The Decline of Saul

TEXT:†† 1 Sam. 15:24-31

INTRODUCTION:

A.††††† A PITIFUL PICTURE INDEED.† HOW DID SAUL GET TO THIS POINT?

B.††††† SAUL WAS GODíS CHOICE FOR A KING (1 Sam. 9:15-17).† WHY?

††††††††† 1.†††††† Ch. 9:1-2.† None goodlier.

††††††††† 2.†††††† Ch. 9:20-21.† Humble.

††††††††† 3.†††††† Ch. 10:27.† Understanding.† 11:12-13.

C.††††† WHAT HAPPENED TO SAUL MAY HAPPEN TO US.

I.†††† THE ILL-ADVISED SACRIFICE (13:8-15).

††††† PRESUMPTION.

A.††††† THE SIN OF PRESUMPTION.

††††††††† 1.†††††† ďTo take upon oneself without permission or authorityĒ† (Webster).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Deut. 18:20.† Without God sending (Deut. 1:43)

††††††††† 3.†††††† May be outright rebellion or thoughtlessness.† Always deadly!

B.††††† GODíS REGARD FOR IT (Deut. 17:12-13;† 18:20;† Num. 15:30;† 2 Pet. 2:9-10).

C.††††† UNDER THE NEW COVENANT (2 John 9).

D.††††† Psalm 19:13.

II.††† THE FOOLISH ADJURATION (14:24-30).

††††† THOUGHLESSNESS!

A.††††† WE ARE TOLD TO BE CAREFUL (Eph. 5:15;† 1 Pet. 5:8).

B.††††† WE ARE TO BE DILIGENT IN HIS WORK (Heb. 6:11-12).

C.††††† EXAMPLES OF THOSE WHO USED NO THOUGHT:

††††††††† 1.†††††† Jepthathís rash vow (Judges 11:30-31, 34-35).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Davidís sin with Bathsheba (2 Sam. 12:10-12;† 18:33).

††††††††† 3.†††††† Lotís choosing of Sodom (Gen. 13:13;† 19:14, 26,† 31-32).

D.††††† A MOMENT WITH OUR GUARD DOWN MAY HAVE

††††††††† ETERNAL CONSEQUENCES (Heb. 12:14-17).

E.††††† ďI JUST DIDNíT THINK ÖĒ† USED TO JUSTIFY TOO MANY THINGS.

III.†† THE SPARING OF AGAG (15:1-3,† 9,† 13-15,† 20-23).

††††† REBELLION.

A.††††† ďI KNOW WHAT GOD SAID, BUT SURELY ÖĒ

B.††††† IF WE KNOW WHAT IS RIGHT AND DONíT DO IT (James 4:17).

C.††††† WHAT DOES GOD DESIRE IN US? (1 Sam. 15:22-23).

D.††††† IF WE SIN KNOWING IT Ö (Heb. 10:26-27;† 2 Thess. 1:7-9).

IV.†† THE CONSEQUENCE OF SAULíS SIN (1 Sam. 15:28).

A.††††† WE CAN FALL FROM GRACE (Gal. 5:4).

B.††††† 2 Peter 2:9-10.

CONCLUSION:† WILL YOU HUMBLE YOURSELF TO SERVE GOD?