1 SAMUEL 16

6 Outlines

 

1 Samuel 16:1-13

LOOKING FOR A LEADER

 

There will be times in the course of God's work that a new leader will be needed.

Saul had been the king of Israel, but Saul had disqualified himself. 1 Samuel 13:5-16, 1 Samuel 15:1-31

The prophet Samuel, who had anointed Saul to be king, would be called upon again to appoint and anoint a new leader for Israel

 

SAMUEL'S MISSION - Vss. 1-3

Vs. 1 - There is a time to stop lamenting for a leader who is gone or has disqualified himself. Joshua had to stop lamenting the loss of Moses, a very good leader, and move on (Joshua 1:1-2).

Samuel had to stop lamenting the loss of Saul, who had failed, and move on.

Sometimes we fail in our churches to get over the loss of a leader good or bad and move on under God's direction.

 

Vss. 2-3 - Samuel was to step out in faith to find and anoint a new leader.God would protect him from the enemy and guide him to the man of God's choosing. Although God provides His leaders, he gives His children the job of looking for them.

 

SAMUEL'S METHOD - Vss. 4-11

Each "candidate" in Jesse's family was brought before Samuel.

Samuel, in a sense, examined them.But the ultimate choice was up to God. Samuel set aside his own personal opinions in order to do the will of God. He listened for God's voice during this process.As we search for leaders, we must also set aside our own opinions to find the men and women of God's choosing. We must look to the Lord for His choice. Psalm 32:8

 

SAMUEL'S MAN - Vss. 12-13

Samuel's "man" was closer to being a boy. Samuel's man was lowest in rank in a large family. Samuel's man was a man God filled with His Holy Spirit. Samuel's man was a man after God's own heart. 1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22

As we search for leaders, let's make sure our man is really God's man.

 

 

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1 Samuel 16

FEELING ADEQUATE

 

With all our short comings it is easy for us to feel inadequate, especially when we remember our sinful nature and habits.Christ died for our sins, and indwells us with His Spirit so we have every reason to feel adequate today.If anyone could have felt inadequate, it was David, and I'm sure there were times when he did.But generally speaking, David was a man who felt adequate, and he had good reasons. If we do what David did, we will feel adequate as well.

 

1. HAVE A HEART FOR GOD Vss. 1-10

Eliab and David's other brothers were rejected because they didn't have a heart for God. David did. Acts 13:21-22.

 

2. HAVE THE SPIRIT OF GOD Vss. 11-13

As Christians, we have the Spirit of God. Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 12:13. We need to allow the Spirit to fill or control us. Ephesians 5:18

 

3. HAVE A TESTIMONY FOR GOD Vss. 14-22

Much good is said about David in Vs. 18, but the most important words are "the Lord is with him."Matthew 5:14-16

 

 

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1 Samuel 16:1-13

MOVING ON

 

Life is full of disappointments.Our own actions, circumstances, health conditions, people, and a host of other things will disappoint us.It is very easy to let the disappointments get us so discouraged that we stop serving the Lord!When things aren't going the way we'd like them to go we have a tendency to give up.There is a time to accept the disappointments and move on to whatever God has planned for us next.

 

The prophet Samuel was discouraged.He had anointed Saul as King of Israel, but in God's eyes, he was a great failure. 1 Samuel 13:5-16, 1 Samuel 15:1-31

 

Through the life of Samuel, God teaches some lessons about moving on after a disappointment.

 

1. THERE IS A TIME TO STOP MOURNING. - Vs. 1 - Samuel mourned because of Saul's failure.All the mourning in the world does not change situations.There is a time to stop grieving, realizing that in spite of disappointments, God is in control.

 

2. THERE IS A TIME TO ACCEPT GOD'S WILL - Vs. 1 - Saul had been rejected!Samuel had to accept the fact that God had another plan for Israel and for him.So often we stubbornly hold on to what we think God's will should be, when in reality, God has another plan. God's plan is always the best plan.

 

3. THERE IS A TIME TO MOVE ON IN MINISTRY - Vss. 1-5 - God's plan was for Samuel to go to Bethlehem and anoint another king.Although Samuel was afraid of what Saul would do, he chose to obey God and go to Bethlehem.When we finally stop mourning and accept God's will in a disappointment, it is time to move forward and do as God directs.

 

4. THERE IS A TIME TO BE SENSITIVE TO GOD'S LEADING - Vss. 6-13 - It would have been easy for Samuel to anoint the wrong son of Jesse as king. He had to listen for God's guidance and God led him to His choice as King.After we have been grieving, we especially need to get back "in tune" with God and allow Him to guide us.

 

If we think about it, it is always time to accept God's will, move on in ministry and to be sensitive to God's leading.

 

 

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1 Samuel 16:1-13

FINDING THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB

 

A CHANGE WAS NEEDED - Vss. 1-5

Saul had disqualified himself from being the King of Israel.God would appoint a new king.It would be Samuelís job to anoint the new king.

 

A CHOICE WAS MADE - Vss. 6-12

The choice that was made was Godís choice, a shepherd boy named David.God looked at Davidís heart and liked what He saw!

 

CONSECRATION FOLLOWED - Vs. 13

Godís Spirit came upon David at the moment of consecration.

 

 

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GOOD BEGINNINGS

1 Samuel 16:7 etc.

 

Getting started right is so important. David was a great man of God who got started right. Let's see how:

 

TRUST - 1 Samuel 16:7 - His heart was right with God.

TRAINING - 1 Samuel 17:34-36 - Wilderness

††††††††††††††††††††† 1 Samuel16:14-23 - Saul's Court

TOUCH - 1 Samuel 16:12-13

 

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1 Samuel 16:14-23

PROBLEM IN THE PALACE

 

King Saul had fallen into disfavor with God. 1 Samuel 13:1-14, 1 Samuel 15, 1 Samuel 16:1

His falling into disfavor caused him to have a specific problem.

 

THE TROUBLE WITH SAUL - Vss. 14

The Spirit of God had been replaced with an evil spirit.

 

THE TESTIMONY OF DAVID - Vss. 15-18

The servants of Saul prescribed soothing music for the king.

David's good testimony got him the job.

The Spirit of the Lord rested on David. - Vs. 13

 

THE TOUCH OF GOD - Vss. 19-23

King Saul was soothed when David played.

 

 

 

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