Sunday Recap for 3/4 Big Picture Question: How are our actions indicative of the kingdom we are building?

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Sunday, March 4, Evident Grace Fellowship looked at 1 Samuel 14:31-46:

1 Samuel 14:31 They struck down the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon. And the people were very faint. 32 The people pounced on the spoil and took sheep and oxen and calves and slaughtered them on the ground. And the people ate them with the blood. 33 Then they told Saul, “Behold, the people are sinning against the Lord by eating with the blood.” And he said, “You have dealt treacherously; roll a great stone to me here.” 34 And Saul said, “Disperse yourselves among the people and say to them, ‘Let every man bring his ox or his sheep and slaughter them here and eat, and do not sin against the Lord by eating with the blood.’” So every one of the people brought his ox with him that night and they slaughtered them there. 35 And Saul built an altar to the Lord; it was the first altar that he built to the Lord.

36 Then Saul said, “Let us go down after the Philistines by night and plunder them until the morning light; let us not leave a man of them.” And they said, “Do whatever seems good to you.” But the priest said, “Let us draw near to God here.” 37 And Saul inquired of God, “Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will you give them into the hand of Israel?” But he did not answer him that day. 38 And Saul said, “Come here, all you leaders of the people, and know and see how this sin has arisen today. 39 For as the Lord lives who saves Israel, though it be in Jonathan my son, he shall surely die.” But there was not a man among all the people who answered him. 40 Then he said to all Israel, “You shall be on one side, and I and Jonathan my son will be on the other side.” And the people said to Saul, “Do what seems good to you.” 41 Therefore Saul said, “O Lord God of Israel, why have you not answered your servant this day? If this guilt is in me or in Jonathan my son, O Lord, God of Israel, give Urim. But if this guilt is in your people Israel, give Thummim.” And Jonathan and Saul were taken, but the people escaped. 42 Then Saul said, “Cast the lot between me and my son Jonathan.” And Jonathan was taken.

43 Then Saul said to Jonathan, “Tell me what you have done.” And Jonathan told him, “I tasted a little honey with the tip of the staff that was in my hand. Here I am; I will die.” 44 And Saul said, “God do so to me and more also; you shall surely die, Jonathan.” 45 Then the people said to Saul, “Shall Jonathan die, who has worked this great salvation in Israel? Far from it! As the Lord lives, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground, for he has worked with God this day.” So the people ransomed Jonathan, so that he did not die. 46 Then Saul went up from pursuing the Philistines, and the Philistines went to their own place.

We looked at this Big Picture Question:

How are our lives indicative of the kingdom we are building?

We found these three answers to our Big Picture Question:

  1. How We Respond to Our Needs
  2. What We Pray For
  3. What You Will Sacrifice For

How We Respond to Our Needs

1 Samuel 14:31 They struck down the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon. And the people were very faint. 32 The people pounced on the spoil and took sheep and oxen and calves and slaughtered them on the ground. And the people ate them with the blood.

The soldiers are hungry and tired, and when the battle is over, they sin by eating off the ground and with blood.  We do this too.   Think about it:

Do you ever eat too much because you felt you earned it?

You drink too much because that’s what you do when hanging with friends

You yell at your wife or kids because you are stressed out and you can’t go off on your boss or coworkers.

These are the kingdom of self-actions, not the kingdom of God.

1 Samuel 14:33 Then they told Saul, “Behold, the people are sinning against the Lord by eating with the blood.” And he said, “You have dealt treacherously; roll a great stone to me here.” 34 And Saul said, “Disperse yourselves among the people and say to them, ‘Let every man bring his ox or his sheep and slaughter them here and eat, and do not sin against the Lord by eating with the blood.’” So every one of the people brought his ox with him that night and they slaughtered them there. 35 And Saul built an altar to the Lord; it was the first altar that he built to the Lord.

What We Pray For

1 Samuel 14:36 Then Saul said, “Let us go down after the Philistines by night and plunder them until the morning light; let us not leave a man of them.” And they said, “Do whatever seems good to you.” But the priest said, “Let us draw near to God here.” 37 And Saul inquired of God, “Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will you give them into the hand of Israel?” But he did not answer him that day.

Saul’s pastor reminds him, “Hey maybe you should pray before you do something else rash.  Look at the results of the last time” and he doesn’t even know about Jonathan yet.

1 Samuel 14:38 And Saul said, “Come here, all you leaders of the people, and know and see how this sin has arisen today. 39 For as the Lord lives who saves Israel, though it be in Jonathan my son, he shall surely die.” But there was not a man among all the people who answered him. 40 Then he said to all Israel, “You shall be on one side, and I and Jonathan my son will be on the other side.” And the people said to Saul, “Do what seems good to you.”

41 Therefore Saul said, “O Lord God of Israel, why have you not answered your servant this day? If this guilt is in me or in Jonathan my son, O Lord, God of Israel, give Urim. But if this guilt is in your people Israel, give Thummim.” And Jonathan and Saul were taken, but the people escaped. 42 Then Saul said, “Cast the lot between me and my son Jonathan.” And Jonathan was taken.

God’s silence is as powerful as his answers because both are intended to draw you closer to him.

What you’ll sacrifice for

1 Samuel 14:43 When Saul said to Jonathan, “Tell me what you have done.”

Notice Saul doesn’t assume he didn’t anything wrong.  He defends himself

And Jonathan told him, “I tasted a little honey with the tip of the staff that was in my hand. Here I am; I will die.”

Jonathan doesn’t defend himself.

1 Samuel 14:44 And Saul said, “God do so to me and more also; you shall surely die, Jonathan.”  Does he have to die?  Is this the only way?  45 Then the people said to Saul, “Shall Jonathan die, who has worked this great salvation in Israel? Far from it! As the Lord lives, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground, for he has worked with God this day.” So the people ransomed Jonathan, so that he did not die. 46 Then Saul went up from pursuing the Philistines, and the Philistines went to their own place. 

Jonathan is willing to die because his actions are harming the people of God.  The people of God will ransom him so that he doesn’t have to die.  Jesus did that for us.  Though innocent, He ransomed us from our guilt.

What we will sacrifice for indicates what kingdom we are building.

Big Picture Question:  How are our lives indicative of the kingdom we are building?

Truth:  How we respond, what we pray for, and who we defend display the kingdom we serve.

Application:  Live knowing Christ’s work on your behalf ransomed you out of the kingdom of self into the kingdom of God.

Action:  Pray for objectivity and seek accountability so you can make decisions consistent with the kingdom of God.

“But if the world is watching, we might as well tell the truth. And the truth is, the church doesn’t offer a cure. It doesn’t offer a quick fix. The church offers death and resurrection. The church offers the messy, inconvenient, gut-wrenching, never-ending work of healing and reconciliation. The church offers grace.”  Rachel Held Evans

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