Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #102
TEXT: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
The Italian historian and philospher Niccolò Machiavelli said, “Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration.”
We live in a society where much emphasis is placed on a person’s outward appearance. We make judgments of people based on how they look on the outside, instead of taking the time to learn more about their character and personality — how they really are on the inside. How many people have gotten into relationships with somebody who looked like they had it all together on the outside, but after a few weeks or months with that person, they found out that that person was not all they appeared to be. Appearances can be deceiving.
Today, I want us to look at a man who looked like he had it altogether. He looked like he was a born leader. He was somebody the people of his nation were willing to follow. However, he failed them because, even though he looked good on the outside, there was something wrong in his heart. He did not have the kind of respect for and relationship with God that he needed to have.
First, we’ll take a look at Saul — the failed king. Then, we’ll look at the type of king God wanted for his people. And, finally, we will look at the selection of David as the king of Israel.
+ Plus, listen to Shirley Caesar singing “Yes, Lord, Yes” and the West Angeles COGIC Choir singing “Lord, Prepare Me To Be A Sanctuary”