This blog concludes the sermon excerpt from I Samuel 16:13-14. While Samuel’s anointing of David had positive results for him, it had a negative impact on Saul.
Remember that the Spirit came on Saul to make him a better man as king. Because he failed to develop into that better man, he could never be an increasingly better king. Unlike Abraham Lincoln. He entered his Presidency in 1861 unprepared for the crisis of Civil War. But as a student-leader, who experienced religious conversion in those terrible years, he became a great President.
Remember also, in a rebuke to Calvinism: Saul failed his challenge despite the Holy Spirit’s presence in his life. The Spirit kept urging him to grow into being God’s man. Saul paid no attention. He remained instead his own man. He didn’t fail because God unilaterally abandoned him via predestination. Instead, only after Saul repeatedly failed to succeed, despite every divine encouragement to do so, did God abandon him, did the Holy Spirit depart from him.
That warns us that we have the ability while the Holy Spirit lives in us to thwart, to grieve, to disobey and to reject him—until he leaves us. We are not forced to be God’s children despite our desire to disobey. That also warns us that a limit exists to the time God allows favor to the disobedient. He tolerates them so long as they serve his purpose; then OUT they go. It’s happened in individuals and nations, with America and western culture presently in God’s crosshairs.
Saul forfeited his rule in Israel. More than that, he lost his chance to establish a dynasty. More than that, he lost the presence of the Holy Spirit in his life: the greatest possible loss. No believer ever wants to lose his place with God. As the penitent David said in Psalm 51, “do not cast me from your presence”; do not take your Holy Spirit from me.” Saul would never say those words!
David inherited Saul’s throne. More than that, a dynasty. More even than that, the Holy Spirit came upon him and never left! No gain could ever be so great. He would go on to write Psalm after Psalm and Messianic Psalm after Messianic Psalm. About his descendant inheriting his throne. About his descendant reigning over the house of Jacob forever. About his descendant establishing a kingdom that would never end! But this blog does.