Saul: A Hearing Test
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1 Samuel 9 and 10
Lessons from this story:
1. In all circumstances of life, God is at work, even when we don't see him.
2. The work God loves to do in people is spiritual transformation.
3. Spiritual transformation is foundational for godly service.
Samuel: A Doing Test
1 Samuel 12:1-6, 19-25
Three positive checkmarks and one question mark as we evaluate Samuel's life:
1st checkmark: Samuel called the people to put away foreign gods and to follow Yahweh wholeheartedly (1 Samuel 7:2-6).
2nd checkmark: Samuel was a person who led with personal integrity (1 Samuel 12:3-5); he didn't use his authority for his own personal gain.
3rd checkmark: Samuel taught the people and prayed for them (1 Samuel 12:23).
Question mark: Why did Samuel appoint his sons as Israel's leaders if he knew that they were unjust and greedy? Notice the fact that his sons turned away from God does not imply that Samuel was somehow a bad parent. This question asks why he appointed people who were bad leaders.
Questions for personal reflection:
1. Are we wholehearted in our devotion to Jesus?
2. Are we calling our friends and neighbors to be wholeheartedly devoted to God?
3. Are we living with personal integrity with those around us?
4. Are we praying for each other and for the people around us, and are we teaching them?
Samuel: A Hearing Test
Sermon Series: "In Search of Humble Leadership: Looking at Samuel, Saul, and David, and Longing for the Messiah, Sermon 1"
3 purposes for this 7-week study:
Two desired takeaways from these messages:
Where there seems to be a vacuum of healthy leadership around us, instead of criticizing others, let’s ask ourselves if our attitude is like Samuel’s attitude, an attitude of willingness to listen to the voice of God.
The text from the message is found in Ruth 4.
Three important events from Ruth 4
1. a rescue (vv. 1-9)
Boaz was resolved to fix the problem quickly, was committed to justice, was prudent in what he did by calling witnesses, acted in integrity by telling the other kinsman redeemer the whole truth, and demonstrated wisdom by how he presented the situation (vv. 1-6).
2. a marriage (vv. 10-12)
The wedding was public and blessed by the witnesses.
3. a birth (vv. 13-22)
A child is a gift from God. The focus of vv. 14-15 falls on Naomi. The story began with Naomi’s losses and ends with her gains. The book concludes Boaz and Ruth’s son Obed with the future King David. God was not only caring for Naomi and Ruth; he was also preparing the way for the coming of the Messiah.
What can we learn from this book today?
1. No matter who you are, you have great value to God. God has a perfect plan and eternal purpose that governs your life.
2. Life must be lived with eternity in perspective. You may not understand God’s providential plans for your life, but God will carry things out for your good and for the glory of his name.
3. God’s best is yet to come.