Samuel guided Israel into its greatest moment under King David after a dark time with King Saul.
Last week we covered where Saul disobeyed over and over until God tore the kingdom from him.
But it gave way to one of the richest times Israel has ever known under King David.
This week the rise of David.
I. THE BEGINNING OF A NEW DAY
God always has a new day, no matter how dark the days are.
I Samuel 16 is the new day built on the life of a young shepherd boy, David.
Samuel will be tested like never before.
I Samuel 16:6-7 NLT, “…the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
God looks for hearts, the inward, not outward.
Vss. 8-13 – First glance at the great King David.
He is anointed king in the privacy of a house.
God would demonstrate His power when His hand was on this shepherd boy.
All that was good for David was bad for Saul.
Vs. 14 – “Now the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord terrorized him.”
II. THE PAIN OF JEALOUSY
The story of transition from King Saul to King David is a painful and angry journey.
David begins to rise as the Lord lifts him up.
Saul’s refusal to surrender causes a huge battle.
I Samuel 18:12 – The reality of jealousy – “Now Saul was afraid of David, for the Lord was with him…”
Vs. 16 – “But all Israel and Judah loved David, and he went out and came in before them.”
This became a huge test for David.
David learned great lessons in the caves he hid in.
Psalm 59:1-10, “Rescue me from my enemies…nI have done nothing wrong…He will let me look down in triumph on all my enemies.”
III. THE SUNSET OF A GREAT LIFE
David has been anointed king and Samuel’s work is done.
He is old and faithful and has withstood the storms.
Vs. 25:1 – “All Israel mourned for him.”
Samuel left a huge legacy. Acts 3:24 tells us he was one of the prophets that foretold Jesus’ life.
Hebrews 11:32 – He is in the “hall of faith.”
His life was marked by prayer – I Samuel 12:23
It was his inner life that really set him apart.
Samuel is gone, but not dead.
John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “…The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.”
The goal for each of us is to leave a legacy; something that lasts past our lives on this planet. Samuel did