Then He said, I have sinned: yet honor me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord thy God.
1 Samuel 15:30
“Then” indicates something happened before.
King Saul’s First plea to be a man of God
25 “Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord.
Sometimes saying I am sorry will not restore even when going to worship. People expect you because you a Christian people expect you to forgive them and receive them even when they keep doing wrong.
26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord hath rejected thee from being king over Israel. (Verdict)
27 And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent. (Force)
28 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. (Reinforce Conviction)
Neighborhood was David who was already on the scene been anointed. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah,
29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent (God’s judgement is Final Disobedient must be judged when overt made public).
30 Then he said, I have sinned: yet honor me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord thy God. (Wanted exception because of his position)
31 So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the Lord (God receives worship as he prescribed Saul tries to deviate god’s plan).“
SAULS FALL FROM GRACE
He was tall handsome looked like a king from a good family he had everything to be a good candidate for a leader when the people desired to have a king.
But it was soon discovered that he did have the right heart for the job.
The right heart for the job requires a certain grace.
Something you did not work for
Something you did not earn
- God’s Grace upon is for a purpose.
- God’s Grace upon you is to bring first yourself then as you led by example others to WORSHIP.
- And Worship is based in a person being appreciative or thankful.
Some people are more inclined than others to be grateful and others are unappreciatively of the favor upon their lives not fully understanding the opportunities and the blessings that you have.
When you can see them and not take them for granted.
Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.Matthew 5:8
When you see God working in your life at times it drives you to a prostrate position of Worship. Horizontal Worship
- Saul’s worship was based on external conditions
- What was profitable:
Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.I Sam 15:3
Blamed it on the People:
But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.I Sam 15:9
He was an observer of the clouds and the wind and the rain.
yet all must learn obedience to the things of God.
Even Jesus had to learn obedience
Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;Hebrews 5:8
How? By the things which you suffer!
THERE IS A SPECIAL GRACE
Even though Grace is something unearned it is still something you must do. That is to be obedient!
His Divine nature took on flesh and God suffered.
It’s the old Nurture Vs Nature argument.
Nature is something given by God.
Nurture is something that you develop over time.
This brings up my next point of Grace.
Grace can be an environment.
The scripture says that your gift will make room for you and bring you in the presence of great men.
Your gift in its raw state is a God given talent that must be developed in order to enter the presence of Great Men.
Have you ever been in the presence of the President, or the Governor or even the Mayor. A famous person, a Superstar.
There is a special grace that is present in that environment that for the most part is intangible but you can feel it you can’t touch it. Electricity seems to be in the air.
This a condition that few are allowed or graced to enter,
Before Esther was presented to the king she had to ___________ (read scripture).
Knowing this we should recognize that we if so graced to have a treasure in earthen vessels. The greatest gift that a man woman boy of girl could experience is the presence of God in your life.
The kingdom was ripped from saul and given to David.
One mentioned as being a Man with the Heart for God. Saul proved that he was not qualified. Even after he worshipped he went back to rebellion. Consulting the witch at Endor.
All have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God. Yet when David sinned he repented and had since to let the dead rest in peace and said of his dead child you can not come to me but I must prepare my life to come to you.
If you have been graced to perform a certain task God must develop you and this can only happen if you are humble enough to receive direction from the one sent to assist you along.
You can be on the enemies team and have a special grace.
You can be a tare and God wants to recruit you.
When you see God you tend to do better in life
Another Saul with a zealous heart but on the wrong path.
Sometimes you need another person to help you get on the right path. Saul (Hebrew) Paul (Greek) was an example of this.
Saul was a up and rising star in the Jewish community committed to extinguishing the name of Jesus off the face of the earth But God.
Ananais was used by God to help Saul see.
(And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord [a]Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight)
Had different plans God uses the foolish things to confound the wise.
Like Moses erected a Brazen (bronze serpent) and whosoever shall look upon it shall live. God uses things that were abhorrent before at times without explanation: WE CAN NOT PUT GOD IN THE BOX.
Like Gideon who was confronted with leading the Israelites into battle and was instructed to send most of the people home
When God looks at number man gets in trouble.
Saul looked upon the number of Cattle and herds of the Amalikites and said someone probably said man you can sell that and buy some land or get a new carriot and SAUL LISTENED TO THE PEOPLE.
But we should trust God and follow God and when someone tells us something they will Either confirm of oppose what God has already TOLD YOU!
In Christ the majority are those who are on the LORD’s side.
God likes to use few so you are not tempted to steal his Glory.
His GRACE is sufficient to maintain his GRACE, remain humble
God resists the proud to retain his grace.
Operate in Truth.
To first capture His Grace you must Have FAITH in God.
Faith is the Key that unlocks the Door to your Next Level.
FAITH LIKE A BIG BROTHER
Every Supplication, Petition and Prayer.
The word of God.
Your faith can fight for you in every state you experience.
In the land of the living.
Let your Big Brother Fight for you.
Yes, faith has a sister her name is Charity aka sister Love.
Her last name is charity.
The last name is Action Action Charity Action Action Faith Action.
You allow Faith and Charity to work for you through you actions.
When you allow Faith and Love to work for you GRACE Emerges
The type of Grace that Stands up!
Types of Special Grace
Long Life: Nothing you can do physically to prolong your life but there are several things you can do to to keep you from dying sooner
We all have an appointment the old people called Meeting Your Maker. We Have 2 on record that have not Enoch – Elijah
And some scholars believe these are your two witnesses in the book of Revelation that were slain and laid in the streets for two day until the spirit of God raised them
God Grace is sufficient
I would Like to clarify that the one thing that you can do to prolong you life is not a physical thing like becoming a vegan or walking a mile a day drinking water. According to the command given by God when you honor your parents God with grant you long life.
HONOR is sometimes hard for another who doesn’t understand the grace on another’s life. Empathy is difficult to conceive in a vacuum when you have your own needs wants and desires. Eg College degree respect for some one without one.
Grace misunderstood is the fundamental flaw of a ignorant Christian CLARITY: (those who fight in church)
It’s a trap door that’s carnal pitiful and seeks sympathy This happens is victimhood so you make other out to become victims because of a lack of understanding the grace on another’s.
The Goal is to come unto God and WORSHIP HIM something that Saul failed to do from following the blueprint laid bu God prescribed by the Man of God and confirmed in your spirit.
This is what you must do regardless of whose looking who you trying to appease or what organizations you belong to. Your relation ship with God and the spiritual engineering project that you co author called your life becomes a thing of beauty over time.
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.1 Thessalonians 5:21