Sunday, October 9, 2005
©2005 Sermons copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.
1 Samuel 15:10-31/35 (
Then the Lord spoke his word to Samuel: 11 “Iam sorry I made Saul king, because he hasstopped following me and has not obeyed mycommands.” Samuel was upset, and he criedout to the Lord all night long. 12 Early the nextmorning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul.But the people told Samuel, “Saul has gone toCarmel, where he has put up a monument inhis own honor. Now he has gone down toGilgal.” 13 When Samuel came to Saul, Saulsaid, “May the Lord bless you! I have obeyedthe Lord's commands.” 14 But Samuel said,“Then why do I hear cattle mooing and sheepbleating?” 15 Saul answered, “The soldierstook them from the Amalekites. They saved thebest sheep and cattle to offer as sacrifices tothe Lord your God, but we destroyed all theother animals.” 16 Samuel said to Saul, “Stop!Let me tell you what the Lord said to me lastnight.” Saul answered, “Tell me.” 17 Samuelsaid, “Once you didn't think much of yourself,but now you have become the leader of thetribes of Israel. The Lord appointed you to beking over Israel. 18 And he sent you on amission. He said, 'Go and destroy those evilpeople, the Amalekites. Make war on themuntil all of them are dead.' 19 Why didn't youobey the Lord? Why did you take the bestthings? Why did you do what the Lord saidwas wrong?” 20 Saul said, “But I did obey theLord. I did what the Lord told me to do. Idestroyed all the Amalekites, and I broughtback Agag their king. 21 The soldiers took thebest sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the Lordyour God at Gilgal.” 22 But Samuel answered,“What pleases the Lord more: burnt offeringsand sacrifices or obedience to his voice? It isbetter to obey than to sacrifice, It is better tolisten to God than to offer the fat of sheep.23 Disobedience is as bad as the sin of sorcery.Pride is as bad as the sin of worshiping idols.You have rejected the Lord's command. Nowhe rejects you as king.” 24 Then Saul said toSamuel, “I have sinned. I didn't obey the Lord'scommands and your words. I was afraid of thepeople, and I did what they said. 25 Now, I begyou, forgive my sin. Come back with me so Imay worship the Lord.” 26 But Samuel said toSaul, “I won't go back with you. You rejectedthe Lord's command, and now he rejects you asking of Israel." 27 As Samuel turned to leave,Saul caught his robe, and it tore. 28 Samuelsaid to him, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to one of your neighbors who is better than you. 29 TheLord is the Eternal One of Israel. He does notlie or change his mind. He is not a humanbeing, so he does not change his mind. 30 Saulanswered, “I have sinned. But please honor mein front of the older leaders of my people andin front of the Israelites. Come back with meso that I can worship the Lord your God.”31 So Samuel went back with Saul, and Saulworshiped the Lord. 35 And Samuel never sawSaul again the rest of his life, but he was sadfor Saul. And the Lord was very sorry he hadmade Saul king of Israel.
2 Samuel 13:1-22 (
Some time passed. David's son Absalom had abeautiful sister whose name was Tamar; andDavid's son Amnon fell in love with her.2 Amnon was so tormented that he madehimself ill because of his sister Tamar, for shewas a virgin and it seemed impossible toAmnon to do anything to her. 3 But Amnonhad a friend whose name was Jonadab, the sonof David's brother Shimeah; and Jonadab was avery crafty man. 4 He said to him, "O son of the king, why are you so haggard morning aftermorning? Will you not tell me?" Amnon saidto him, "I love Tamar, my brother Absalom'ssister." 5 Jonadab said to him, "Lie down on