Games Fools Play
1 Samuel 26:21
Take God's word tonight and turn in the Old Testament to First Samuel chapter 26 and we're going to look at verse 21 in just a moment. This morning we spoke of obedience, we said that obedience was the way to victory, it was the way to joy, it was the way to power.
Now, I said I wanted to give you an illustration to the reverse side tonight and speak to you about the problem and the sin of disobedience. The title of our message tonight is GAMES THAT FOOLS PLAY. First Samuel chapter 26, and verse 21. Then said Saul, I have sinned, return my son David, for I will no more do thee harm because my soul was precious in thine eyes this day. Behold, I have played the fool and have erred exceedingly.
Here's a man at the end of his days who confessed I've been an exceeding sinner and I have been a fool. No man ever had a better start than the man named Saul and nobody ever had a sadder finish than the man named Saul. When you first meet Saul in the bible as you know who was Israel's first king, when you first meet him, he's handsome, he's winsome, he's courteous, he's thoughtful, he is humble, he is young, vital and virile and vivacious. You look at him, he seems to have it all and yet when you look at this same man when he becomes a old man you see him as a bitter old man, as a bitter old man, as a murderous old man, as an envious old man, as a wicked old man, as a desperate old man and you say how could it be?
How could someone who started out so well in so poorly? The life of Saul is a life of great contradictions. The great Sydlow Baxter put it this way. In some ways he is very big and in other ways very little. In some ways he is commandingly handsome and in some ways decidedly ugly. All in one he is a giant and a dwarf, a hero and a renegade, a king and a slave, a prophet and a reprobate, a man God anointed and a man Satan possessed.
When I look at the life of Saul and I want to tell you from my heart ...
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