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March 11, 2022 7:00 am
Today on Fellowship in the Word pastor Bill Gebhardt challenges you to become a fully functioning follower of Jesus Christ. Boy, that's the power of forgiveness see the power of forgiveness is, it can change the course of the world can change the course will joining us today on this additional Fellowship in the Word pastor Bill Gebhardt Fellowship in the Words the radio ministry of Fellowship Bible church located in Metairie, Louisiana.
Let's join Pastor Bill Gebhardt now is once again he shows us how God's word.
Our world is seen as not to get help is available in the outside something wrong inside is a deficiency in Saul has verse 20.
Thus, Daniel brought all the tribes of Israel near the introduced us all in the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot and then he brought the tribe of Benjamin nearby's families and he says in the nitrite family was taken in the Saul the son of Kish was taken, but when they look for him a confined notice is the big moment first king of Israel in the celebrity you can find in the light. Therefore, they inquired further of the Lord has the man come here yet so the Lord said, behold, he's hiding himself by the baggage he's hiding by scared he's insecure. He sees insecure he might be calling. Might be handsome. He might be a property might be anointed, but he scared he has no confidence at all. No self-confidence, and so they ran and they took him there and when he stood among the people.
He was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward. And Samuel said all the people BSC him, whom the Lord is chosen surely there is no one like him among all the people as all the people shouted. Long live the king. It was only up that much this would've been a credible story but there's much more to it. As you know, let's go ahead to chapter 15 in verse 17 God given Saul very direct orders about conquering the people around him. It didn't turn out to be exactly the way got it said so in verse 17 Samuel said is not true.
He says no you were little in your own eyes see Sam to give you some insight, though you were little in your own eyes.
Yes no self-confidence. He says you were made ahead of the tribes of Israel and the Lord anointed you king over Israel and the Lord said you want to mission and said go and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites and fight against them until they are exterminated. Why didn't they do not obey the voice of the Lord but rushed upon the spoil and did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.
He took spoil from them.
Then Saul said to Samuel, I did obey the voice of the Lord and I went on the mission in Woodridge the Lord to send me and have brought back a gag. He says the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroy the Amalekites, but the people took some of the spoil the sheep and the oxen.
The choices things and devoted to destruction to sacrifice to the Lord God had Gil go now notice one of the things he does. He diverts responsibility just like Cain and said it's the people who is responsible to lead the people. I think it says right there on your crown king. That's the idea of the king leads the people is another people did that and it's not that bad going to sacrifice a lot of the stuff to you anyway well. Samuel says has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord. Behold obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than that of the fat of rams for rebellion is as the sin of divination and insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord. He also has rejected you from being king dropped see that's what he does. You are out now this is interesting because you know how the story goes where in chapter 15 in chapter 16 somebody gets introduced chocolate all because of a nobody, nobody noticed is the last son of Jesse's name is David and he is the one God, now picks his people look at the outside help.
All Saul was how handsome I look at the inside secrets inside the human being. Now something happens if you remember, it happens in chapter 17. It's the Sunday school story that you know so well is David and Goliath. I remember the story Goliath and the Philistines are going to do battle with the Israelites and it's across a large valley in one of the ways you can handle a battle that is use your champion against their champion.
Save the lives of all the Army so the Philistine sent their champion Goliath.
Now the problem with Goliath for Israel was he's a big dude 9'9" 9'9".
That's a big man. That's a scary scary big man so he starts pawning Israel and he says send someone down fight me it's doing any moves across the valley. When you read chapter 17.
From his side all way up to their site coming up the other side.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch. Jesse sends David to the front lines were his brothers older brothers or soldiers and he said he sends him there to give them some food. He brings a big Mac and fries and they do so they have something to eat and he gets there and he looks down at the valley. He sees everybody appear trembling.
David just says who is this uncircumcised Philistine that's taunting the armies of the living God. That's his first response was brothers don't like at all I mean is brothers like who eat as a kid you don't get suicides in the sky and know what you mean talking like that.
So his brother stayed on paving. What if somebody will go and fight him and defeat him. Saul will make you wealthy.
You see there's a lot of rewards. David says hey I'll go get so they sent in the Saul stent and Saul says to David after he sees him like just a kid.
You see, you're just a kid. Another some similarities and some things are opposite between David and Saul.
David is also handsome. He's very handsome guy, but is not big and sophisticated estate so he's handsome and not big but is also anointed by God. Just like Saul was and is unusually gifted. I may think a David he can write music. He could play instruments he could write poetry is a great where this kid is something but there's a big difference.
David had great confidence in himself because he had great confidence in the Lord sought no confidence in the Lord. So David says I will go and fight him because he can be a problem for me. The lion and the bear camp is still the sheep. I kill them is only a teenager is invited to lion Americans only kill this guy. So Saul tried to below some practices. How about putting on my armor and go final now salsa 52 long and David to 36 short so David put the armor on her helmet resigned here on a many standing there. It says in Scripture tried to walk he could even move it is a great lesson about what you can't fight giants in your life. Somebody else's resource you I fight with yours to David take some offenses look about my sling. That's all I need. We know how the story goes, he plants one right there and he kills Goliath and it's a great day for Israel not want to pick up the story in chapter 18 verse five the aftermath. So David went on wherever Saul sent him and he prospered, and Saul's animal sent him over the men of war, and it was pleasing in the sight of all the people and also when the cytosol servants and happen as they were coming when David returned from killing the Philistine that the women came out. Of all the cities of Israel and they were singing and dancing to meet King Saul tambourines and would join with musical instruments. There is a party. They have defeated the Philistines and a start out by singing the song. The woman sang as they played Saul slain his thousands so love that spear throwers love that I might put a sleigh seat put a sauce away by the wayside. Mark, who's the tallest man in Israel who should if Michael saw Saul love the first verse. All of this. Isn't this great but he hates the second verse. Saul has slain his thousands, and David has 10,000 homeboy. She spear throwers don't like to share the glory all they do not like to share the glory at all. Saul became very angry for this thing displeased him and he said they have ascribed to David 10,000s between him describe thousands now. What more can he have, but the kingdom all x-ray spirits rose a paranoid sees paranoid should take my kingdom. He's been nothing but a faithful subject to yours.
Get the Kurds abates Goliath for you. We'll do whatever you ask. You want to song your player one you want to go fight in our meal go sauce that he was my kingdom when there's the paranoia of a spear thrower and so he looked at David with suspicion.
From that day on, and it came about when the next date an evil spirit from God came only upon Saul any Raven amidst the house and David was playing the harp with his hand as usual spear was in Saul's hand and saw her little spear free thought. I will ping David to the wall. The David escape from his presence twice there's a spear throwing what Saul's answer to this: see then the adulation will be mine, then the credit will come to me see a similar he is the cane is not much. There's been a destroyer spear throwers is a little bit different.
I will now give us of the characteristics of a spear thrower from Saul. Saul believe that the kingdom was his… She that's a problem if your spirit throw that your problem. What I mean by that. Well, I mean this I mean you believe your vocation is your vocation. But it's got you believe that your resources are your resources through God's resources. See you believe that your abilities are your abilities but the God's abilities.
You see this also. Scripture, especially in the discourses of Christ.
Above all, you think that your life's your life is God's life.
You see, that's what's holding that spirit throw some get that they just don't. That's what is so destructive. Let me illustrate that idea that your life is not your life this past week have woven Florida and my son's house over there and up while we were over there in backyard there is a very steep hill and so I went to the steep hill in the backyard. He was about a steep it's it's not quite as steep I think is a pump canal Hill going on the water like a West Esplanade, but steeper than letting it's like this and so I noticed that the neighbors have a deck and small children. That's pretty high up on the fence in a throw all the toys over the fence, so whenever I'm over there I go when I throw all the toys back. This time I threw out 56 trucks a jacket all kinds of stuff I thrown back over the fence. Meanwhile, I'm standing on the heels of the 1 foot up when down there is this big kind of weed like it very much, but we'd and had maybe a 10 foot stems on about three or four of them and I thought like to get that out of there it's up against the fence like a granite pulled on it.
I thought I saw the roots moving so I thought about putting up 11 of the crime.
So I get myself a regular know I got both the stem snaps so I just go straight backwards first thing is I landed I got a plan, which was, not a good idea, but then I immediately started spitting down the hill so I stretched out my legs and feet stop and then I got up immediately and look and see if anyone would see some.
I want them I go to my son's house and I told the story he hit my sons enjoy any time something like that happens to me if I was a pretty good story, so he asked me which humans install help install my ceiling fan in the den.
I got a new ceiling fan is a shrub install ceiling fans are neglected was a high ceiling and so has an 8 foot step ladder so everyone is that I was up or doing the wiring on the top of the ladder and I had a tool that is that I still needed. So as I come down the ladder. Maybe the third step in the bottom but somehow in my mind. I think it's the bottom step, so I just start going and of course you know what happened. I went about on my back in the ladder for the medical for over there so inclined to my son and his wife came rushing in men's are you okay are you okay fine I'm completely fine so my son despairs of the longest time. He says did you fall off your roof a couple years ago and I said yes I did.
I said the latter type that I get the got a rain garden and fell back on our patio using and what I think you said I think you're invincible as long as you're doing what God wants you to do some truth to that district. Let why is it so my life I mean I've done enough stupid things in last two years to be dead but is not my life it's his life. This is what Joe wrote the Lord gave the Lord taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord is him you see your life doesn't belong to you spirit throw things in my life will do it. No, it's God's life. He refused the think the kingdom was God he thought was his own. Also, he displayed acute insecurity and jealousy spear throwers are so insecure and so jealous you know some people have to be the bride and every wedding in the course of every funeral. They do, they just have to be the center.
I just have to be the center of attention.
Spirit throw mentality because when somebody else's. And inevitably, there are always people who are, you become jealous, just like Saul did with David he displayed amazing amount of jealousy and insecurity. By the way, a sidebar, and that if you work for spear thrower. Good luck with your next promotion.
You won't get it. Human credit showing credit scores rose when the credit they do not give others will work on people like that and I can share anything. He displayed acute insecurity and jealousy. And thirdly, he had a manipulative and a divisive spirit. He tried to sow discord between Jonathan his son David because he was jealous of the relationship of friendship from Jonathan to David and Annie's. Jonathan's father that's the kind of person a spear thrower is. You see, that's the way they see it. They have to have control. They have to get the credit now for sciatica say this if you live with a spear thrower or you work around wondering around one and a regular basis to give you a couple steps and I think David is taught us here. Step number one duck in other words, avoid avoiding step number two's crucial don't throw spears back is a tremendous temptation to do that. By the way, if you read it kind of solves chasing of David in the wilderness on two different occasions.
David had solace probably could've killed Saul with these and neither time we do it, he would not resort to spear throwing don't resort to spear throwing number three. Most importantly, look for God's purpose in the ordeal. You see there's a great deal.
You can learn by living around a spear thrower there something you can get out of this look for God's purpose in the ordeal not questions of whether you are spear thrower not just some test number one. Are you envious of people who have more give a lot of anyone people accomplish more than you have more than you see you can see them there to disseminate my fifth grade can't stand the thought that somebody beat them on a test against and thought of it. They have to be first. Secondly how do you react when someone says to you, you're being replaced because that's what happened.
Saul, by the way Sam said of your being replaced so I respond how you respond when someone says do you do that to be replaced. Thirdly, do you have angry outbursts in order to gain control of conflict as opposed to all know people like that like should I bring this up, should I talk to them about it when you get so angry. This can get so crazy.
I don't think I want to do that. That's a people to people who yell a lot and show a lot of anger very demonstrative alder using that is is a defense mechanism. In other words that's how they keep you off them.
I just get so violent so angry that you would leave me alone and I'll get the upper hand is a spear throwers. So if you're the story like cane or spiritual like Saul confessed to God, and maybe I go to the people he been hurting all these years. If there is a destroyer spear throwing your life. Here comes the hard part. Forgive them and refuse the singular level, bathe your life in their life and prayer. You do that you might be surprised what God will do we demonstrate that for a moment to now to Genesis 45 with me.
Genesis 45 Joseph you know the story. He has a lot of siblings. The whole family is nothing but destroyers and spear throwers. When you read about that family on my goodness they are about as bad as a family could be put together.
It is the ultimate dysfunctional family and it shows up in Genesis. Remember, his brothers hated him so much that they said let's go.
Let's murder him and then one or two of the brothers come in and say hey I don't know if we should do that less is home to Pittman son was a slave we just got given the sum as a slave. I can imagine doing that with sibling uses the same heart of pain the same destroying mentality so you know the story. There's a famine in the land have to go to Egypt. Joseph had no easy time in Egypt.
He went to Egypt as a slave and then he got a great job with part of her and then poppers might falsely accuse them end up back in jail, but eventually to the providence of God, ends up being prime minister read now here, his brothers, and he looks so Egyptian they have no idea who is and they come looking for some way to keep the family alive because of the famine that they have and he plays a lot of games with them and all that but I want to pick up in chapter 45 then Joseph could know could not control himself before all those who stood by him. His brothers are in front of them.
He has a lot of other officials with him. Annie's and he cried. Have everyone go out for me all the Egyptian officials leave the room but him and his brothers and so there was no man with him.
When Joseph made himself known to his brothers. He wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it in the household of her Pharaoh heard no human here man weeping that Bob.
He's really weeping.
Then Joseph said to his brothers. I am Joseph is my father still alive but his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence. That's an understatement where they think we are dead men. They have to because of the weight distortion spear throwers think everybody's a destroyer spear through so they'll think that's what I would like to limo you said to limo, but that's not Joseph. Joseph said to them, please come closer to me.
I'm sure they were all backing away and I came closer he said I am your brother, Joseph who was sold into Egypt. He says no I do not be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here. Why for God sent me here before you to preserve life. What just happened or forgiveness. Notice he doesn't bring up. He doesn't bring up what the non-forgiving person does.
How could you this to me doesn't. He's forgiven. He's done with it. He just forgave them not just turned in the last chapter, chapter 50 Moses as a little bit of an editorial comment on that episode in chapter 50 of Genesis in verse 18 then his brothers also came and fell down before him and said, behold, we are your servants. Facebook will serve you. Please Joseph said to them, do not be afraid, Fryman, God's place. Notice how he sees Liza is not my life is God's life.
This is not my place. This is God's place. You see, that's what someone who is forgiving.
That's the spirit.
They have not the spirit of a destroyer spear thrower and he says it has for you, you meant evil against me.
He's not naïve. He understands it. He said, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good. In order to bring about this present results preserve many people live so I forget you see when you forgive, you might be surprised what God can do. You might be alarmed. The things that God can do. Doesn't sound like a lot like Romans 828 all things work together for the good is she to those who love Christ. In other words, to those who see their life is Christ in all work together for the good because I have so much confidence in God.
That's what he did.
And boy, that's the power of forgiveness see the power of forgiveness is you can change the course of the whole world can change the course of your world. Ask yourself, you destroyer spear thrower are you forgive her spring father, the subject of forgiveness is so important to our daily lives as believers in Jesus Christ, we bask in the forgiveness you've given us the father, we must confess we are reluctant to forgive others we struggle with it and there is reason father is.
It's our own pride in our own sin. We see our lives as our lives.
We see everything that we have a something that is ours. Father, we need to learn the lesson. It's your life. Everything we have is yours and what you ask us to do is the following example of our Lord gave father I pray if someone here sees the destroyer and a spear throwing tendencies in her own life that they openly openly confess and acknowledge it to you may also acknowledge it to those a part father. If we are in the in living in the midst of destroyers and spear throwers in our lives. May we follow the example Joseph, may we be forgiving and leave the results to you father thank you for the forgiveness that we Jesus Christ our Lord. Pastoral never on the radio ministry of fellowship in the world. If you ever miss one of our broadcast or maybe you decide to listen to the message one more time. Remember, you can Google a great website called in one place.com that's one place.com and you can listen to Fellowship in the Word online at that website you will find on with today's broadcast and also many of our previous audio programs as Fellowship in the Word.
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