1 Samuel 16 – Ruling Without God’s Spirit

       Notes from a sermon Carrie LeBlanc took at church. Researched on biblegateway.com; New International version.

       David’s Background (1 Samuel 16:1-6)

       1. What was Samuels reaction to Saul’s failure?

       The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his son’s to be king.”

       2. What objection did Samuel bring that shows how far Saul had already fallen? (Verse 2)

       But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me?”

       The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’

       3. How was Samuel to prepare for David’s anointing?

       “Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do? You are to anoint the one to anoint for me the one I indicate.”

       4. Was Samuels attempt to disguise his purpose in going to see David a form of deception?

       Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked him, “Do you come in peace?”

       5. How did the people feel about him coming to them?

       Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves, and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his son’s, and invited them to the sacrifice with him.

       David’s Anointing (1 Samuel 16:6-13)

       6. What must have it been like to have gone to the sacrifice?

       When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.”

       The Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider the appearance or the height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at.

       7. What did Samuel look for in finding the person to be king?

       Then Jesse called Abinidad and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.”

       8. What did Jesse think should be the right person?

       Then Jesse had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.”

       9. How was David not a likely candidate?

       Jesse had seven of his son’s pass by Samuel, but Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen these either.”

       10. What qualities did David possess?

       So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the son’s you have?”
       “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered, “he is tending the sheep.”

       Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”

       So they sent for him and brought him in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.

       Then the Lord said, “rise, and anoint him, this is the one.”

       David’s Work, (1 Samuel 16:14-23)

       11. As David has the Spirit of God come upon him, what happens to Saul?

       Now the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him.

       12. How would you describe the spirit that came upon Saul?

       Saul’s attendant said to him, “See, a spirit from the Lord has come upon you.”

       13. With whom does God send strong delusions? (2 Thessalonians 2:10)

       And all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perished because they refused to see the truth and so be saved.

       14. What was the only relief Saul received?

       “Let the lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the lyre. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes on you, and then you will be happy.”

       15. What kind of gift did Jesse give Saul?

       So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.”

       16. What place did David have before Saul?

       One of the attendants said, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well, and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him.”

     17. What kind of connection did Saul and David have at the start?

       Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is tending the sheep.” 20. So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul.

       21. David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and he became one of his armer-bearers. 22. Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Allow David to stay in my presence, for I am pleased with him.”

       23. Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.
        I will have more articles soon. Am taking some time off to deal with everything.









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