Saul’s Folly

Text: I Samuel 14:24-52
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
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Date: July 27, 2008

The theme of I Samuel is “Looking for a Leader”. Who will be fit to lead the people of God? Saul is the people’s choice – Mr. Tall Handsome Warrior. Sadly he quickly fell into disobedience (I Samuel 13). His lack of fitness for leadership is further shown in this week’s text as he causes great harm to Israel (and nearly kills his heroic faithful son, Jonathan) because of his foolish pride.

Sadly, many leaders today, of nations, homes, businesses, and churches, resemble Saul as they abuse the authority which God has entrusted to them. Those who are supposed to serve those under their authority are often self centered, domineering, harsh, manipulative, arbitrary and hypocritical. Thank God that we have a King (Jesus) who came not to be served, but to serve His people. Pray for those in leadership that we will be like Him.

Posted on July 27th, 2008 | Permalink