A New King is Crowned
Sermon • Submitted
0 ratings· 3 views
What is a King?
What is a King?
a male sovereign or monarch; a man who holds by life tenure, and usually by hereditary right, the chief authority over a country and people.
When Queen Elizabeth died this past September, the Unite Kingdom Crowned a new King. King Charles. Picture
The process of crowning a new king is called Coronation. Coronation is a ceremony whereby a sovereign is inaugurated into office by receiving upon his or her head the crown, which is the chief symbol of regal authority. From earliest historical times a king, queen, or chieftain was inaugurated by some public ceremony; the sovereign might be raised upon a shield, presented with a spear, or invested with a distinctive robe or headdress. When Europe became Christianized in the Middle Ages, some of these older customs were grafted onto a religious service derived from Old Testament descriptions of the anointing and crowning of Saul and other Israelite kings. In the typical Christian coronation service, the sovereign is anointed with holy oil and receives the crown and other royal insignia from the clergy.
The first King of the People of God, The Israelites, has failed and turned away from God. God has chosen his replacement and is readying Samuel to anoint the next King.
The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.”
Often times when we are in a dark place, we feel like we are all alone. But the truth is God is with us. Here we see Samuel in a dark place. Samuel is grieving over Saul, the king, and turning away from him. When the king turns away so goes the kingdom.
But then we see God telling Samuel no man can stop my plans so cheer up.
Then he commands Samuel to go get the oil and go where I direct you.
The last time God told Samuel to get his oil ready it was to anoint/crown Saul as King. So Samuel had to know something was up.
This is how often God works, he sees just where we are. He sees the problems and issues in our lives and leads us to the solution.
Here God tells Samuel to go to Bethlehem and find Jesse because I have provided a King in one of his sons.
This is important, because the people of Israel choose Saul, and it didn’t turn out very well. This time God is taking control and has selected the next King. One that we find out later is a man after God’s own heart.
And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’
God not only cares about his greater plans but he also cares about us personally.
Samuel knows that if Saul hears about this, he would have Samuel killed. But God has a plan to cover Samuel’s action from Saul without lying. It is a good thing to take note here. God’s nature doesn’t change. God is good all the time.
It is so easy for me to think this way. If a guy is going to kill me for doing something that God asks me to do, I will just lie to him and not tell him what I am really doing. God doesn’t lie and he doesn’t want us to.
Here, God knows a sacrifice is needed and there is nothing out of the normal to sacrifice to the Lord. So God lets him in on a little bit more of his plan.
And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do. And you shall anoint for me him whom I declare to you.”
Are you seeing the pattern here? God says do this, then I will show you your next step. It would be so much easier for us to see all the steps at once but that is not what God does here. Instead, God is more concerned with building our faith. God gives us enough light to see our next step. He equips us with just strength for the next step.
So far, we have seen God declare he is still in control and has a plan for Samuel and for his people. But he has not revealed what the plan is in full. The natural question that most of us would have is, “Do I trust God.”
Samuel did what the Lord commanded and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling and said, “Do you come peaceably?” And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
Samuel did trust God and went to Bethlehem which caused a big dust-up. Imagine the Pope out of the blue showing up in Arvin. All of the leaders of Arvin would be running around trying to figure out what was happening. That is what is happening here. Is there something wrong? Is God mad at us?
Samuel reassured them and they got ready for the sacrifice. At this point, Samuel didn’t let anyone know what was really happening. Remember if Saul finds out he would kill everyone
When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.”
As the sacrifice is happening Samuel is seeing Jesse’s family knowing one of them is the future King. Then Samuel sees the oldest son Eliab, and he thinks that this man surely is the next King.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
Take a look at this picture
The lord said, I know he looks great and powerful but this is not the man we need as a king.
The Lord points out here that try as we might we cannot see what is on the inside only God can. This is important to pick up. We see our friends and think how blessed they are, or how put together they are and we compare ourselves to what we see on the outside and not what God sees.
Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.”
The Rock wasn’t King, what about John?
Jesse brings out all of his sons except for the youngest. And God rejects them all.
Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.” And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.”
So God commands Samuel to anoint the youngest son as the next King.
Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.
I want you all to hear this. God doesn’t care where you come from. God doesn’t care what you have done. God doesn’t care what you know. When God has a plan for you it doesn’t matter. Why because we are not the source of the power to accomplish his plan, God is.
In verse 13 we see that once David was anointed with the oil he was also anointed with the Holy Spirit.
Let’s look at the 12 disciples. These men were not professional minister. These men were not even junior ministers. These men loved the Lord and had normal jobs. Then Jesus came and called them to go with him.
You see this is how God works even today. When God calls us to something we are never alone the Holy Spirit is right there with us. For those of us that are believers, that is what happened when you were saved. God called you to him, and once you were his, The Holy Spirit then began to live inside you.
This is one of the reasons I am a pastor today. I never felt like I was good enough. I am a sinner. I haven’t been to seminary. I don’t speak well. But fact is God uses the JV team to accomplish his plans. Why? Because, all the glory goes to him not his servants.
Samuel was just a child when he was called by voice to God. Josiah was only a child when he was placed as King. As a child he saw what the prior Kings had done were evil in the eyes of the Lord and changes everything to please God. The Bible is full of stories of common people being used and strengthened by God to accomplish his will.
Even when Jesus was born, he was born into a poor family from a small town. God doesn’t care about flashy things. He cares about your relationship with him.
Listen to me. It is easy for us to listen to the world around us and feel like we are not good enough to do anything for God. That is a lie from the pits of Hell. The truth is we might not be good enough but God is and he is our strength from the inside. God doesn’t call us to anything that he can’t handle. As we saw in these verses, Samuel knew if he followed through with God’s plan he could be in danger. But God had a plan. Samuel knew where he was supposed to go but didn’t know how he would be welcomed or even if “Jesse” was even there. But God had a plan and put things in motion. The only thing God asks of us is to trust him. He takes care of the rest.
Everyone close your eyes bow your head.
His name is above every name. And because his name is on you, you are not common and you are not ordinary. God has a plan for your life and has equipped you for that plan. All he requires is faith. Everyone here tonight join me in praying , Lord God he me grow my faith. Help me seek first you every day. Help me see myself as you see me. Help me recognize that I am a son or daughter of the King of Kings. Help me see that you you I am valuable and you love me. Help me see others as you see them. Help me love them as you love me Lord. In Jesus name we pray Amen.