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March 31, 2018
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The Connection with Skip Heitzig

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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig: Saul didn't care about character.
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  • You know what he cared about?
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  • Reputation, "How do people perceive me?
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  • What do they think about me? How does the picture look?
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  • How does the statue that I've set up look?"
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  • So all about the outside of what people thought he was,
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  • rather than the inside of who he really was.
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  • Big difference between character and reputation.
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  • And all of that because he did not do that,
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  • he, at the end of his life, has to admit,
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  • "Indeed, I have played the fool and erred exceedingly."
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  • Skip: Would you please turn in your Bibles to
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  • the Book of 1 Samuel?
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  • Last week, we were in the Book of Judges and
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  • considering character there.
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  • Now we look at 1 Samuel, just to the right two books.
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  • 1 Samuel chapter 26.
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  • You are gonna need a Bible today to make it meaningful.
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  • We're gonna look at verses.
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  • We're gonna examine a person who makes an astonishing admission.
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  • Every year on April 1 is a thing called April Fool's Day.
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  • And I don't know if you know how that began,
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  • but in the 1500s, 1582, the French decided to change the
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  • calendar back to celebrating New Year's on January 1.
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  • Yep, up till that time, New Year's was the end of March.
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  • They celebrated it on the vernal equinox.
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  • So they decided, "Let's make it back to January 1.
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  • That'll be the New Year's Day."
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  • Well not everyone wanted to do that.
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  • They didn't agree to do it.
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  • They didn't hear about it, or they just stubbornly
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  • refused to celebrate it.
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  • So they were called, "Foolish," and jokes were played on them as
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  • they would celebrate the new year at the end of March,
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  • beginning of April.
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  • So just every year, practical jokes were done to those
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  • people who stubbornly refused to adhere to the calendar.
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  • It was April Fool's Day.
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  • Through the years, people have been very creative on April
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  • Fool's day, self included, and playing jokes on folks.
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  • But some are more famous than others.
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  • For example, in 2005, the media announced that NASA discovered
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  • water on Mars, and they told people they have even
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  • photographs to prove it.
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  • So when you would go to the website,
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  • NASA's website, they showed a picture of a glass of water on a
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  • Mars candy bar.
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  • That was their April Fool's joke,
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  • "We've discovered water on Mars."
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  • Of course, to call someone a fool is serious business.
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  • Jesus warned against that on the Sermon on the Mount.
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  • He said, "Whoever says, 'You fool,' will be in
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  • danger of hellfire."
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  • But it's quite another matter when someone refers to himself
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  • or herself that way, and such is the case here.
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  • We have King Saul in 1 Samuel 26,
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  • in verse 21: "Saul said," now this is his admission to David,
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  • "I have sinned.
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  • Return, my son David.
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  • For I will harm you no more, because my life was precious
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  • in your eyes this day."
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  • Listen to this last sentence.
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  • "Indeed I have played the fool and erred exceedingly."
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  • Nine words in that final sentence of the verse.
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  • Nine words that form an autobiographical statement,
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  • words that were said perhaps off the cuff in a moment of truth.
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  • I have a friend who is an attorney.
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  • He told me there's this thing called,
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  • "An excited utterance."
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  • That is a statement made in an unusual time
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  • or a stressful situation.
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  • For example, "Look out, we're gonna crash," or,
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  • "I think he's crazy."
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  • Those kind of statements that may be made under duress or
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  • under stress, but they betray a person's true impressions.
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  • You might wanna look at this as King Saul's excited utterance,
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  • words he probably wouldn't say otherwise or admit to anyone.
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  • But here he says, "Indeed I have played the fool
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  • and erred exceedingly."
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  • It's a tragic admission.
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  • It's a banner statement of anyone who would squander the
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  • call of God on that person's life.
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  • It's the admission of a person who would have said,
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  • "I could've been used powerfully by God,
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  • but I wasn't."
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  • It's the admission of a leader who went wrong,
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  • a king who went wrong, a dad who went wrong,
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  • a father-in-law who went wrong, a man who went wrong.
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  • All of those were Saul.
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  • Now, being the first king of Israel,
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  • King Saul occupies a lot of the Bible.
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  • Twenty-three chapters in this book are devoted to King Saul,
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  • his reign, his mistakes, twenty-three chapters.
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  • One chapter in the next book, 2 Samuel chapter 1,
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  • is devoted to Saul as well.
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  • Because so much of it is there about this one man,
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  • I'm just gonna give you highlights.
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  • I'm gonna greatly condense this, and we're gonna get an overview.
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  • Our anchor text is the one we just read,
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  • 1 Samuel 26, verse 21.
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  • What I wanna do with you, though,
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  • is kinda go through his life in this "Crash & Burn" segment.
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  • I wanna talk about how he began, then what went wrong,
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  • then how he should've changed.
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  • So we're gonna begin where he begins.
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  • I'm gonna read to you. You don't need to turn there.
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  • I'm gonna need you, though, to have ready in your Bibles 1
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  • Samuel chapter 13 in just a moment.
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  • But let me tell you how he began.
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  • He started out so well because he had such advantages at his
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  • disposal, both naturally as well as supernaturally.
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  • He had natural advantages afforded any leader.
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  • Now, if you have natural advantages for leadership as
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  • well as supernatural advantages, it's a winning combo.
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  • You could have one or the other, and they're great,
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  • but when you have them both together, it's amazing.
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  • So what did he have?
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  • Well, first of all, he had family.
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  • He had a good family.
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  • 1 Samuel chapter 9 tells us, "He is the son of Kish,
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  • a Benjamite, a mighty man, or a man of power."
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  • So Kish was from a notable family,
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  • making Saul from good stock, from a good tribe,
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  • a small tribe, but a very notable tribe,
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  • the tribe of Benjamin, named after the favored
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  • son of Jacob born by Rachel.
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  • So mark that in the advantage list.
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  • He had family.
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  • Also, in the natural advantages, he had physique.
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  • The guy looked good. He looked royal.
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  • This is 1 Samuel chapter 9, verse 2,
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  • it describes him as choice, handsome: "There was not a more
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  • handsome person than he among all the children of Israel."
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  • The girls swooned when he came.
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  • It even says that "from his shoulders upwards,
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  • he was taller than any of the people."
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  • Now, in the East, height and beauty were greatly admired.
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  • And it was thought, "If we can have a king that looks good,
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  • it makes us look good."
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  • This is why Samuel, when looking for the second king,
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  • and he comes to Jesse's house, before he picks David,
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  • he notices Eliab, the eldest.
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  • And he notices him because he's tall and he's handsome.
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  • And that's why God says, "I've rejected him.
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  • Man looks at the outward appearance.
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  • God looks at the heart."
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  • But he noticed the height of his stature."
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  • So Saul had that.
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  • Saul had family, had physique, both going for him.
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  • He had something else in the natural advantage list.
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  • Not only family, not only physique, but focus.
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  • He was focused on the right thing.
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  • He was not focused on himself.
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  • He was focused on the task given to him.
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  • Let me tell you the task. His dad lost some donkeys.
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  • Solution: "I'm gonna send Saul out to find the donkeys."
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  • And this kid was focused on that task.
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  • He was a donkey chaser, and he was happy to be one.
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  • He's out finding his dad's donkeys,
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  • when suddenly, the Prophet Samuel comes up to him,
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  • this is all in chapter 9, and says,
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  • "You're the one that all of Israel is looking to as
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  • the next king."
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  • Listen to Saul's response: "Am I not a Benjamite,
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  • of the smallest of the tribes of Israel,
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  • and my family least of all the families of the
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  • tribe of Benjamin?"
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  • What does that tell us? It tells us he was humble.
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  • He was not focused on himself. He was focused on the task.
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  • And when someone suggested,
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  • "You're a leader," he kind of bowed low.
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  • He was humble because of it.
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  • Very next chapter, chapter 10, it's coronation day.
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  • He's gonna be coronated a king.
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  • They can't find him, and they finally find him hidden behind
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  • the equipment.
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  • I mean, he didn't even wanna show up on coronation day.
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  • So he had a low view of himself.
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  • He has family, he has physique, and he has focus,
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  • and yet he says, "I've played the fool and I
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  • have erred exceedingly."
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  • "I have played the fool and erred exceedingly."
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  • Now, that's not all that he had going for him.
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  • He had those natural advantages, but now,
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  • just think for a moment, the supernatural advantages.
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  • What did he have supernaturally? Well, he had God's power.
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  • God promised this next king all of the spiritual power needed to
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  • execute the office of being king of his people.
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  • This is 1 Samuel chapter 10, verse 6: "'Then the Spirit of
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  • the Lord will come upon you,'" the prophet says,
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  • "and you will be turned into another man."
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  • How's that for a promise?
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  • "I'm gonna make you a different person."
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  • And it goes on to say he had a new heart.
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  • He was given a whole new heart.
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  • So the Holy Spirit is all over this guy.
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  • He has God's power.
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  • Stephen Christian: It was a song that we created based out
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  • of actual experiences, and I think that,
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  • as a worship director and a songwriter here for Calvary,
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  • that's what you want.
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  • You wanna write songs for the congregation that come out of
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  • the congregation, and that's where
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  • "Grace After Grace" started.
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  • Julia Frese: Lauren's accident happened on September
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  • 30 of 2015, and we went over to my mom's house for dinner.
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  • I had gone out into the garage, and I was standing around the
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  • corner by the back door, and I told my mom,
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  • "Send Lauren around."
  • 00:11:59.120 --> 00:12:00.280
  • My mom, you know, said, "No, Lauren,
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  • you know, she went outside after you did."
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  • So I went out to where her sisters were,
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  • and they were playing on a playground,
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  • and I asked 'em, you know, "Hey, where's Lauren?"
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  • And they said, "She's not out here."
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  • Cody Frese: We looked for her everywhere.
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  • Panic set in at that moment.
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  • Julia: And I remember turning around and my mom has a big
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  • window that kinda looks out towards the pond,
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  • and I seen my stepdad pulling her out.
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  • Me and Cody both started CPR.
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  • Cody: We tried until paramedics and the sheriff's
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  • department got there, and immediately transported her to
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  • the ambulance, and they were gone.
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  • Julia: I don't know how long it was before the doctors and
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  • medical team of probably 30 people or more got a heartbeat
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  • because the only thing I remember was being on the nasty
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  • emergency room floor, making a police officer who I didn't know
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  • believed in God or not pray with me.
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  • And I remember them saying, "We have a breath."
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  • Cody: She didn't have oxygen or a heartbeat for,
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  • you know, possibly 30 minutes.
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  • Julia: And I remember a lady walking up to me and telling me
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  • that a normal heartbeat for a child who had just come out of
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  • something traumatic, anything traumatic,
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  • was, you know, 20 beats per minute maybe,
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  • slowly building up.
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  • They said Lauren's was 122 flat, like somebody
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  • just gave her life.
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  • You know, she was on life support.
  • 00:13:32.240 --> 00:13:34.070
  • They said all of her major organs in her body were failing.
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  • Cody: We had to make one of the most difficult decisions,
  • 00:13:38.160 --> 00:13:41.030
  • or what we thought was gonna be the most difficult decision,
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  • and that was to pull the plug or not.
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  • 'Cause they said she was more than likely brain dead,
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  • she was gone.
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  • Stephen: I knew what I was walking into.
  • 00:13:51.070 --> 00:13:53.050
  • I knew that a little girl had drowned and had been
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  • resuscitated, but I didn't understand the full
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  • ramifications of all that was going on in this situation.
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  • Putting myself in the position of those parents alone was
  • 00:14:03.130 --> 00:14:07.210
  • enough to shake me, and what I learned
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  • next was so awe inspiring.
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  • Julia: When they woke her up, they didn't expect anything from
  • 00:14:15.110 --> 00:14:17.270
  • her at all, but little Lauren, nope,
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  • she is looking around and smiling,
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  • despite the fact that apparently,
  • 00:14:24.090 --> 00:14:26.090
  • according to the doctor, she shouldn't remember anything
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  • because she's brain dead.
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  • You know, and she's looking at Mom and dad and smiling and
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  • drinking from a cup, and at the same time,
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  • looking really confused, wondering, "Where am I?"
  • 00:14:36.160 --> 00:14:39.270
  • Stephen: Miracles are something that obviously we've
  • 00:14:39.280 --> 00:14:41.230
  • all read in the Bible, but not a lot of us have witnessed.
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  • And I witnessed a miracle from Lauren when they said,
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  • "She's just, she may not make it," to a vegetative state,
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  • to parts of her brain being dead,
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  • to seeing this little girl run up and down the front of the
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  • sanctuary with my two daughters.
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  • I mean, that is a miracle. I got to witness that miracle.
  • 00:15:03.170 --> 00:15:06.170
  • It was almost as if "Grace After Grace," the song,
  • 00:15:06.180 --> 00:15:11.150
  • had already been written, and we were just kind
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  • of singing along to it.
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  • Julia: You know, we truly believed that Lauren was
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  • gonna be perfectly fine.
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  • You know, people thought we were crazy when we said,
  • 00:15:19.270 --> 00:15:23.040
  • you know, that Lauren was gonna go home the same little girl
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  • that she was before the accident.
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  • I mean, they thought we were insane.
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  • You know, they were trying to make us believe,
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  • "You know, you need to wake up and realize that this happened
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  • and that you're gonna have to go home with possibly a kid that
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  • may be in a wheelchair or need life support or assistance for
  • 00:15:36.290 --> 00:15:40.180
  • the rest of her life."
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  • You know, but we chose to believe that God,
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  • you know, was capable of healing her,
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  • and, you know, that our faith is,
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  • you know, what brought us through this.
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  • Cody: He never gives us any more than we can handle.
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  • I mean, he knows what's gonna break us and what's gonna make
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  • us, and he's not there to inflict pain on us.
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  • He's there to be a Father and to love us and guide us
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  • and support us.
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  • Stephen: My favorite line in the entire song is this.
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  • It says, "God forgive the limitations that we so often
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  • put on you.
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  • 'Cause what could bind the King of Glory who was and is
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  • and will endure?"
  • 00:16:18.290 --> 00:16:20.080
  • I know now never to put a limitation on God because what
  • 00:16:20.090 --> 00:16:23.080
  • could bind the King of Glory who was and is and will endure,
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  • who's capable of creating the entire universe and bringing
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  • Lauren back to life?
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  • Skip: He also has God's presence.
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  • In the very next verse of chapter 10,
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  • I'm just reading this to you again,
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  • the prophet says, "God is with you."
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  • "God is with you, Saul."
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  • Now, let me just tell you, when God is with you,
  • 00:16:53.120 --> 00:16:55.260
  • you don't need anything else.
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  • You've got it all. God is with you.
  • 00:16:58.260 --> 00:17:00.280
  • Jesus said to his disciples, "Lo, I am with you always,
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  • even to the end of the age."
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  • That's all you need. Go, that's all you need.
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  • So he has family, physique, focus.
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  • He's got God's power. He's got God's presence.
  • 00:17:13.040 --> 00:17:16.230
  • And he has something else. He has God's people.
  • 00:17:16.240 --> 00:17:22.030
  • We're told in chapter 10 again, "Saul went home to Gibeah;
  • 00:17:22.040 --> 00:17:25.090
  • and," listen to this, "valiant men went with him whose hearts
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  • God had touched."
  • 00:17:30.140 --> 00:17:32.270
  • So, besides God's power and God's presence,
  • 00:17:32.280 --> 00:17:35.010
  • he has a staff of God's people, soldiers.
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  • He has every advantage to be successful,
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  • and yet he says, "I played the fool and erred exceedingly."
  • 00:17:44.230 --> 00:17:48.290
  • How does a person crash and burn with those advantages,
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  • naturally and supernaturally?
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  • I was reading an article this week by the Department of
  • 00:17:57.050 --> 00:17:59.290
  • Transportation that said the number-one cause of accidents in
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  • America, what do you think it is?
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  • Running a red light.
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  • And I don't know if it's texting.
  • 00:18:10.120 --> 00:18:12.090
  • Somebody mentioned that.
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  • It could be that texting caused you to run the red light.
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  • I wouldn't doubt that, but that's a whole 'nother sermon.
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  • This is just--red lights, running red lights is the
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  • highest cause of accidents in America.
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  • And do you know how much time you save if
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  • you run the red light?
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  • Average, 45 to 50 seconds at the most.
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  • That's all you save.
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  • But the annual cost, the burden to our society is $7 billion a
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  • year in damages just from people running red lights.
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  • Saul's whole life was running red lights,
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  • and let's look at a few.
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  • We've looked at how he began. Let's consider what went wrong.
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  • Where were the snags?
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  • What would cause a man to be so remorseful at
  • 00:18:56.210 --> 00:18:58.270
  • the end of his life?
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  • I ask that because it interests me.
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  • Some people start well, but they end poorly.
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  • When I first moved to this town, I met a man who had
  • 00:19:07.070 --> 00:19:09.270
  • been a minister for years.
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  • I was fresh to the ministry. I was fresh to the area.
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  • And it was a shocking meeting because he told me he used to be
  • 00:19:15.180 --> 00:19:20.070
  • in the ministry, but because of moral indiscretion,
  • 00:19:20.080 --> 00:19:23.090
  • some moral failure, he was not doing that any longer.
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  • And I'll never forget his words.
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  • He said, "Gone," those were his words,
  • 00:19:28.270 --> 00:19:31.090
  • "gone are the opportunities I once had.
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  • Gone is the joy of serving in the capacity I once enjoyed."
  • 00:19:34.170 --> 00:19:39.100
  • And he said, "And, Skip, the thing is,
  • 00:19:39.110 --> 00:19:41.170
  • it didn't have to be this way."
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  • It made an impact on me.
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  • F.B. Meyer once said this, and I quote:
  • 00:19:47.160 --> 00:19:50.070
  • "This is the bitterest of
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  • all, to know that suffering need not have been,
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  • that it has resulted from indiscretion and inconsistency,
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  • that it is the harvest of one's own sowing,
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  • that the vulture which feeds on the vitals is a nestling of
  • 00:20:02.260 --> 00:20:06.190
  • one's own rearing.
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  • Ah me! This is pain," close quote.
  • 00:20:08.220 --> 00:20:15.170
  • Saul could have written that, "Ah me!
  • 00:20:15.180 --> 00:20:18.230
  • This is pain!"
  • 00:20:18.240 --> 00:20:20.030
  • So, what red lights did Saul run?
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  • How did he play the fool?
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  • Well, first off, he played the fool by arrogance.
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  • He was a prideful man.
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  • I want you to look at one verse in chapter 13.
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  • Remember, I said, "Have that ready."
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  • 1 Samuel chapter 13, look at verse 3.
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  • It gives you insight: "And Jonathan attacked the garrison
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  • of the Philistines that was in Geba,
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  • and the Philistines heard of it.
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  • Then Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land,
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  • saying, 'Let the Hebrews hear!'"
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  • Now, that verse doesn't sound like
  • 00:20:55.050 --> 00:20:56.170
  • much, but let me tell you the whole chapter.
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  • King Saul, as the new king of the land,
  • 00:21:00.160 --> 00:21:03.010
  • has a standing army of 3.000 soldiers,
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  • 2.000 he maintains, 1.000 he puts in the
  • 00:21:06.200 --> 00:21:10.080
  • charge of his son Jonathan.
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  • Jonathan attacks, Jonathan gets the victory,
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  • but Dad blows the trumpet.
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  • You see, he toots his own horn literally.
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  • He takes the credit for it.
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  • And it just gives you a little bit of insight,
  • 00:21:29.050 --> 00:21:31.120
  • right at the beginning, what kind of a man
  • 00:21:31.130 --> 00:21:33.190
  • we are dealing with.
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  • It reminds me of the woodpecker I've told you before about.
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  • It was pecking, pecking, pecking at a dead tree,
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  • and a storm was brewing, and lightning came out of the sky
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  • and struck and splintered the tree,
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  • and that bird just barely got out alive and went and joined
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  • all his friends, and then said, "Look what I did."
  • 00:21:49.110 --> 00:21:53.140
  • That was Saul, "Look what I did."
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  • Well, you didn't do it, Jonathan did.
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  • You're just taking the credit for it.
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  • Saul started out humble, but the more elevated he became,
  • 00:22:00.130 --> 00:22:05.010
  • the greater he declined inwardly.
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  • And pride'll do that. Pride will destroy everything.
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  • Pride destroys families, ministries,
  • 00:22:11.100 --> 00:22:13.200
  • friendships, you name it.
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  • Get pride in there, and there will be destruction.
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  • "Pride goes before destruction," the Bible tells us.
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  • Now, in the same chapter--don't have to look at it all.
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  • We don't have the time.
  • 00:22:29.090 --> 00:22:30.180
  • Same chapter, Saul builds an altar after the battle and
  • 00:22:30.190 --> 00:22:36.080
  • sacrifices an animal on the altar.
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  • What's wrong with that? Only priests can do that job.
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  • But he decides, "I'm the king. I can do whatever I want."
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  • He sacrifices on it.
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  • Samuel shows up and said, "What do you think you're doing?"
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  • That's arrogance, that's what he's doing.
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  • Couple chapters later, chapter 15,
  • 00:22:54.280 --> 00:22:56.280
  • we are told, "Saul built himself a monument," a monument to
  • 00:22:56.290 --> 00:23:02.280
  • himself, "in Carmel."
  • 00:23:02.290 --> 00:23:06.000
  • So he thought he was so cool that he needed a statue so
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  • people could check it out as they're goin' back and
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  • forth on the road.
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  • Pride is the only disease known to man that makes everyone sick
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  • except the person who has it.
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  • This boy was sick. He was runnin' red lights.
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  • He was playing the fool by arrogance.
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  • Not only by arrogance, let me give you a second red light,
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  • Saul played the fool by indifference, indifference.
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  • To explain that, I need you now to look
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  • at chapter 14 of 1 Samuel.
  • 00:23:42.270 --> 00:23:46.090
  • And before you jump into it, let me tell you what is happening.
  • 00:23:46.100 --> 00:23:50.060
  • In chapter 14, Jonathan, Saul's son, takes action.
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  • The enemies are the Philistines. Listen to what Jonathan does.
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  • He had 1.000 men, but he's looking at his armor bearer,
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  • just two dudes.
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  • He looks at one guy, his armor bearer,
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  • and he goes, "You know what?
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  • How 'bout we do somethin' crazy?
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  • Let's you and I go against the garrison of the Philistines,
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  • just you and I, because maybe the Lord will
  • 00:24:15.250 --> 00:24:19.120
  • give us the victory."
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  • And listen to his rationale, "For what restrains the Lord
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  • from saving by many or by few?
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  • I mean, if it's the Lord, he can use a thousand,
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  • or two, or 5.000 men, but he could also just use you and me."
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  • The armor bearer said, "I'm game."
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  • They went in and God miraculously
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  • gave them the victory.
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  • What Jonathan didn't know is that his dad,
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  • Saul, had given an order to his men saying,
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  • "No one can eat anything until after the war is over and I have
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  • gained the victory on my enemies.
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  • And anyone who eats anything will be killed."
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  • Now, how stupid is that?
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  • How indifferent to the needs of a soldier is that?
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  • Soldiers need fuel before the battle.
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  • I mean, you can't eat anything until after the battle?
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  • That's like me tellin' my staff, "Nobody gets paid till
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  • we see 25 salvations.
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  • That's the quota."
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  • Well, Jonathan had not heard this curse his father put on.
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  • Look at chapter 14, verse 24: "And the men of Israel were
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  • distressed that day, for Saul had placed the people under
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  • oath, saying, 'Cursed is the man who eats any food until evening,
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  • before I have taken vengeance on my enemies.'
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  • So none of the people tasted food.
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  • Now all the people of Israel came to a forest;
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  • and there was honey on the ground.
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  • And when the people had come into the woods,
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  • there was the honey, dripping; but no one put his hand to his
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  • mouth, for the people feared the oath.
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  • But Jonathan had not heard his father's charge the people with
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  • the oath; and therefore he stretched out the end of his rod
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  • that was in his hand, dipped it into the honeycomb,
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  • and put his hand to his mouth; and his countenance brightened."
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