The Disobedient Leader

Saul was the first king of Israel – tall, handsome man who towered over his tribesmen. Strong. Good looker. Leader of men. But he had flaws.

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  • Insecure Leader

He was insecure, his insecurities rose with his power. The higher he rose, the more insecure he became. Initially he was shy and afraid, and he ran away. Yet he was driven by paranoia and insecurity, esp towards David. He used his position, resources and army to try and kill David. So paranoid that even when David swore loyalty, he would not believe.

  • Headstrong Leader

So headstrong that he had to get his way every time. He brought a sacrifice to the Lord even though it was not in his place. He was far too impatient and did it his way until even Samuel chastised him. Saul killed off God’s priests believing they were hiding David and threw a spear at his own son.

  • Disobedient Leader

The straw that broke the camel’s back. He disobeyed God, pretending to obey.

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Read 1 Samuel 15:1-35

Sometimes when people in sin try to hide it with a facade of spiritual-ness, righteousness, overzealous, over-spiritual, till it does not ring true. An attempt to cover up what is wrong before God (When David was approached by Samuel, it began with a short story (2 Sam. 12:4-). When he was confronted, he first burned with anger. But his anger arose out of his own sin, being super-righteous, the defender of justice, when he himself had sinned – he was being over-righteous. He greets Samuel with lofty words of righteousness knowing full well that he was covering up his own sin)

Saul covers his disobedience with spiritual words. He continues saying it wasn’t even him, it was his soldiers (If it were up to me, i would have killed everything, but they wanted to worship the Lord). He tries to shift blame to the soldiers. Saul overlooked a simple principle of leadership – a good leader takes responsibility for his juniors under him. God did not judge the soldiers, but Saul. Another excuse, I was afraid of the people, and did not obey God. But it was too late. he finally confesses.

Delayed obedience is equal to disobedience!

When God clearly shows you, to delay by saying I’m praying over it, or seeking counsel, or reading the scriptures to confirm, or need to speak to a mentor, when God has already clearly shown you what to do, is disobedience. Does the Lord in extended prayers and confirming of His will as much as in obeying His voice. To obey is better than ‘spirit-ness’, better than worship that keeps you from the act of obedience. God does not call delayed obedience, ‘delayed obedience’. He calls it rebellion. Arrogance. Because Saul delayed, God rejected him and it was the end of his greatness.

Saul begs Samuel to make him look good, even though he had been disobedient. That is an indictment against many Christians and Christian leaders. Many times the reason we want to see success in our ministries not because we are moved by compassion, it is because we want to look good in the eyes of those around us. Our public image often matters more than the Kingdom. When looking good is more important than obedience, then we cannot really obey. God’s call is a radical call, and obedience comes in non-conventional ways.

1 Cor. 4:8-13

“Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! You have become kings – and that without us! How I wish that you really had become kings so that we might be kings with you! 9 For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men. 10 We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! 11 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. 12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world.”

Paul’s point – because of our obedience, we have become fool’s for Christ, no one admires us. We are nothing for the sake of the Lord. If image matters more important, you are walking in the shoes of Saul, and will follow his fate. What if God calls you away from everything that makes you look good (prestige, fame), can you do it for the sake of the Gospel?

As a great leader, you only have one place of security before the Lord.

2 Cor. 4:3-6

“Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant.”

Our confidence must come from God.

2 Cor. 4:1-2

“Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God”

It is through God’s mercy only.

When my foundation is God Himself, and my obedience matters more than how I look, whether a fool or a great person, then I can live by my convictions with no fear. For Saul, how he looked mattered more. If you do not obey God, God will raise up someone else. Even as he puts you aside, others will accomplish His purposes. God raised up David. It is not for lack of servants that God has raised you up, He could raise up an army, but it is a privilege and honor, and if you do not obey him, he will raise up another.

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Challenge

Remain a people who are humble before God no matter how high he raises us. Be humble today, and never allow image to come before the place of God and always consider obedience quickly.

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5 Responses to “The Disobedient Leader”

  1. Sermon was off the Chain Pastor O, and Being Zimbabwean , it resonated perfectly with our current leader who started of so well from 1980 to about 2000 but then went downhill from there!

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  2. second-chosen Says:

    Acts 1:15 -20

    There is a principle that I want to introduce you to today. It is called the “principle of second-chosen.” I coined this terminology because of what God has been showing me over the past years. There are so many things that I learn daily about God’s character and His ways of doing things. God is very fascinating to me because He never deviates from His principles and laws. “God is not a man that He should lie,…” One of these principles has to do with this idea of “second-chosen.” I have notice that many times God wants to do something and He initially chooses one person to do it. But many times that person makes a choice and forfeits God’s plan for their lives. What happens to God’s purpose? Does it go undone? No! God then chooses a second person to do what the first person failed to do. I have seen this happen over and over in ministry, marriages, the work place, business, etc. Here is the principle: if the first one chosen doesn’t do what they are suppose to do, then God will choose a second who will. Let’s give you a list of second-chosen people: Cain was the first born yet rejected because he was evil, but Abel was the second-chosen. Essau recieved the blessing because he was first born but lost his birthright, to Jacob the second-chosen. Saul was the first Anointed King of Israel, but because of His disobedience, God rejected him and David was His second-chosen. Esther was the second-chosen wife. Joshua was second chosen to take Israel into the promiseland after Moses had disobeyed. Finally, put your seat-belts on, Jesus was the second chosen after Adam sinned. If Adam had not sinned there would have been no need for Jesus. Someone told me the other-day that Jesus was the only man that walked the earth without sin in his nature. This is not true. Adam, at one time walked the earth without sin in His nature and so did Eve. This is why Jesus is called the last Adam.

    1Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

    Judas was chosen first, but after He betrays Christ and hangs himself, Mathias is the second-chosen in His stead. Folks I hope this principle is not too deep for you to comprehend – but I know that it is true.

    Action point:
    • ask God to show His specific will for your life

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  3. Amazing. I pray that we will be swift to obey and carry out God’s instructions with the understanding that it is really a priviledge to be co-heirs with Christ in the work of the Lord.

    Thanks for sharing and thank you pst.Oscar for the word.

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  4. Jedidiah (Beloved-of-the-Lord) Says:

    This is the poem Pastor Oscar quoted from:

    When God Wants to Drill a Man

    When God wants to drill a man,
    And thrill a man,
    And skill a man
    When God wants to mold a man
    To play the noblest part;

    When He yearns with all His heart
    To create so great and bold a man
    That all the world shall be amazed,
    Watch His methods, watch His ways!

    How He ruthlessly perfects
    Whom He royally elects!
    How He hammers him and hurts him,
    And with mighty blows converts him

    Into trial shapes of clay which
    Only God understands;
    While his tortured heart is crying
    And he lifts beseeching hands!

    How He bends but never breaks
    When his good He undertakes;
    How He uses whom He chooses,
    And which every purpose fuses him;
    By every act induces him
    To try His splendor out-
    God knows what He’s about

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