6…David —Confessions of a King — A Character Study of Refusal — 1 Samuel 31 & 2 Samuel 1…Handout

God’s word is filled with_______. Promises of salvation, hope, and a_____. Scripture reveals how God delivers, provides and establishes those who trust in and seek Him. Each of God’s promises come with a_______. Part of the premise to all of God’s promises includes obeying all of God’s Word. Joshua is told God_____ times to be strong and courageous, carefully following all Ole Mo’s law Joshua 1:7~Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey____the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. (NIV) As the first king of Israel, Saul starts out really well. However, the Evil ____ continually tries to devour us and destroy our good character. We are reminding in 1 Peter 5:8~Be _____ and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls…(NIV) A Character Study on Refusal: Resent, _________

1) Refuse to Resent (1 Samuel 31:1-13) It should be noted God’s name is not found in 1 Samuel 31. This is a __________ of Saul’s sin. As a result, he and ____sons will die at this battle. Severely wounded Saul asks to be finished or ________. It didn’t have to end like _____. Saul’s decline began with his jealousy and resentment. (1 Samuel 18:9) Saul’s humiliation is summed up in Job 5:2~For________ (כַּעַס ka`ac) kills a foolish man, And envy slays a simple one. (NKJ) Saul lets resentment grow and cover his life, like ________. Can people who commit suicide like Saul go to heaven? 1 Samuel 28:19~The LORD will deliver both Israel and you into the hands of the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. (ESV) The next day Saul commits suicide, after being injured during a battle with the Philistines. God knows all things (2 Samuel 14:20, John 16:30, John 21:17) God still had Samuel to tell Saul he would be with him in heaven the next day. This is God’s business, because ____________ is totally by grace. Romans 11:6~And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

2)_______ to Demean (2 Samuel 1:1-27) An Amalekite arrives to report Saul’s death with his crown. He tells David Saul asked him to kill him, and he did, probably looking for a _______. 2 Samuel 1:14~David asked him, “Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed? (ESV) David cannot let the killer (liar) go unpunished. Remember David never kills Saul though he had the opportunity. Regardless of Saul’s sins, only God could ________ him from office. Like David, to win God’s applause & hear well done, requires obeying the command of Proverbs 24:17~Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company; (NIV) So, how do we speak over those who have fallen? David says in 2 Samuel 1:22-23, 27~…the bow of Jonathan did not turn back, the sword of Saul did not return unsatisfied…in life, they were loved and admired, and in death, they were not parted…swifter than eagles…stronger than lions…How the mighty have fallen! (ESV) Few things can reveal our character and nature like how we treat the fallen. Take-A-Step: ______________________________________________

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