1 Samuel 16:1-5
Talks for Growing Christians
The Lord Tells Samuel to Anoint David as Israel's Next King
1 Samuel 16:1-5
Lesson Number 18
- The Bible never condones lying and deceiving.
- The Bible sometimes condones secrecy and concealment.
- Remember, getting killed is not the worst thing that can happen!
- What test did King Saul fail in 1 Samuel 15?
- What was the consequence of Saul’s disobedience?
- Why was Samuel afraid to go to Bethlehem?
- What did God instruct Samuel to tell King Saul?
- What are situational ethics?
- Saul was given one last chance to obey the Lord, but he failed to utterly destroy the Amalekites as God instructed.
- The kingdom of Israel would be taken from him and given to a better man.
- Because if proud and disobedient King Saul heard that Samuel had anointed his successor as king, he would have Samuel killed.
- That he was going to Bethlehem to offer sacrifice (which he did!).
- Situational ethics teach that it is okay to lie in time of war or if you think it is the more loving thing to do.
- Discuss the Bible’s position on lying and deceiving. Consider Samuel here, the Hebrew midwives, and Rahab. The Bible teaches non-conflicting moral absolutes; to make the right choice you do not have to break one of God’s moral laws or choose the lesser of two evils. Consider the example of Jesus.
- Discuss how creative concealment can by used in order to obey the command of the Lord. For more information, refer to Dr. Dave’s essay, An Exercise in Ethics.
- Bringing God glory by doing the right thing is the highest priority. Remember, getting killed is not the worst thing that can happen!
- “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.” 1 Samuel 16:1