Kevin Phipps / Jun 30, 2019 / 1 Samuel 9-10:16
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Sermon Summary / Transcript
In this sermon, Kevin tackled a long passage – 1 Samuel 9-10:16 – and a BIG topic: God’s sovereignty in all things. We considered three points:
1) God governs all of his creatures and their actions…
The Lord said to Samuel, “Tomorrow I will send a man to you.” God’s sending of Saul to Samuel involved every detail we read of up to that point in chapter nine: wayward donkeys, a failed mission, found money, a servant with an idea. And yet it was God who did the sending. There are no coincidences in life, and even in our panic, God is in complete control.
2) The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord…
Saul did not seek the throne, but God sought him. God chose the kind of man who would be favorable to the people of Israel: tall, handsome, and rich. This is what the people wanted. Saul is a judgment on Israel for their refusal of God, and yet he will be restrained: Saul is but a prince; God will remain their King.
3) God moves in mysterious ways…
Saul’s conversation with his uncle underscores a theme of the whole passage, that it is one of secrecy, of things hidden, and things revealed, of things lost and found. And yet God sees it all. He is working out his purposes and good pleasure in both the good and the bad, and He shows us this supremely in the Cross of Christ.
Our panic in the details of life don’t fit with this picture of our King, but praise God! The picture is true! So we can lay down our worries where we laid down our sin – at the foot of Jesus’ Cross.