David & Saul: Caught
"Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid ... Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline, but he who regards reproof will be honored." (Prov. 12:1,13:18)

SAUL'S DEFINING MOMENT
"And Samuel said, '... Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice ... Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has also rejected you from being king.'" (1 Sam. 15:22-23)

  1. It's easier to EXPLAIN, than to admit fault.
    "Then Saul said to Samuel, 'I have sinned; I have indeed transgressed the command of the Lord ... because I feared the people and listened to their voice.'" (1 Sam. 15:24)

    • When you HONOR yourself you dishonor GOD.
      "Then he said, 'I have sinned; but please honor me now before the elders of my people and before Israel, and go back with me, that I may worship the Lord your God.'" (1 Sam. 15:30)

      "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall." (Prov. 16:18)

    DAVID'S DEFINING MOMENT


    "Why have you despised the word of the Lord by doing evil in His sight? You have struck down Uriah ... taken his wife to be your wife ..." (2 Sam. 12:9)

  2. What you fail to correct in private, will be revealed in PUBLIC.
    "This is what the Lord says: 'Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity upon you... You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.'" (2 Sam. 12:11-12 NIV)

  3. Genuine repentance is unconditional CONFESSION, regardless of the CONSEQUECES.
    "Then David said to Nathan, 'I have sinned against the Lord.' And Nathan said to David, 'The Lord also has taken away your sin; you shall not die. However ... the child also that is born to you shall surely die.'" (2 Sam. 12:13-14)

    • Repentance sees failure not as the end, but as a new BEGINNING.
      "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me ... Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit." (Ps. 51:10-12)