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Carry Out Given Instructions     1 Sam. 13:5,7b-13b; 15:7-11,22-23     Oct. -05-08

 

Introduction

              In my experience many times people want to excuse their disobedience because of personal considerations they place about their dedication. They justify their actions in their own mind rather than Carry Out Given Instructions.

 

1.   Carry Out Given Instructions When Opposition Is . . Devastating. 13:5

       A.   Carry Out Instructions Even When Devastation Is . . Exaggerated. 13:5a

              5 The Philistines also gathered to fight against Israel: 3,000 chariots, 6,000 horsemen, and troops as numerous as the sand on the seashore.

 

       B.   Carry Out Instructions Even When Devastation Is . . Encamped. 13:5b

“. . . They went up and camped at Michmash, east of Beth-aven.”


       The quarterly brings out the textual differences behind the number of chariots in verse 5. But whether 30,000 or 3,000 it is the largest number of chariots mentioned in scripture. The words, “troops as numerous as the sand on the seashore,” may represent a hyperbole but you can appreciate the exaggeration came from the eyes of Saul and his men. They witnessed these solders marching and then encamping where they knew their location. The impact of their nearby presence obviously caused added fear for the Israelites.


 

2.   Carry Out Given Instructions When Leaders . . Delay. 13:7b-13b 

       A.   Even In Delays Carry Out Instructions Not . . Desertion. 13:7b-8

7 Some Hebrews even crossed the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. Saul, however, was still at
Gilgal, and all his troops were gripped with fear. 8 He waited seven days for the appointed time that Samuel had set, but Samuel didn't come to Gilgal, and the troops were deserting him.

 

       B.   Even In Delays Carry Out Instructions Not . . Disrespect. 13:9-10

9 So Saul said, "Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings." Then he offered the burnt

offering. 10 Just as he finished offering the burnt offering, Samuel arrived. So Saul went out to greet him,

 

       C.   Even In Delays Carry Out Instructions Not . . Disobedience. 13:11-13

11 and Samuel asked, "What have you done?" Saul answered, "When I saw that the troops were
       deserting me and you didn't come within the appointed days and the Philistines were gathering at

       Michmash, 12 I thought: The Philistines will now descend on me at Gilgal, and I haven't sought the Lord's favor. So I forced myself to offer the burnt offering." 13 Samuel said to Saul, "You have been foolish. You have not kept the command which the Lord your God gave you.


       Samuel delayed, and some of the solders deserted; Saul decided to act in a manner of disrespect to the office of priest, and exerted his office of king above that given by God to Samuel. When Samuel arrived he knew Saul acted in disobedience. Samuel brought 4 charges against Saul in the next few verses: 1) You have done foolishly, 2) You have not kept the commandment of the Lord, 3) Your kingdom will not continue, 4) You are not a man after God’s heart. At times all of us may think we can justify our actions; but do they line up with the ways and will of God? Obedience to the instructions God gives will always be the best plan.                   

 

3.   Carry Out Given Instructions When Victories Are . . Decisive. 15:7-9

       A.   In Decisive Victories . . Clarify Your Obedience To Carrying Out Instructions. 15:7-8 

7 Then Saul struck down the Amalekites from Havilah all the way to Shur, which is next to
Egypt. 8 He captured Agag king of Amalek alive, but he completely destroyed all the rest of the people with the

       sword.

 

       B.   In Decisive Victories . . Confess Your Disobedience Of Not Carrying Out Instructions. 15:9

9 Saul and the troops spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, cattle, and fatlings, as well as the

       young rams and the best of everything else. They were not willing to destroy them, but they did destroy all the worthless and unwanted things. 

 

Saul gained some very successful victories against the enemies but lost against himself. He did not

yield to, or clarify, God’s purposes in the victories. When he came to grips with his disobedience he did not confess his sin. Saul and his men focused their eyes on the spoils of victory and not on the instructions of God. Pleasures and wants grew larger than obedience. In the histories of nations this exact practice caused ruin after ruin. I heard that a noted historian said, “America will not have to have an enemy from without defeat them; they will defeat themselves.”


 

4.   Carry Out Given Instructions When Leaders Are . . Defiant. 15:10-11, 22-23

       A.   Sauls Defiance In Carrying Out Instructions Caused God’s . . Regret. 15:10-11 

10 Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel: 11 "I regret that I made Saul king, for he has
turned away from following Me and has not carried out My instructions." So Samuel became angry and cried out to the Lord all night.

 

       B.   Sauls Defiance In Carrying Out Instructions Caused God’s . . Rejection. 15:22-23 

22 Then Samuel said: Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as
in obeying the Lord? Look: to obey is better than sacrifice, to pay attention is better than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and defiance is like wickedness and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has rejected you as king. HCSB


       How do you explain God’s repentance or regret? I do believe the word should be translated regret because God does not ever need to repent. When God laid out His plan for Saul and he failed so miserably it caused regret for God. When the New Testament tells us, “not to grieve the Holy Spirit,” It is saying don’t cause regret.  God’s regret caused His rejection of Saul as the King. He wanted a man after His own heart, and that man is David. For the most part David desired to be a man seen to Carry Out Given Instructions. Let us follow him in his good example! Amen? Amen!