Current Series: 1 Samuel
We’re returning to the book of 1 Samuel this week at church. We’ve seen the godliness of Samuel, the failed human leadership of Saul…now we see God choose a king himself. And so in chapters 16-30 we look at treason. Treason against the King. That is the theme of 1 Samuel 16-31. The section covers the rise of David and the threat he poses to King Saul, who clings to power despite his rejection by God. "Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with David but had left Saul." (1 Samuel 18:12) Saul represents failed human leadership. Leadership turned in on itself, willing to do anything to maintain control, and ultimately self-destructive. It is leadership which usurps God's rule over the people who are rightly his. All this points us to the true King, who did nothing by himself on his own authority, but only what he saw his Father doing (John 5:19-20). Christ is entrusted with the authority to judge the world without a hint of treason against the true King, the Most High God. This is the kind of leadership we should long for.