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April 7, 2018
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The Connection with Skip Heitzig

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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig: Saul didn't
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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig: Saul didn't car
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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig: Saul didn't care
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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig: Saul didn't care about
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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig: Saul didn't care about char
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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig: Saul didn't care about charac
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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig: Saul didn't care about characte
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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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  • 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: Saul started out humble,
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  • but the more elevated he became, the greater
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  • he declined inwardly.
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  • And pride'll do that. Pride will destroy everything.
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  • Pride destroys families, ministries,
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  • 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.
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  • Same chapter, Saul builds an altar after the battle and
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  • 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,
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  • we are told, "Saul built himself a monument," a monument to
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  • himself, "in Carmel."
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  • 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
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  • look at chapter 14 of 1 Samuel.
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  • And before you jump into it, let me tell you what is happening.
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  • 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 give
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  • 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 we see
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  • 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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  • Sugar will always do that.
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  • "Then one of the people said, 'Your father strictly charged
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  • the people with an oath, saying, "Cursed is the man who eats food
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  • this day."'
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  • And the people were faint." See, what indifference does?
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  • It makes the army faint.
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  • "But Jonathan said, 'My father has troubled the land.
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  • Now look, how my countenance has brightened
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  • because I tasted a little of this honey.
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  • How much better if the people had eaten freely today of the
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  • spoil of their enemies which they found!
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  • For now would there not have been a much greater slaughter
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  • among the Philistines?'"
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  • Not only does this happen.
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  • When Saul finds out that his son Jonathan has eaten something,
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  • you know what he says?
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  • "Oh, well, we have to kill my son now."
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  • Now, again, Jonathan wasn't there to hear the order.
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  • It was a lame order anyway, but because this guy is so stubborn
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  • and indifferent to the needs of his soldiers,
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  • he goes, "Oh, well, even though my son brought us the victory,
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  • we gotta kill him 'cause I said it."
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  • That's when his men stepped in and said,
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  • "Not gonna happen."
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  • And they started losing respect at that point for him.
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  • Loyalty began to wane right then.
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  • Now, here's what he could have done.
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  • Rather than intimidating his men,
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  • he could've inspired his men.
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  • You inspire people by things like Nehemiah.
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  • Nehemiah was building a wall, and it says,
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  • "For the people had a mind to work."
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  • I love that phrase, "The people had a mind to work."
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  • And they got a mind to work because their leader Nehemiah
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  • fostered that, encouraged that, exemplified that.
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  • Saul just intimidate them.
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  • And this is why Saul never really developed loyalty among
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  • Israel, because he was indifferent.
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  • A fool will be indifferent, oblivious to the needs of others
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  • around him or her.
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  • So he plays the fool by arrogance, by indifference.
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  • There was a third red light that he ran.
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  • He played the fool by disobedience.
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  • Now, after chapter 14 is chapter 15.
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  • Thank you, I hope you're there, chapter 15.
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  • Again, I'm just sort of telling you the broad story and having
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  • you look at snippets of it.
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  • In chapter 15, there's a whole new enemy called
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  • the Amalekites, bad dudes.
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  • They surface once again, and the king,
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  • King Saul, was told by the
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  • Prophet Samuel to eliminate them.
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  • He doesn't do that.
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  • Now his arrogance that his birthed his indifference now
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  • leads to disobedience.
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  • Disobedience is always the fruit of pride.
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  • Disobedience is always the fruit of pride.
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  • When a person begins to inflate and think that they're really
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  • important, they start making their own rules up.
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  • They start writing their own rule book.
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  • So this king, King Saul, spares the enemy king,
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  • Agag, and spares some of the animals that were taken,
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  • keeps some for himself.
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  • And when he does that, he even uses spiritual words to cover up
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  • his disobedience, God talk.
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  • "Praise the Lord, brother." But he doesn't really mean it.
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  • I want you to see it.
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  • This is chapter 15, verse 13: "Then Samuel went to Saul,
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  • and Saul said to him," this is Saul comin' fresh off the
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  • battlefield, "Blessed are you of the Lord!
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  • I have performed the commandment of the Lord."
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  • Doesn't that sound good?
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  • "Praise God, Sam, good to see ya."
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  • This is the guy who says, "Praise the Lord," while putting
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  • the knife in your back.
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  • Just cover-up talk, God talk.
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  • "And Samuel said, 'Hmm, what then is this bleating of the
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  • sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?'"
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  • "If you obeyed God, why do I hear animals still?"
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  • "And Saul said, 'They,'" he's pointing to the people now.
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  • "They brought them from the Amalekites;
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  • for the people spared the best of the sheep and the oxen,
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  • to sacrifice to the Lord your God;
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  • and the rest we have utterly destroyed."
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  • Boy, you can make a lot of excuses when you pull up
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  • spiritual reasons to do so.
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  • "And Samuel said to Saul, 'Be quiet!'"
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  • Like this guy. "Be quiet!
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  • I will tell you what the Lord said to me last night."
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  • And goes on to say, "God is taking the
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  • kingdom away from you."
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  • Now, you've got a king flatly disobeying and making excuses
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  • while he's doing it.
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  • Billy Sunday, the evangelist, said,
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  • "An excuse," listen to this, "an excuse is the skin of a reason
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  • stuffed with a lie."
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  • Isn't that a great description?
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  • It's the skin of a reason stuffed with a lie.
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  • Paul Eldridge wrote: "We hate the hypocrite more keenly than
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  • the mere liar because hypocrites add to the lie
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  • with the lacquer of flattery."
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  • This is a lacquer of spirituality,
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  • and he likes to blame lots of other people.
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  • In chapter 13, after he made that sacrifice that he shouldn't
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  • have made, he blamed Samuel for being late.
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  • In chapter 14, that oath that he made against his men,
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  • he blames Jonathan.
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  • And now he blames the people.
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  • He's blame shifting, never takes personal responsibility.
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  • It's always somebody else's fault.
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  • He played the fool by disobedience.
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  • Skip: When it comes to crusade evangelism and response,
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  • are you seeing around the world, even in our country,
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  • a hunger from younger people?
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  • Are you seeing young people at the crusades coming out?
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  • Franklin Graham: I do, Skip, but I think the problem I see in
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  • this country is a lack of interest across the board
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  • with the churches.
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  • Skip: With churches?
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  • Franklin: With churches, the churches are become so busy.
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  • Their calendars are becoming so full,
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  • and to take time to be a part of an evangelistic effort,
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  • that means that's gonna take more money,
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  • which they have limited budgets.
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  • It means it's going to be another event on their calendar,
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  • and they're already full.
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  • And it means the pastor's gonna have to maybe do somethin' else.
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  • And I find that it's getting more difficult.
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  • Churches will give lip service, "Oh, yeah--"
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  • But it's getting harder, Skip,
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  • and it concerns me because we're losing the vision of evangelism.
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  • And there are a lot of churches that think,
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  • "Well," you know, they signed up for a program to do this,
  • 00:12:30.090 --> 00:12:35.050
  • or a program to do that, and they think,
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  • "Well, we've done our evangelism for the year."
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  • You know, evangelism is something that has to be done--
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  • Skip: All the time. Franklin: Weekly, monthly.
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  • It's not something you do once a year or once every
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  • five years or ten years.
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  • But the advantage of having, like,
  • 00:12:49.140 --> 00:12:52.070
  • a crusade, where you can get all the churches mobilized in a
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  • community, and having people praying and focusing on the
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  • lost, and God answers prayer.
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  • And we've had some great meetings this year in some
  • 00:13:06.190 --> 00:13:09.150
  • smaller cities, like, well, we were in Pittsburgh.
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  • We were in Erie, Pennsylvania. We were up in Toronto.
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  • And we saw, no question, a lot of young people come,
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  • and we saw the churches come together and united,
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  • and we saw that in those cities.
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  • And one of the things I'm doing, Skip,
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  • now, is I'm just bein' maybe a little bit more careful in what
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  • invitations I accept.
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  • I only want to go to those cities where there really is a
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  • burden by the churches for evangelism.
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  • And if there's not--if it's not a real burden on their hearts,
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  • then I'm just not gonna go.
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  • Skip: And you would gauge that by the number of churches
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  • working together, cooperating together?
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  • Franklin: It would be the churches cooperating,
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  • but it would also be the reports of the laymen that have been
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  • praying for weeks and years and months.
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  • Each city we went to this year, there had been a group of laymen
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  • from different churches that had been meeting and praying that
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  • God would do somethin' in their community.
  • 00:14:07.210 --> 00:14:09.190
  • And so, when you realize, "Okay, they have been prayin'
  • 00:14:09.200 --> 00:14:12.260
  • now for years.
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  • This isn't just somethin' that came to their mind
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  • six months ago.
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  • This has been on their hearts, and they've been prayin'.
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  • This has been a burden."
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  • And when you meet the pastors and they say the same thing,
  • 00:14:21.180 --> 00:14:24.220
  • "These men have been praying and we feel that it's now God's time
  • 00:14:24.230 --> 00:14:28.130
  • for our community," those are the kind of things that
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  • I look at, markers that I'm looking for.
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  • Skip: Let me show you a fourth and final way he did it.
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  • He played the fool by preeminence, by preeminence.
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  • He always wanted to be the guy that people looked up
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  • to as the best.
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  • That's where his pride leads, now to preeminence.
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  • He can't stand it if somebody gets the attention.
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  • Okay, now look at chapter 18 for just a moment,
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  • and as you're turning there, let me tell you what
  • 00:15:00.230 --> 00:15:02.290
  • you are skipping.
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  • In between what we just read in chapter 15 and chapter 18,
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  • there's a notable battle, a little shepherd boy named David
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  • against a big dude named Goliath.
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  • That happens in chapter 17, David and Goliath.
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  • This little shepherd kid has guts, faith,
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  • goes up against Goliath, beats him.
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  • Now let's look at chapter 18, verse 5: "So David went out
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  • wherever Saul sent him, and behaved wisely.
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  • And Saul set him over the men of war,
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  • and he was accepted in the sight of all the people and also in
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  • the sight of Saul's servants.
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  • Now it happened as they were coming home,
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  • when David was returning from the slaughter of the Philistine,
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  • that the women had come out of all the cities of Israel,
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  • singing and dancing, to meet King Saul,
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  • with tambourines, with joy, and with musical instruments."
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  • And you gotta know that Saul was super stoked when the chicks
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  • were comin' out and singin' about him.
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  • What he didn't count on were the lyrics to the song
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  • they were singing.
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  • It was a popular song. It was on the Top 40 list.
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  • It was number 1 in the country.
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  • It says, verse 7: "The women sang as they danced,
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  • and said: 'Saul has slain his thousands,
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  • and David his ten thousands.'"
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  • Whoo, didn't like the lyrics of that song.
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  • David has now been launched--because he
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  • defeated Goliath, he's launched into celebrity
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  • status, higher than Saul.
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  • Let's look at his reaction.
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  • "Then Saul was very angry, and the saying displeased him;
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  • and he said, 'They have ascribed to David ten thousands,
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  • and to me they have ascribed only thousands.'"
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  • I have to do it in that pouty voice 'cause it's,
  • 00:17:00.250 --> 00:17:02.120
  • like, pouty boy king.
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  • "'Now what more can he have but the kingdom?'
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  • So Saul eyed David from that day forward.
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  • Now you have a king who's jealous of a shepherd boy,
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  • and jealousy always blows everything out of proportion,
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  • and will create irrational behavior.
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  • When you're jealous at a person, you always look at the Instagram
  • 00:17:29.030 --> 00:17:33.200
  • post, or the Twitter feed, and you read stuff into it,
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  • and you're angry with what you see.
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  • That's what jealousy does.
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  • It blows things out of proportion and it
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  • creates irrational behavior.
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  • Saul will ask for David later on to come and play his music
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  • before him because he's so distressed and so depressed.
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  • And he needs David 'cause David is skillful,
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  • and he needs his personal iPod there to kinda
  • 00:17:58.080 --> 00:18:00.050
  • give him a concert.
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  • So David plays for him and soothes Saul,
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  • and he feels better.
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  • But then he looks up at David, and that jealousy monster starts
  • 00:18:06.160 --> 00:18:08.280
  • creepin' up and he decides, "I gonna pin this spear in the
  • 00:18:08.290 --> 00:18:13.240
  • musician," grabs his spear, and whoom,
  • 00:18:13.250 --> 00:18:17.240
  • and throws it at David, irrational behavior.
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  • Did you know that fishermen who fish for crabs will tell you
  • 00:18:24.120 --> 00:18:28.020
  • that they never need a top to their crab basket?
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  • They'll go down and they'll get a whole basketful of crabs,
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  • and crabs can crawl out of things,
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  • but crab fishermen say, "I never need to put a lid on it."
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  • You know why?
  • 00:18:39.260 --> 00:18:41.050
  • They say, "Whenever one crab starts to crawl out of the
  • 00:18:41.060 --> 00:18:43.180
  • basket, another crab will grab it and bring it down."
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  • Isn't that amazing?
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  • So here's a crab saying, "I gotta get outta here,"
  • 00:18:50.040 --> 00:18:51.190
  • and the other guy goes, "No, you don't," choom.
  • 00:18:51.200 --> 00:18:54.150
  • Then he goes, "I gotta get outta here."
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  • The other guy goes, "No, you don't," choom.
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  • They always pull each other down.
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  • Some people are a lot like crabs, crabby people.
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  • Jealous of others, "Let me pull you down to my low level because
  • 00:19:07.150 --> 00:19:13.110
  • I always have to have the preeminence."
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  • That is foolish. He played the fool that way.
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  • So those are the areas he did it in.
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  • That's how he began. That's what went wrong.
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  • Let me end on this note. What should have changed?
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  • Is there anything that Saul could have done to stop from
  • 00:19:29.170 --> 00:19:33.290
  • ending up by saying, "I have played the fool and
  • 00:19:34.000 --> 00:19:37.240
  • erred exceedingly"?
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  • Yes, there is. Let me suggest a few things.
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  • Number 1, he should've lived before his God.
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  • Now, that's not just God talk. Listen to that.
  • 00:19:47.210 --> 00:19:50.050
  • He should've lived before his God.
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  • Saul mentions God. He acknowledges God.
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  • He even praises God, but there is never evidence in his life
  • 00:19:57.150 --> 00:20:03.020
  • that he allowed God to rule in his life.
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  • He never lived in the conscious awareness
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  • of the presence of God.
  • 00:20:07.150 --> 00:20:09.040
  • There's a phrase in the Bible used 27 times.
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  • It's called, "The fear of the Lord."
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  • I wish it was brought back into more churches and talked about
  • 00:20:13.170 --> 00:20:16.050
  • in more settings these days.
  • 00:20:16.060 --> 00:20:17.200
  • "The fear of the Lord" is a good phrase.
  • 00:20:17.210 --> 00:20:20.200
  • It doesn't mean I think God's gonna zap me.
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  • It's the idea that I'm living in the ongoing reality that God is
  • 00:20:24.160 --> 00:20:32.090
  • always listening, always looking,
  • 00:20:32.100 --> 00:20:34.140
  • always seeing what I am doing and hearing what I am doing and
  • 00:20:34.150 --> 00:20:37.210
  • thinking, and it's important to me,
  • 00:20:37.220 --> 00:20:41.100
  • and I fear that I might somehow displease God.
  • 00:20:41.110 --> 00:20:45.290
  • That's a healthy reverence or fear of the Lord.
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  • Saul didn't have that.
  • 00:20:51.080 --> 00:20:54.100
  • The biggest blasphemy is not a person who shakes his fist at
  • 00:20:54.110 --> 00:20:57.150
  • God and says, "I don't believe in God."
  • 00:20:57.160 --> 00:21:00.240
  • The biggest blasphemy is a person who says,
  • 00:21:00.250 --> 00:21:02.150
  • "I believe in God," but then lives as though
  • 00:21:02.160 --> 00:21:05.140
  • God didn't exist.
  • 00:21:05.150 --> 00:21:07.260
  • That's called being a practical atheist.
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  • It's worse than a philosophical atheist.
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  • Some people just say, "I don't believe in God," and
  • 00:21:12.290 --> 00:21:14.190
  • they live like that.
  • 00:21:14.200 --> 00:21:15.290
  • There are other people who say, "I believe in God.
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  • He's important to me."
  • 00:21:17.280 --> 00:21:19.070
  • But they live their lives through the week as
  • 00:21:19.080 --> 00:21:20.290
  • though God didn't exist.
  • 00:21:21.000 --> 00:21:24.040
  • Saul should have lived before his God.
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  • The second thing he should've done.
  • 00:21:27.230 --> 00:21:29.020
  • Saul should've learned from his past.
  • 00:21:29.030 --> 00:21:32.060
  • Twice in this book, he utters the sentence,
  • 00:21:32.070 --> 00:21:36.160
  • "I have sinned, but never does he do anything about it."
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  • Never is there a change in his behavior.
  • 00:21:46.220 --> 00:21:49.070
  • There's never a real self-assessment that would
  • 00:21:49.080 --> 00:21:52.150
  • enable him by God's grace to make it turn, a change.
  • 00:21:52.160 --> 00:21:56.140
  • You can't change your past, but you can learn from it.
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  • He should've done that.
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  • A third thing he should've done,
  • 00:22:03.120 --> 00:22:06.070
  • he should've leaned on his friends.
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  • I mentioned this, I think, last week with Samson.
  • 00:22:10.030 --> 00:22:12.260
  • It's a pattern we see with people who crash and burn.
  • 00:22:12.270 --> 00:22:17.040
  • They neglect good friends.
  • 00:22:17.050 --> 00:22:19.030
  • He should have leaned on his friends.
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  • Ever thought about who was available to be his friend?
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  • Samuel would have been a good start.
  • 00:22:25.030 --> 00:22:27.270
  • Samuel who was a prophet who got in his
  • 00:22:27.280 --> 00:22:29.190
  • grill and would be honest with him.
  • 00:22:29.200 --> 00:22:32.090
  • He was a man of God who pursued God and would have been a great
  • 00:22:32.100 --> 00:22:34.250
  • benefit for Samuel to be a friend of Saul.
  • 00:22:34.260 --> 00:22:38.090
  • Wouldn't have anything to do with it.
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  • He could've cultivated a friendship with David.
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  • I know David was a shepherd boy, musician,
  • 00:22:43.190 --> 00:22:45.190
  • maybe a little flighty, but man after God's own heart,
  • 00:22:45.200 --> 00:22:50.100
  • and a great one to have as a close friend.
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  • Jay Oswald Sanders said, "You can tell the stature of a leader
  • 00:22:54.180 --> 00:22:57.220
  • by the quality of his friends."
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  • So he should have done those things.
  • 00:23:01.270 --> 00:23:03.110
  • Let me give you a fourth and final thing he should have done.
  • 00:23:03.120 --> 00:23:06.080
  • Saul should've looked after his character.
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  • You know what Saul looked after?
  • 00:23:11.170 --> 00:23:13.040
  • Not his character, but his reputation.
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  • What was more important to Saul is how he looked to other people
  • 00:23:15.250 --> 00:23:19.010
  • on the outside rather than who he really was on the inside.
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  • Reputation was important.
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  • Character should have been important,
  • 00:23:26.000 --> 00:23:29.210
  • and so he said, "Indeed, I have played the fool."
  • 00:23:29.220 --> 00:23:33.070
  • Indeed, you have.
  • 00:23:33.080 --> 00:23:35.250
  • Didn't have to, but you did, and this is how you ended up.
  • 00:23:35.260 --> 00:23:42.010
  • "I have played the fool and erred exceedingly."
  • 00:23:42.020 --> 00:23:45.120
  • Once upon a time, there was a king who loved to laugh.
  • 00:23:45.130 --> 00:23:50.080
  • And while being entertained by his court one day,
  • 00:23:50.090 --> 00:23:53.000
  • a jester was coming through town and decided to join the
  • 00:23:53.010 --> 00:23:55.260
  • festivities, and he put on a show for the king.
  • 00:23:55.270 --> 00:23:59.130
  • It was the best show the king ever saw.
  • 00:23:59.140 --> 00:24:02.040
  • The king never laughed so hard in his life.
  • 00:24:02.050 --> 00:24:05.040
  • And afterwards, he said to the jester,
  • 00:24:05.050 --> 00:24:07.180
  • "I want you to be my personal court jester.
  • 00:24:07.190 --> 00:24:11.030
  • You made me laugh.
  • 00:24:11.040 --> 00:24:12.130
  • You are the funniest guy in the world."
  • 00:24:12.140 --> 00:24:13.230
  • And then the king, just laughin' like a giddy child,
  • 00:24:13.240 --> 00:24:15.270
  • picked up a little stick and gave it to the jester and said,
  • 00:24:15.280 --> 00:24:19.070
  • "I'm giving you this stick 'cause you're the
  • 00:24:19.080 --> 00:24:20.180
  • biggest fool I ever met.
  • 00:24:20.190 --> 00:24:22.240
  • Ha, ha, ha, ha," gave him the stick and he said,
  • 00:24:22.250 --> 00:24:25.010
  • "Now, if you ever meet a fool bigger than yourself,
  • 00:24:25.020 --> 00:24:27.200
  • give him this stick."
  • 00:24:27.210 --> 00:24:29.200
  • Well, years went by, and at the end of the king's life,
  • 00:24:29.210 --> 00:24:34.180
  • he was on his deathbed, and he called for the jester one last
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  • time, needed one final laugh.
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  • The jester came, put on a wonderful show for him.
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  • The king laughed and laughed.
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  • And the jester leaned in and said,
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  • "King, where are you going?"
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  • The king said, "On a far journey."
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  • "And how will you get there, King?"
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  • The king said, "I don't really know how I'll get there."
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  • "And what will you do when you get there?"
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  • He goes, "I don't know."
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  • And the jester pulled out of his pocket the little stick and
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  • handed it back to the king, and he said,
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  • "I'm giving you this stick 'cause you are the biggest
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  • fool I've ever met.
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  • For, King, you see, I have only trifled with the things of this
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  • life, but you have trifled with the things of eternity."
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  • You see, the biggest fool is someone who provides for this
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  • life, but makes no preparation for the next.
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  • And if you are somebody who has provided only for this life and
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  • have made no preparations for the next,
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  • then your line is, "Indeed, I have played the fool and
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  • erred exceedingly."
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  • But it doesn't have to be that way.
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  • It should be different, and it can be different,
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  • and it can start right here, right now,
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