I Samuel 12:1-25

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Text: I Samuel 12

Aim: To show the characteristics of a man of God

CHARACTERISTICS OF A MAN OF GOD

INTRODUCTION:

It is important as we continue in our study of I Samuel to look at what we see regarding Samuel after he had been serving God for a number of years. Similarly, it is important that we look at our own lives after we have been saved for a number of years and make sure that we are really heading in the right direction in our own lives.

Today, as we consider I Samuel 12 , we see some of the characteristics of a man of God.

I. SAMUEL WAS GUILTLESS - 12:1-5

I Samuel 12:1-5 - (1) And Samuel said unto all Israel, Behold, I have hearkened unto your voice [i.e. listened to your voice, heeded your voice] in all that ye said unto me, and have made a king over you. (2) And now, behold, the king walketh before you: and I am old and grayheaded; and, behold, my sons are with you: and I have walked before you from my childhood unto this day. (3) Behold, here I am: witness against me before the Lord, and before his anointed [i.e. before Saul]: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded [i.e. cheated]? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you. (4) And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken ought [i.e. anything] of any man's hand. (5) And he said unto them, The Lord is witness against you, and his anointed [i.e. Saul] is witness this day, that ye have not found ought [i.e. anything] in my hand. And they answered, He is witness.

It is hard to preach against sins when you and others know that you are guilty of the same sins or of similar sins. It is hard for a gossip to preach against gossip. It is hard for a liar to preach against lying. It is hard for an obese individual to preach against gluttony. You don't hear many sermons on gluttony at Thanksgiving or Christmas, do you? You don't hear many sermons on gluttony ever for that matter. Perhaps, we have too many preachers who eat too much.

How do you correct your children for things of which you are guilty?

"Well, mom, you do it. Why can't I?"

"Do as I say, don't do as I do!"

"Slow down, son." "But, dad, I'm not driving any faster than you do?"

Now, what do you say? There it is again. Do as I say, don't do as I do.

It is important that we have a good testimony.

I Corinthians 10:31-33 - (31) Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (32) Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: (33) Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

II. SAMUEL WAS A MAN OF THE BOOK - 12:6-11

I Samuel 12:6-11 - (6) And Samuel said unto the people, It is the Lord that advanced Moses and Aaron, and that brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt. (7) Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the Lord of all the righteous acts of the Lord, which he did to you and to your fathers. (8) When Jacob was come into Egypt, and your fathers cried unto the Lord, then the Lord sent Moses and Aaron, which brought forth your fathers out of Egypt, and made them dwell in this place. (9) And when they forgat [i.e. forgot] the Lord their God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazar, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them. (10) And they cried unto the Lord, and said, We have sinned, because we have forsaken the Lord, and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth: but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee. (11) And the Lord sent Jerubbaal, and Bedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and ye dwelled safe.

Samuel learned from the Bible.

How well do we know our Bibles?

II Timothy 2:15 - Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Joshua 1:8 - This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

II Timothy 3:15-17 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Psalms 119:9 - Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

Psalms 119:11 - Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

III. SAMUEL WAS PERCEPTIVE IN THE THINGS OF GOD - 12:12-15

I Samuel 12:12-15 - (12) And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the Lord your God was your king. (13) Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the Lord hath set a king over you. (14) If ye will fear the Lord, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the Lord your God: (15) But if ye will not obey the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then shall the hand of the Lord be against you, as it was against your fathers.

One of the reasons people are not as perceptive in the Word of God as they might be is that they do not study their Bibles.

Another reason they are not as perceptive in the Word of God as they might be because they allow sin into their lives.

Hebrews 5:11-14 - (11) Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. (12) For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. (13) For everyone that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. (14) But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

IV. SAMUEL WAS FEARLESS IN DELIVERING GOD'S MESSAGE - 12:16-19

I Samuel 12:16-19 - (16) Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the Lord will do before your eyes. (17) Is it not wheat harvest to day? I will call unto the Lord, and he shall send thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which ye have done in the sight of the Lord, in asking you a king. (18) So Samuel called unto the Lord; and the Lord sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the Lord and Samuel. (19) And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the Lord thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.

Pastors also need to be fearless in accurately delivering God's message to their people.

II Timothy 4:1-4 - (1) I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; (2) Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (3) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; (4) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

V. SAMUEL WAS FAITHFUL IN WARNING THE PEOPLE - 12:20-22

I Samuel 12:20-22 - (20) And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart; (21) And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain [i.e. futile, useless, empty] things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain [i.e. futile, useless, nothing]. (22) For the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the Lord to make you his people.

Paul was likewise faithful in warning the people.

Acts 20:26-31 - (26) Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. (27) For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. (28) Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. (29) For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. (30) Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. (31) Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn everyone night and day with tears.

VI. SAMUEL WAS A MAN OF PRAYER - 12:23A

I Samuel 12:23 a - Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you. . . .

Paul admonished believers to pray.

I Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray without ceasing.

Ephesians 6:18 - Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

VII. SAMUEL INSTRUCTED PEOPLE IN THE TRUTH - 12:23B-25

I Samuel 12:23-25 - (23b) . . . But I will teach you the good and the right way: (24) Only fear the Lord [i.e. stand in awe of the Lord], and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you. (25) But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king.

If a pastor or parent does not teach the Bible, what else is there to teach and preach other than a lot of pet peeves or printed sermons? This is one of the reasons I have never appreciated books on sermons. They have killed many churches elsewhere. Why would any preacher want to preach them over again and kill his own church?

CONCLUSION:

Let's be careful that we don't get sidetracked in our own Christian lives with anything other than God's best for us. Let's keep a careful watch on all that we do and say, including our own attitudes, that we might finish the course God has for us and hear that Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.

It's obvious that we can't obtain these qualities which Samuel possessed at our local Walmart store. So, how can I get them? the Bible is clear. It is by consistent study of the Word of God and by its application to our hearts and minds and by our obedience to it that these things will be produced in our lives.

II Timothy 3:14-17 - 14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.