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"The Consequences of Disobedience"

“The Consequences of Disobedience”
I Samuel 31: 1-13

Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell slain on Mount Gilboa.

2 Then the Philistines followed hard after Saul and his sons. And the Philistines killed Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul’s sons.

3 The battle became fierce against Saul. The archers hit him, and he was severely wounded by the archers.

4 Then Saul said to his armor bearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised men come and thrust me through and abuse me.”
But his armor bearer would not, for he was greatly afraid. Therefore, Saul took a sword and fell on it.

5 And when his armor bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell on his sword, and died with him.

6 So Saul, his three sons, his armor bearer, and all his men died together that same day.

7 And when the men of Israel who were on the other side of the valley, and those who were on the other side of the Jordan, saw that the men of Israel had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook the cities and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.

8 So it happened the next day, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa.

9 And they cut off his head and stripped off his armor, and sent word throughout the land of the Philistines, to proclaim it in the temple of their idols and among the people.

10 Then they put his armor in the temple of the Ashtoreth’s, and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth Shan.

11 Now when the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul,

12 all the valiant men arose and traveled all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth Shan; and they came to Jabesh and burned them there.
13 Then they took their bones and buried them under the tamarisk tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

Introduction

One of the hardest things to preach about is the consequences of disobedience. However, it is also one of the most common experiences in the life of the child of God. Everybody has experienced it, tasted it, felt it and has endured it at some time on their journey in life.

It is the one thing that everybody remembers about somebody else! Today that’s exactly what we will do, we will remember Saul’s disobedience and what happened as a result of him not doing what the Lord told him to do.

I’m reminded today of a Poem called “Blame me not”! It’s a poem about disobedience.
Ye call me Master and obey me not,
Ye call me Light and see me not;
Ye call me Way and walk not;
Ye call me Life and desire me not;
Ye call me Wise and follow me not;
Ye call me Fair and love me not;
Ye call me Rich and ask me not;
Ye call me Eternal and seek me not;
Ye call me Gracious and trust me not;
Ye call me Noble and serve me not;
Ye call me Mighty and honor me not;
Ye call me Just and fear me not;
If I condemn you to HELL…
BLAME ME not!

What a sad way to go out of this world, for the person who knew to obey God, but chose rather to disobey Him.
Background:
Our story opens up in the place called Gilboa! It had at one time been the place of some great victories in the days of Deborah (Jud. 4–5) and Gideon (Jud. 7); but this day it would be the scene of a tragic defeat.
God had abandoned Saul, and the only thing left for the rebellious king was death. How sad that his innocent son, Jonathan, had to suffer because of the father’s sins.
Dr. Warren Wiersbe commenting on this verse says that the believer can learn some very powerful lessons from Saul’s death that can teach us many practical things:
(1) great sins often begin as “little matters”—impatience, incomplete obedience, excuse-making;
(2) once sin gets hold of people, they go from bad to worse;
(3) if we are not right with God, we will not get along with God’s people;
(4) excuses are no substitute for confessions;
(5) natural gifts and abilities mean nothing without the power of God;
(6) there is no substitute for obedience.

Saul’s life becomes a poster of disobedience and what not to do in the ministry as the child of God.
Let’s examine the text today and glean words of wisdom and knowledge and apply them to our lives, so that we may bring God honor and glory.
I. Saul’s Battle
Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell slain on Mount Gilboa.

2 Then the Philistines followed hard after Saul and his sons. And the Philistines killed Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul’s sons.

3 The battle became fierce against Saul. The archers hit him, and he was severely wounded by the archers.
Note:
When we come to this portion of the narrative we discover that Saul and Israel are in the fight of a life time. It’s both a spiritual battle and a literal battle.
The Philistines have strengthened themselves, and they are on the move to do harm to God’s people.
The text says that the enemy was winning in the fight and that Gods men were on the run for their lives. According to the text when the Philistines caught up with Gods people the slew them on the mountain of God in Gilboa! (vs.1)
The first thing I notice in this text is that when the leader of Gods people has been disobedience the consequences of spiritual warfare are not good for the people.
Saul is responsible for bringing calamity on all of the men in the battle. His disobedience as a King and refusal to obey Gods word has caused everybody to live in rebellion against God, and here we see the effects of actions.
Secondly we see in verse two that the Philistines followed hard after Saul and his sons. And the Philistines killed Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul’s sons.
Observation:
Not only did his army suffer defeat but his own children were murdered as a result of Saul’s disobedience!
The consequences of his sin impacted his house-hold and future generations to come!
The third thing we see in verse three is that the battle became fierce against Saul. The archers hit him, and he was severely wounded by the archers.
Note:
Here we discover that the one was responsible for the calamity upon the army, his family and now himself, receives recompense for his rebellion against God! As the battle got more and more intense the archers finally saw Saul and had a shot a shooting him from afar. With a perfect aim, and a shot of precision they lit up his chariot and filled his body with hot arrows!
Saul the king gets wounded in the battle, and his life now beginning to leave his body.
Observation:
Somebody listening today needs to know that God wasn't playing with Saul.
In the previous chapter it was told to him again, that he and his sons were going to die in the battle on tomorrow! Samuels prophecy came true, and now the moment is real in the life of this fallen King.
Application:
Every believer on the planet has one thing in common.
We are all in the fight of a life time! We are all in a spiritual battle with the underworld, the flesh and the world.
In this war there will be consequences and casualties!
This war is deadly, this war is serious, this war is for keeps, this war is over your witness and this war is to render you ineffective as a soldier in the army of the Lord.
Every believer should know that the consequences of your disobedience will be played out on the spiritual battlefield of life!
In this battle you will reap the consequences of your disobedience as a child of God!
Just as Saul had a battle, you too have a battle. Please learn today that God says what means and He means what He says!
To disobey God is to suffer the consequences of disobedience.
II. Saul’s Bearing

4 Then Saul said to his armor bearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised men come and thrust me through and abuse me.”
But his armor bearer would not, for he was greatly afraid. Therefore, Saul took a sword and fell on it.

5 And when his armor bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell on his sword, and died with him.

6 So Saul, his three sons, his armor bearer, and all his men died together that same day.
Note:
When we come to this portion of the text, we see how Saul conducts himself under great stress and duress.
His bearing as a king is the picture of one who is defeated and preparing to suffer the worst ending of all.
Saul is behaving as one who has lost faith, lost his way, lost his hope, lost his standing with God.
• Saul does not want to fight!
• He does not want to battle to the end.
• He does not want to hold out and hold up.
• He wants to quit because of fear of the enemy.
• Saul believes that the enemy has won, and he is going to give in to what the enemy wants.
• Saul doesn't want the enemy to kill him, so he is going to commit suicide!
Saul has a defeated attitude in life because his bearing for living is gone…
First he asks, his servant to commit murder by killing him, but when the servant refuses, he then must be evil toward himself!
Saul is actually trying to give his servant an order to disobey God! [by murdering him]
• He’s a fighter that quit fighting!
• He's a defeated soldier, who welcomes defeat!
• He is guilty of surrendering without a battle!
As a result of his surrender he falls on his own sword!
Saul gave up on living! Saul gave up on surviving! Saul gave up on life, because disobedience is a part of his lifestyle!
Application:
• The consequences of sin look just like this!
• When the child of God has lost their bearing in the spiritual battle, often times they will give up in the fight just like Saul.
• To ask another soldier to sin against you is uncharacteristic of a spiritual leader
• To fall on your own sword and take your life is not Gods will for your life!
• God saved you to put you in the battle, not to have you to take yourself out of the war because of fear of the enemy.
• But when the consequences of disobedience are upon you, your behavior will cause you to do things that you never thought that you would you do.
• Saul’s consequences are upon him, and sin has him under total control.
• He must do what sin has mandated him to do, because he now has no will of his own to obey God when he has lived in rebellion against God for so long.
• Killing himself is another act of disobedience, Saul is being defiant all the way to the grave!
Question:
• Is there anybody here that knows a believer that lives like this?
• Is there anybody here that knows a believer who will not obey God no matter what they do?
• Is there anybody here that knows a believer that has got other people in trouble because of their sinful consequences?
• Is there anybody here that knows somebody like Saul? [pray for them to snap out of it before it’s too late]
When your bearings are off because of disobedience then your actions will follow, and the consequences will always end devastation for you and those that you love!
III. Saul’s Blunder
7 And when the men of Israel who were on the other side of the valley, and those who were on the other side of the Jordan, saw that the men of Israel had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead,
they forsook the cities and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.

8 So it happened the next day, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa.

9 And they cut off his head and stripped off his armor, and sent word throughout the land of the Philistines, to proclaim it in the temple of their idols and among the people.

10 Then they put his armor in the temple of the Ashtoreth’s, and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth Shan.
Note:
When we come to this portion of the narrative we get to see how Saul’s blunder in life, caused the children of Israel to become defeated.
His failure caused fear! His failure caused them to flee from their homes and places of security!
Because he failed, they suffered the consequences.
1. The enemy moved into their residences
2. The enemy took his remains and made mockery of his memory.
3. The enemy was able to boast about ow they defeated the Lords king and his people.
4. The cut off his head and made sport of his failure.
5. They took the kings armor that was a picture of his protection, and put it in the house of their pagan gods. This was the ultimate sign of disrespect to Israel, their royal family and the God of the Israelites.
This all happened because Saul disobeyed the Lord!
His blunder was that he thought he knew more than God, and that he could do whatever he wanted whenever he wanted!
His blunder was that he thought that he didn't have to obey God!
His blunder was that he thought because he was king, there would be no consequences for his behavior!
His blunder was bigger than life, and now the whole country and his legacy would forever be reminded of his failure to obey God.
Observation:
• We know Saul’s narrative today because of his failure to obey God!
• We know Saul’s narrative today because his failure in battle.
• We Saul’s narrative today because of his failure with military bearing!
• We know Saul’s narrative today because of his blunder to live right and do right by God and others!
• All leaders are known by the same three things; their battles, their bearings and their blunders…
IV. Saul’s Burial
11 Now when the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul,

12 all the valiant men arose and traveled all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth Shan; and they came to Jabesh and burned them there.

13 Then they took their bones and buried them under the tamarisk tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

Note:

• When we come to the close of this narrative we see the emergence of some valiant men come to the defense of a fallen King and his soldiers who died in battle.

• Men who have come to honor another fallen man with dignity in dying.

• This portion of the text brings me great consolation. It does so because it says that no matter how the King had lived there was Mercy in death from does he misled.

• He received mercy in death from those whose homes he had destroyed.
• There was Mercy in death from those who had lost loved ones, resources, hopes and dreams.
• They came in-spite of warfare and took his body and the bodies of those who had suffered in war, and gave them a proper burial.

• The king died dishonorable, but men were willing to give him some honor in death.
• We can learn from this passage that God calls us to honor one another even in the face of dishonor!
We can learn from this passage that God calls us to honor one another even when we have acted dishonorable!

They gave him a burial, and would not allow for the enemy to publicly celebrate his failure any longer!

Note:

• They took his body off the wall for public display!
• They took his headless corpse off of the wall for public ridicule!
• They took his kingly position and removed his failed tenure from being the butt of jokes in the community!
• They were able to see the worth of a man, inspire of the consequences of his disobedience!

Application:
• We can learn today from this action from these valiant men!
• We can learn today from the action of these silent warriors.
• We can learn today that every man has some with, even if he must suffer the consequences of his disobedience.
• Everybody ought to be able to die with some dignity!
• Everybody ought to be able to die with a title respect.
• For every man is just a man, and capable of falling from grace!
• Don’t leave this sermon believing that you are above a Saul like experience!
• You too can be a king or queen today but a victim of your own sins tomorrow.
• [don’t get it twisted]

I got to leave you now! But I cannot afford to leave you discouraged with the doubts of discouragement for your many lives consequences…

After all I just finished reading about the evils most priceless tool, and I can’t afford for him to use it in my sermon!

The devil, according to legend, once advertised his tools for sale at public auction.
When the prospective buyers assembled, there was one oddly-shaped tool which was labeled “Not for sale.”

Asked to explain why this was, the devil answered, “I can spare my other tools, but I cannot spare this one. It is the most useful implement that I have. It is called Discouragement, and with it I can work my way into hearts otherwise inaccessible. When I get this tool into a man’s heart, the way is open to plant anything there I may desire.”
I don’t want you to leave today with room open for the deceiver to plant something that may destroy you!
So the thing to do after hearing this message is to make up your mind, to obey God in every area of your life!
Make up in your mind to live like Jesus, Gods only begotten Son. Obey God in your living, serving, giving, and dying.
Jesus did this. he is the only man to ever do it entirely and to bring God honor and glory in his living.
As the son of God, he came down from earth. Was born of a virgin, and became a man wrapped in the likeness of human flesh.
He was here to become the lamb of God and suffer for the sins of and disobedience of the world.
He took the wrath of God upon himself to atone for my sins and yours.
He died out on the old rugged cross for our sins! He was buried and raised again from the dead by the Father.

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