Perspective 1 Sam.
16:1-13 Oct. 12-08
Can we really see our world from God’s perspective and tell how He is leading? Someone said to a Christian, “you just claim that the Lord leads you, I think it is just coincidence.” The Christian answered, “maybe you’re right, but I find the more I pray the more of what you call coincidences, happens in my life.” All Christians dedicated to the ways of God, will know and do their best to Embrace God’s Perspective.
1. Embrace God’s Perspective Following His . . Supervision. 16:1-5
With . . Aggressive Leadership. 16:1
1 The Lord
said to Samuel, "How long are you going to mourn for Saul, since I have
him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go. I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem because
I have selected a king from his sons."
B. Supervision With . . Anointing Leadership. 16:2-3
asked, "How can I go? Saul will hear about it and kill me!" The Lord
"Take a young cow with you and say, 'I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.' 3 Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will let you know what you are to do. You are to anoint for Me the one I indicate to you."
C. Supervision With . . Assuring Leadership. 16:4-5
4 Samuel did what the Lord
directed and went to Bethlehem. When the elders of the town met
him, they trembled and asked, "Do you come in peace?" 5 "In peace," he replied. "I've come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice." Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
God desires action from His children, and Samuel mourned Saul’s downfall, evidently, longer than God intended. God wanted him to move with an aggressive activity. He knew who He wanted to anoint for the next king and planned to share His perspective with Samuel. If we walk with the Lord we can expect an unveiling of His perspective in our lives and churches. God led Samuel and he gave an assurance to the people that he was under the Lord’s direction. Samuel conveyed this assurance in his total demeanor. Does God know where we are and how to get to us? Please note God knew Jesse, his sons, and his location. So it should not be surprising to us that God knows our whereabouts.
2. Embrace God’s Perspective Following His . . Selection. 16:6-10
A. Selection Assuming The Significance Of . . Physical Attributes. 16:6-7
6 When they
arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and said, "Certainly the Lord's anointed one
before Him." 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or his stature, because
I have rejected him. Man does not see what the Lord sees, for man sees what is visible, but the Lord
sees the heart."
B. Selection Assuming The Significance Of . . Parental Assumption. 16:8-10
8 Jesse called Abinadab and presented him to Samuel. "The Lord hasn't chosen this one
either," Samuel said. 9 Then Jesse presented Shammah,
but Samuel said, "The Lord hasn't chosen this
one either." 10 After Jesse presented seven of his sons to him, Samuel told Jesse, "The Lord hasn't
chosen any of these."
We too often look at physical attributes rather than spiritual qualities. God’s perspective does not first consider the physical, but note verse 12 describes David’s physical appearance as handsome. Jesse seems to be giving his ideas for Samuel’s anointing but parental assumptions do not automatically indicate God’s perspective. The physical nor the parental serve as the basis to qualify or disqualify. God selected David from a heart perspective. He can see the motive where we cannot. However if we really walk close to the Lord He will reveal His thoughts to us.
3. Embrace God’s Perspective Following His . . Sanctioning. 16:11-13
A. Sanctioning Depending On The Lord’s . . Choice. 16:11-12
asked him, "Are these all the sons you have?" "There is still the
answered, "but right now he's tending the sheep." Samuel told Jesse, "Send for him. We won't sit down
to eat until he gets here." 12 So Jesse sent for him. He had beautiful eyes and a healthy, handsome
appearance. Then the Lord said, "Anoint him, for he is the one."
B. Sanctioning Depending On The Lord’s . . Control. 16:13
13 So Samuel took the horn of oil, anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and the Spirit
of the Lord took control of David from that day forward. Then Samuel set out and went to Ramah.
attending seminary I remember Grady Wilson, Billy Graham’s Associate,
saying the president of one
of our other seminaries asked Billy why he thought God used him so
effectively. Grady further related that the
seminary president said to Billy, “I think you are a very good
preacher, but we have several really good
preachers in this school. It must be something besides just the ability
to preach.” He then said Billy told the
president, “It is just the hand of God, I cannot explain it other than
that.” Why David for the king? We may
find evidence of his walk with the Lord and his dependence upon Him.
However God’s sanctioning of David
for the position of king makes all the difference. David was God’s
choice! From the beginning David lived
under the influence and power of the Spirit who took control. For most
of David’s life he submitted to the Lord,
and desired to Embrace God’s Perspective. The same is true for
all of us! Amen? Amen!