Flawless

1 Samuel 16:1-13 MOFF

1     Now the Eternal was sorry he had ever made Saul king over Israel; and the Eternal said to Samuel, “How long are you going to grieve over Saul, when I have set him aside from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil; come, I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have looked out a king among his sons?”

2     “How can I go?” said Samuel; “Saul will hear about it and kill me.” But the Eternal said, “Take a calf with you and say that you have come to sacrifice to the Eternal.

3     Invite Jesse to the sacrifice – I will tell you what to do – and anoint the man I point out to you.”

4     Samuel did what the Eternal told him, and when he came to Bethlehem, the sheikhs of the town came trembling to meet him: they said, “Does your visit mean good?”

5     “Yes,” he replied, “I have come to sacrifice to the Eternal. Consecrate yourselves and rejoice with me at the sacrifice.” He consecrated Jesse and his sons himself, inviting them to the sacrifice;

6     and when they came, and he saw Eliab, he said, “Surely the Eternal’s anointed is before him now!”

7     But the Eternal said to Samuel, “Do not look at this appearance or at the height of his stature, I have passed him by, for the Eternal does not see as man sees; man looks at the outward appearance, but the Eternal looks at the heart.’

8     Then Jesse called Abinadab, and put him before Samuel; but he said, “The Eternal has not chosen this one either.”

9     Then Jesse made Shammah walk past; but Samuel said, “The Eternal has not chosen this one either.”

10   Jesse made seven of his sons walk past Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Eternal has not chosen these.”

11   Then Samuel asked Jesus, “Are all your sons here?” He answered, “There is still the youngest, but he is a shepherd with the flock.” “Send and fetch him,” said Samuel; “we must not sit down to our banquet till he is here.”

12   Jesse sent and brought him in; he was ruddy, a lad with fine eyes and of a handsome appearance. And the Eternal said, “Go and anoint him; this is the man!”

13   So Samuel took him the horn of oil and anointed him and his brothers; and from that day onward the spirit of the Eternal inspired David strongly. Then Samuel rose and went to Ramah.

Perfectionism is a pattern of thinking that demands all areas of life must be flawless.

Perfectionists strive for acceptance because the acceptance they received in the past was based on how well they performed.

Here is the message of the entire Bible, God only uses flawless people.

  • Release Saul
  • Refocus on David

I. A King is sought

1 Samuel 9:1-2 MOFF1 There was a man belonging, to Gibeah in Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah; he was a Benjamite, a man of substance 2 and he had a son whose name was Saul, a man in the prime of his life and stalwart – there was not a man among the Israelites more stalwart than he was; he was a head taller any of the people.

1 Samuel 10:23-24 MOFF23 Then they ran and brought him forward, and as he stood among the people he was a head taller than any of them. 24 And Samuel told all the people, “Do you see whom the Eternal as chosen? There is not a man like him among all the people!” Then all the people shouted aloud, “Long live the king!”

Proverbs 4:23 NIV – Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

II. A King is brought

1 Samuel 9:1 NLT – There was a wealthy, influential man named Kish from the tribe of Benjamin. He was the son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, of the tribe of Benjamin.

1 Samuel 10:23-24 NLT23 So they found him and brought him out, and he stood head and shoulders above anyone else. 24 Then Samuel said to all the people, “This is the man the Lord has chosen as your king. No one in all Israel is like him!” And all the people shouted, “Long live the king!”

Ruth 4:7 NLT – Now in those days it was the custom in Israel for anyone transferring a right of purchase to remove his sandal and hand it to the other party. This publicly validated the transaction.

1 Samuel 17:28 NLT – But when David’s oldest brother, Eliab, heard David talking to the men, he was angry. “What are you doing around here anyway?” he demanded. “What about those few sheep you’re supposed to be taking care of? I know about your pride and deceit. You just want to see the battle!”

1 Corinthians 1:26-31 MSG26 Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. 27 Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, 28 chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? 29 That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. 30 Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. 31 That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.”

1 Samuel 16:19 MOFF – So Saul sent messengers to Jesse, saying, “Send me your son David, who is with the flock.”

III. How a king is taught

1 Samuel 17:32-37 MOFF32 “Let not my lord’s courage fail him; your servant will go and flight the Philistine.” 33 Saul said to David, “You are not able to attack this Philistine and fight him; you are only a youth, and he was a warrior from his youth!” 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father, and when a lion or even a bear came and seized a sheep from the flock, 35 I would be after him. I would strike him, and rescue it from his mouth; if he turned against me, I would catch him by the chin and kill him with a blow. 36 Your servant has killed both lions and bears. And this uncircumcised Philistine shall fare like one of them, for insulting the armies of the living God! 37 The Eternal who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear,” said David, “he will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Then said Saul to David, “Go, and may the Eternal be with you!”

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