Ancient Kings; Saul

Join us as we take a peek at a few of the Kings in the Bible. We will learn some real life principles from each King's life and see how we can apply it to our lives.

Randy Bezet

Ancient Kings

April 14, 2024

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Ancient Kings; Saul

April 14, 2024

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1 Samuel 15:35 (NIV): Until the day Samuel died, he did not go to see Saul again, though Samuel mourned for him. And the Lord regretted [repented] that he had made Saul king over Israel.

I want what I want, instead of what God wants 


1 Samuel 15:3 (NIV): “Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.”

1 Samuel 15:9 (NIV): But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs—everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed. 

Isaiah 5:20–21 (NLT): What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. 21 What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes and think themselves so clever.

Proverbs 26:12 (NIV): Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.

1 Samuel 15:17 (NIV): Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The Lord anointed you king over Israel.”

Revelation 2:4–5 (NIV): I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. 5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. 

Isaiah 1:19 (NIV): “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land; 

Pride and sin always go together 

1 Samuel 15:12 (NIV): Early in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul, but he was told, “Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned down to Gilgal.”

Proverbs 16:18 (NIV): Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

People pleaser more than God pleaser 

1 Samuel 15:24-25,30 (NLT): Then Saul admitted to Samuel, “…for I was afraid of the people and did what they demanded…Now I beg you…come back with me…30… and honor me before the elders of my people and before Israel…”

1 Samuel 15:26 (NIV): But Samuel said to him, “I will not go back with you. You have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you as king over Israel!”

Psalm 51:1–2,10-12 (NIV): Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin…10 Create in me a [clean] heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation  and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.