“God’s King” – 1 Samuel 16:4-13 (Stephen)

1 Samuel 16:4-13

“Samuel did what the Lord commanded and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling and said, “Do you come peaceably?” And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

“When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.” And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.”

When my grandfather first showed me how to plow a garden, he instructed me to do two things. 1. If you are holding the plow, hold it with both hands. 2. If you are driving the tractor or working the mule, keep your eyes on the end of the row. That will keep you from plowing crooked.

When God instructed Samuel to anoint one of Jesse’s sons to be king, God was looking at the end of the row. Samuel’s job was to keep both hands on the plow and follow where God was leading.

We only see what we see with our eyes, but God sees everything else. It is when we are in constant communication with God that we are able to see what God sees.

The people chose Saul and were left disappointed, but God chose David and the kingdom flourished. So, keep your eyes on Jesus and you will plow a straight row. 

Use the HEAR method as you spend time in today’s passage. 
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you? 
Explain – what does the passage mean? 
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today? 
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?
Pastor Stephen Williams

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