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Picking up after the death of Saul, David is anointed King of Judah and civil war breaks out with Israel. Peace concludes, but Joab murders Abner. There is a contrast again here of Saul, a King of the Flesh with David, a Spiritual King. After Saul's death, David honors Saul's family, keeps his word, and does not treat any as enemies. David never agreed to be Saul's enemy, even if Saul was his enemy in life. David a type of Christ - anointed King by God, but waiting on God to give him the Kingdom promised rather than procuring it for himself.
Message: 1 Sam 28. Saul consults the Witch of Endor to call up Samuel for guidance before going into battle with the Philistines. Samuel told Saul that God was going to take the Kingdom from him and tomorrow Saul would be with him. David would not fight with the Philistines so it could not be said that he took part in the death of God's anointed. Just as Saul sought out a medium to give him answers in his difficulty, so often the Church goes to the World for solutions to its problems, rather than to the Word of God.
David spares King Saul AGAIN. David will not put a hand against the anointed one of God. David was in the cave and could have had his armor-bearer kill Saul, but he said he would not raise his hand against God's anointed. After Saul left the cave, David came out and confronted Saul for hunting him without a cause. Saul repented of seeking David's life and turned back.
David and Jonathan share a deep friendship. Despite the fact that Jonathan knows David will be the next king instead of himself (as was his traditional right), he pledges his love, friendship, and allegiance to David. Jonathan and David part sorrowfully because Saul plans to kill him, but the swear eternal friendship.
There were people who were traveling with Paul that the Bible says “heard the sound, but didn’t see Jesus.” In the same way there are people in every church who hear sermons every week, but have not yet seen Jesus. They haven’t yet seen that the tomb is empty. They haven’t seen the grave clothes laid aside and neatly folded. They haven’t yet seen the risen Lord.
What exactly are personal convictions? Is setting aside a personal conviction for another person's sensibilities a right thing to do? What exactly is the "chain of command" when it comes to personal convictions? If you choose to follow your conviction, what then~are you choosing to resist God or resist man? Pastor Chuck gives some tools to understand the chain of authority and responsibility in a believer's life, and examples from both the Old and New Testament of saints who dealt exactly with these questions.
David and Saul are opposites. Saul did everything he could to get out of becoming Israel's King, but once he was made king, he did everything he could to keep his power. He would not face Goliath himself, but tried to entice others to do it for him. David is anointed king and humbly waits for the Lord to crown him. In everything he does, he thinks of the Lord.
Saul's pride prevents him repenting. God does not judge the outward appearance. God chooses David over his brothers. He is anointed King of Israel, but then is sent back out to tend sheep. Through God's plan, David is brought into the court of Saul to play for him for it is known that the Lord is with him.