1 Samuel 15, 1 Samuel 16, Luke 20:1-26

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It’s all about Authority. God has Sovereignty. Man pretends he has it.

Jesus, the chief cornerstone, says: Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder. Luke 20:18

1 Sam 15:10-11        The Word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying, “I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments.” And it grieved Samuel, and he cried out to the Lord all night.

                  What is the cause of grief? SIN. Turning away from following God. Not obeying God fully in action and heart. Saul disobeyed God’s sovereign ruling because Saul thought he had sovereignty.

                 Samuel grieved. Seeing a lack of God’s glory grieves God and His children. Watching rebellion against God and its terrible, painful effects is heartbreaking. Only the LORD can fix the root of the matter, which is why we cry out to the Lord Jesus Christ. ~1

               I relate in both ways: 1) Being like Saul and grieving the Lord Jesus Christ (Psalm 51:9-10, ~2)   and 2) Grieving Greatly as God’s daughter, crying out to the Lord for months.

The Lord Delights when I obey His Voice.  ~3

1Sam 15:22-23         Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, …For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the Word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.”

Rejecting God = Not doing the Word of God = Witchcraft, Iniquity and Idolatry.

God rejects people who reject Him, Who is the Word of God. ~4

1 Samuel 16             The Lord said …”I have provided Myself a king… Do not look at his appearance… I have refused him…the Lord looks at the heart.”

               What does God see when He sees me? Spots on my face, spots in my heart or Jesus’ Righteousness? ~5                A dirty mind or one washed and renewed by God’s Word? ~6  Under Whose Sovereignty do I live?  ~7 , ~8      

                 1 Samuel 16            The Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!” Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him…and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward.

Hate for God incurs wrath from God – yet there is mercy from God, temporarily.

1 Samuel 16             the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him. … “Look, I have seen a son … and the Lord is with him.” … So David came to Saul and stood before him. And he loved him greatly, and he became his armorbearer…. David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him.

               2000 years ago the religious leaders challenged God, they asked Jesus “Tell us, by what authority are You doing these things?”  Not being satisfactorily answered, Jesus told them a parable: “A certain man planted a vineyard, leased it to vinedressers, and went into a far country for a long time. Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that they might give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the vinedressers beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son.’”  This angered the religious ones who “that very hour sought to lay hands on Him” Luke 20

“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;” Psalm 24:1

              Saul was to follow the Owner’s commands, but he acted like he was The authority. David had a heart after God, so David knew he was not the Authority and he lived to please the Lord. The religious leaders believed they were The authority, so they challenged Jesus’ Authority, then sought to kill Jesus. ~9

                Lord Jesus, it is so obvious that I have no rights or authority. But I do have position. It is a Very High position. I am Your daughter and part of the royal priesthood. I have not earned it. You have bestowed it because of the Blood of Jesus, His Atonement on the cross.   ~10

               In that position, through the veil of Jesus’ Body, I come before You, Lord God of the Universe, please have my family cherish their precious relationship with You. Have them learn of Your Grace, Mercy and immense Forgiveness so that they do not compromise or violate their relationship with You Lord God. Amen.   ~10

For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:20

~1 Psalm 84:2, Psalm 18:6, Psalm 34:17, Psalm 56:9, Psalm 57:2, 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

~2 Isaiah 1:18, Psalm 103:12, 1 John 1:8-10

~3 John 10:1-7, 27-30

~4  John 1:1-4; John 1:11-14; John 1:29; John 10:30; Hebrews 1:3; Ephesians 4:30; John 14:24; John 15:5-11; 1 John 5:3; James 4:8; 1 Peter 1:14; Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 28

~5 2 Corinthians 5:21, Psalm 132:9, John 15:3, 1 Corinthians 1:30, Romans 3:23-26, Revelation 7:14             

~6 Ephesians 5:26, Romans 12:1-2, Ephesians 4:20-24

~7  Hebrews 12:2; Psalm 29:2; Psalm 99:5; Psalm 28:7; Psalm 30:4

~8 2Cor 5:17, John 1:29, Galatians 5:19-26, Ephesians 5:8-11

~9 1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22, Hebrews 10:10, Matthew 27:50-54, Hebrews 9:12, Hebrews 10:19-25

~10 John 3:3-21; John 1:12-14; 1 John 3:1; 1 Peter 2:5; 1 Peter 2:9; Hebrews 4:14-16; Ephesians 1; Isaiah 1:18; Psalm 103:12; 1 John 1:9; Matthew 11:28-30

Crystal (PsalmThirty4) 


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7 responses to “1 Samuel 15, 1 Samuel 16, Luke 20:1-26

  1. Therefore I need to fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith, the One with the ultimate authority. I only delude myself when I believe I have any power on my own. I really needed to meditate on this today. Thanks

  2. “It’s all about Authority. God has Sovereignty. Man pretends he has it. ” You said it so well. I pray each day I live more and more recognizing that God is sovereign.

  3. I like this message so well, I cut and pasted it into my journal. I constantly need to remind myself that without Him I can do nothing.

  4. I look at authority from a slightly different perspective. In addictions, people will try to keep control of their lives even with the knowledge that their choices are killing them. They are taught that the first step in AA begins with admitting that they are powerless. That is, that addiction has become the authority in their lives which has deceived them into believing they are in control. Therefore, the first step in recovery is to surrender that control and to understand that there is an Agent to whom they can submit their weaknesses and willfulness. Getting one’s mind to accept giving up its own authority is the most challenging concept of all and can take years of internal wrestling. Maintaining that posture of humility happens for the addict, and likewise for each Christian soul, one day at a time.

  5. Yes, we agree, Authority of God trumps all other “authorities” in Truth and Full Realty. Deception gives a “pretend” authority, or illusion. Deception makes the “evil authority” seem “good” but it causes self harm and harm of others, eternally.

    At least these three: 1- the “illusion of authority” of whatever “addiction” or stronghold “reign” one is held captive by (Ephesians 6:10-18, 2 Corinthians 10:5), or 2- “identity/ image” one is honoring (Deuteronomy 7:25), or 3- “bowing to” (Exodus 20:1-6) Surrendering any of these to the Lord God Owner of All requires hearing the Word of God, and mediation and ingestion of the Word of God (Psalm 1, Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4, John 6:63) and doing the Truth (John 8:30-36, Matthew 11:28). God’s Active and Alive Word changes us. (Hebrews 4:12-13, Isaiah 55:11)

    As you expressed, the challenge is won by getting my mind and heart to realize my overwhelming personal inadequacy for holiness and worth compared to the Lord God Almighty. Thankfully the Holy Spirit does this job. That is why God continually commands me, and all His children, to speak, live and love Truth, the Word of God. When this happens, then each of us, saved and unsaved from hell, are “seeing and hearing” faith in action, which grows our personal faith (Romans 10:17) and trust in the living Lord Jesus Who took God’s wrath for us and lives to intercede for us (Hebrews 12:1-2, Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 14:14-16).

    Maintaining this posture of humility under God grows as we continually wash our selves and each other in the Word of God, pray for each other, testify, live by the Holy Spirit, confess and repent, etc. Joyously, one day at a time, we have the honor and privilege of living with and under our beloved Lord Jesus Christ for His purpose and glory alone! Colossians 3:23-24 (Ephesians 5:26, Romans 12:1-2, Ephesians 4:23; Philippians 1:3-11, Ephesians 1; Revelation 12:11; Galatians 5:25, 1 John 1:9)

    What a great dialogue all around! Seeeee!!! This is the Very thing! We’re spreading God’s Truth for Jesus’ children to sow deeply His Word into our hearts and live under Him for Jesus to live through us ever more!! I am so encouraged! Thank you!

  6. Millie Johnson

    In reading all of this (or some) i have to say that God never rejects us, for it is His will to save, no to reject. Saul had choice, God even sent David to him as a friend, David loved Saul to the end, even though Saul was hateful to hi. so Saul took it upon himself to disobey and pulled himself away from God to the extent that his prayers were hindered.Even when he came to Samuel in time of need he was told he could no longer help him .
    Also as we enter into the new testament we see that because of Jesus and His work on the cross, His grace bestowed on us as we believe by faith..we have already obtained all we need by faith to over come this world. No we are not the holiest but God sees our spirit the very one He gave us ..like Gen 1:7 says He breathed into Adam’s nostrils. We have the very spirit of God in us …it was not specialized or formulated to be any less than God in us..our Emmanuel with us..the Holy Spirit. This is not my teaching but the Bible. We are flesh but our spirit is what God sees in us..He sees how much more we are capable of doing..but we take the teaching of tradition Colossians 3..warns us of this..I did not read all of what you wrote but tried to sum it up..I am grateful for your teaching and am not perfect yet but will be in Heaven …I am striving..

  7. juliet2912

    We were given authority and dominion over the earth through our relationship with God. Satan usurped that authority, took it for his own. But it is not his, it is ours. We have to actively choose to keep that authority and use it wisely, according to God’s will.

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