4. What we can learn from this story.
a. Taking the path of compromise will always carry the seed of struggle and even disaster. Even though Saul went on a King for 42 years, it was not a good Kingship.
b. God looks at the heart and not the outward appearance. Because of this, God was going to get it right the next time.
c. We the people, the followers, the admirers tend to make room for the Sauls. We need to guard our hearts. We should evaluate our “heroes” based on character. Wonderful people who have stumbled badly: pro golfer, Hollywood exec., worship leader, Mega Church pastor, famous entertainers, athletes, friends, and even family.
d. To obey is better than sacrifice. Character begins in the heart. No one can change a human heart but the heart holder (repentance) and God (mercy).
e. Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. Working against God and draws in the enemy.
f. Saul represents life without true conviction and ultimately the heart of the religious spirit.
g. What we will learn in contrasting Saul to the next king is that character and the fear of the Lord mean so much more to God than anointing.
h. Saul prophesied with the prophets; Saul lead the nation to victory; Saul attended the sacrifices; Saul took on the position of a God-fearing king; but in his heart he was far from being a true follower of the God of Israel.
5. Are you ready to Grow? Kick the heart of Saul out and prepare for the true heart of a warrior.
-Next week, we get to meet just who this warrior King is.