good, godly man in the beginning of his reign; but his rejection of God’s plan for his life, and his refusal to walk with the Lord, had brought about his own rejection by God, (1 Sam. 16:1). From that tragic moment, Saul began a downward spiral into insanity.

Saul’s insanity manifested itself in jealousy and murderous hatred toward young David. The Bible record is clear; Saul hated David and wanted him dead. But, God in His sovereign plan protected David from the murderous intentions of the mad king.

David survived and even thrived during those hard years when he was on the run from Saul. He grew stronger while his enemy Saul grew weaker and weaker. What a testimony to the grace of God!

This text records the awful, tragic death of King Saul and his three sons. I want to examine these verses because I believe they contain an important message for each person here.

By way of introduction, allow me to call your attention to 2 Sam. 1:17-27. In those verses, David is lamenting the death of Saul and Jonathan. As he sings his psalm of mourning, he makes a statement three times in that passage. Three times David says, “How are the mighty fallen!” I would like to take that cry of pity and lamentation and use it as my title. I want to make three observations today from the death of King Saul.

THE TRAGEDY OF SAUL’S DEATH

His Death Was A Sad Death – The scene on the battlefield that day. The armies of Israel are put to shame before their enemies and badly defeated. The bodies of the wounded and the dead litter the landscape. King Saul, the powerful, handsome king is struck by the arrows of his enemies. Near the king lie the dead bodies of his three sons. He knows that he cannot escape and that he cannot live. Saul seeks the help of his armor-bearer in ending his life; the man will not help the king so Saul ends his own life by falling on his own sword. A reign that had begun so well ends in suicide after a tragic military defeat. What a tragedy!

His Death Was A Shameful Death – While the death of Saul was sad; it was also shameful. There are two reasons why I say this.

It was shameful because of what happened – After his death, the body of Saul was desecrated by the enemies of Israel. He was beheaded and his head was sent from city to city as a grotesque symbol of the Philistine victory. His body, along with the bodies of his three sons, were taken to Bethshan and nailed to the city walls. The great king of Israel became a symbol of mockery to the enemies of God.

It was shameful because it did not have to happen – Saul’s life did not start out like it finished. Forty years earlier Saul had been a handsome young man. He had been humble, brave and obedient when he was first inaugurated as king. But, little by little he had allowed compromise into his life and he had descended into weakness and wickedness. When Saul died, he was only a short distance from Ramah where he had been crowned king forty years earlier. Spiritually, however, he might as well have been on another planet.

The tragedy of Saul’s death is that it did not have to happen like it did. God had a far better plan for his life; but he failed to live his life within the plan of God and he paid a terrible price as a result.

Sadly, we see the same thing happening to people all around us. God desires to save, bless and use people for His glory. Men, however, refuse to go God’s way and they live lives of defeat and ultimately they die tragic deaths. It does not have to be that way. God has a better plan.

Jesus said this: “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly,”( John 10:10). It appears from that verse that we can either have the ministry of the thief or the ministry of the Good Shepherd in our lives. So, if you are out of step with God’s plan, let me encourage you to line up today so that you and your family might avoid the same tragic ending that befell Saul and his family.

TODAY’S VERSE!
1 Corinthians 16:14 (New King James Version (NKJV)

14 Let all that you do be done with love.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Ring Out The Message” By: James Rowe (19110

There’s a message true and glad
For the sinful and the sad,
Ring it out, ring it out;
It will give them courage new
It will help them to be true;
Ring it out, ring it out.
Chorus
Ring out the word o’er land and sea,
Still far from Jesus many live in sin and doubt;
Ring out the news that makes men free,
To all the lost of every nation
Ring the message out.

Tell the world the world of saving grace,
Make it known in ev’ry place,
Ring it out, ring it out;
Help the needy ones to know
Him from whom all blessings flow;
Ring it out, ring it out.
Chorus
Sin and doubt to sweep away,
Till shall dawn the better day,
Ring it out, ring it out;
Till the sinful world be won
For Jehovah’s mighty Son;
Ring it out, ring it out.
Chorus


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father God! The only True Living God! Help us never to be careless about Your ways or Your Word. Enable us to not allow anything that has to do with our worship of You and our service to mankind, to become lifeless or ritual where we lose sight of the depth and meaning and purpose of our worship and service. Keep the discipline of prayer, praise and the reading and studying of Your Word fresh and alive in our hearts. Grant us a passionate hunger for Your presence, Your Word, and Your way that will guide us towards heaven and Your glory. Please accept this prayer we pray in the glorious name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen!

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ANHELIC 5/12/2013 10:59PM

    Thank you Vic for this great teaching of what not to do in todays life. We do not want to die the way Saul did and be humiliated and die a death of shame. thank you for the goodie and note. God bless you for your daily teaching.

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AZMOMXTWO 5/12/2013 4:32PM

  thank you

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LOSTLIME 5/12/2013 1:25PM

    Thank you, Vic! Thank you for my goodie today! God bless!

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LIL-DEB 5/12/2013 12:27PM

    emoticon Vic. God bless!

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CANDOIT54 5/12/2013 11:16AM

    emoticon Vic

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 5/12/2013 9:17AM

    Thanks you!

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NELLIEH1 5/12/2013 8:08AM

    There are always consequences for each of our wrong choices (wrong attitudes, thoughts, words and deeds). Along with GOD's precious forgiveness after we agree with Him about our sin (confess), come the results for us and those around us. Yet, the LORD also enables us to walk with Him triumphantly even in the midst of these IF we will trust into Him and choose to follow Him. Oh how merciful and gracious is our Living LORD!!

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GLUECIPHER 5/12/2013 7:22AM

    At midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.--Exodus 12:29

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