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People love the God of their own emotions, who will vote the way they vote or feel the way they feel; the God of their own making. However, the Lord says, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7) This week we look at the KING God provided for HIMSELF…our King.


Key Verse: 1 Samuel 16:1

“I have provided for myself a king.”


Theme: Transitioning from the Kingdom of Saul to the Kingdom of God


Scriptures studied:

1 Samuel 16:1-23, 17:28-29; 1 Corinthians 3:1; Psalm 14:1-5; Isaiah 53Matthew 11:2-3; Ephesians 2:8-10; Matthew 5:8, 15:19; Luke 6:43-45; Matthew 12:33; Ezekiel 36:26; John 7:38, Isaiah 61:3; James 1:17 ; Lamentations 3:23


Further Study:

  • Primogeniture = (1) the state of being the firstborn child (2) the right of succession belonging to the firstborn child
  • The phrase “beauty for ashes”= a crown for ashes, i.e. a crown of glory in lieu of the ashes of repentance which it was customary to sprinkle upon the head
  • The phrase “oil of joy for mourning” =  or the anointing of the Spirit in lieu of that plenteousness of tears which naturally belonged to mourners; also found in Psalm 45:7
  • Other biblical stories to study:  Abel, Isaac, Jacob, Ephraim
  • Psalms written and sung by David:  Psalm 23; Psalm 42; Psalm 63 


Points to note:

The Kingdom of Saul has consequences:

  • Demanding
  • Disobedient to God
  • Seeks his own glory
  • Spirit of fear and insecurity



  1. Parent
  2. Brothers
  3. Physically
  4. Preceding Prophet


The Kingdom of David:

  • Serving
  • Trusting
  • Heart for God
  • Spirit of Worship


Symbolism in these passages:

  • The term “harmful spirit” which is mentioned throughout 1 Samuel 16 is an indication that before the Lord departed from King Saul, King Saul departed from the Lord.


Recognize the Following:

  • People love the God of their own emotions who will vote the way they vote–the God of their own making.
  • You are not saved by your own strength and determination. You are saved by God’s grace and power.
  • God is after our hearts; He comes to change us from the inside out.
  • God can use anything, even evil, to prepare the way for His promised deliverance; His promised King.
  • If you want to change the atmosphere of your life:  worship God.


Questions to consider:

  1. Who is the rejected son a picture of?
  2. Can you contribute to your own salvation? (save yourself?)
  3. Have you ever been guilty of “Image Management”?
  4. Have you ever seen God use a situation that seemed to be bad for His glory?
  5. Are you ready to change your “atmosphere” through worshiping God?


Further Consideration:

The Deep End, Season 4
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