I SAM. 16:1(A) Background for 1st part of the verse.
SAUL - Handsome, talented, clever, personality,
[ Prin.] HUMAN POTENTIAL DOESN’T MEAN SUCCESS.
GRACE POTENTIAL OF SAUL
Saul had everything going for him and turned it all down by neglecting B.D. We have the same grace potential, B.D. at our fingertips.
FAILURE OF SAUL
God wanted to bless Saul and make him +H in time but was hindered by Saul’s lack of capacity for +H. B.D. gives cap. for +H. We all will have +H in heaven but God wants to give it to us now. Saul lived for decades in rev. but this didn’t change God’s love for him. What a tragedy, a man with so much grace potential had to be left behind because of negative volition.
SAMUEL - He was out of line crying over Saul. He was a prophet, a super grace believer, but he was out of line.
He should have realized Saul was in rev. and had neg. volition and could not be a good ruler. Samuel
would normally be afraid of nothing, but since he is out of line he is afraid of the king.
I SAM. 16: 2-5- The Lord tells Samuel how to handle the situation since he was afraid. (God’s Grace)
Consecrate – To devote to a purpose with deep solemnity or dedication.
I SAM. 16: 6-13 – Jesse trots his sons out for Samuel. He sends for David and Samuel commissions him as
Vs. 6 – Eliab was the oldest, tall, handsome, a 1st Lieutenant in the army. He was also arrogant, petty and
Vs. 11 – David was the youngest son and low man on the totem pole in Jesse’s eyes.
NOTE: All the brothers had the same father and mother, same background, the opportunity to take in B.D. but only David had consistent positive volition and consistently studied the Word of God.
READ PSA. 78:70 – Some people make a big deal of the analogy between the shepherd of Jacob (Israel) and the shepherd of sheep.
1. Sheep Stink People stink
2. Sheep are stupid People are stupid
3. Sheep have to be fed People have to be fed
4. Sheep have no sense of direction People have no sense of direction
BE ASSURED OF THIS – DAVID WAS CHOSEN BECAUSE HE HAD B.D. IN HIS SOUL! PERIOD!
Not because he had experience with sheep. Experience is way overrated. Experience doesn’t make you great. B.D. does! David could have been a farmer, merchant, stone cutter, etc. and still he would have been chosen.
He would have been great at whatever his profession because of the B.D. in his soul. There is no need to compare your job with others and feel embarrassed. No sense in being snooty either. It’s not the job that makes someone great, it’s the person in the job that’s important. David had no glowing testimony.
Human Viewpoint – What is your occupation? – Shepherd. Any experience in being a king? Any royalty in your family? No. Any college? No.
BUT GOD CHOSE HIM ON THE BASIS OF WHAT REALLY MATTERS. B.D. IN THE SOUL!
Vs. 13 – Davis was 18 yrs. old when he received his commission to be king. Here David was filled with the H/S for the 1st time.
ENDUEMENT OF THE H/S IN OLD TESTAMENT – K.N.
Indwelling of H/S is permanent – enduement is temporary.
Vs. 14 – (I Chron. 10:13 & 14) Saul went from neglect of B.D. to being neg. toward B.D., to depression, to reversionism, and finally to the Sin Unto Death - SUD.
Vs. 18 – A. David played to the sheep to calm them. He was a great musician.
B. “Valor” – distinguished himself (Ranger Patch) “Man of War” – He was a reservist.
C. He was prudent in matters…from applying B.D.
D. He was handsome – beautiful eyes.
E. The Lord was with him – He was a Super Grace mat. believer.
WITH ALL THIS GOING FOR HIM, PLUS ALREADY BEING COMMISSIONED KING, WHERE WAS
DAVID? WITH THE SHEEP.
A. David wasn’t promoting David! He was taking in B.D. and waiting for the Lord to promote him.
B. He wasn’t saying “I want it NOW Lord.” He never complained about his position of sheep
herder. He knew that the phrase “The squeaky wheel gets the grease” is strictly human
Vs. 20 – Jesse was an ass sending an ass loaded down with bribes. Jesse was a pushy conniver. He
was trying to bribe a candy merchant with a Baby Ruth.
Vs. 21 – David became Saul’s aide de camp (armor bearer) (aide).
Vs. 23 – David temporarily relieves Saul’s mental anguish.
Everyone except David had a lousy M.A. Saul, Samuel, Jesse and Eliab.
DOCTRINE OF MENTAL ATTITUDE
1. There are 2 conflicting M.A. in the human soul.
2. They are called human viewpoint and Divine viewpoint.
3. ISA.. 55:7-9 – God tells us His thoughts are not our thoughts.
4. PROV. 23:7 – Tells us that what we think is what we are. Your M.A. determines your life and character.