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How Not to Confess Your SIns

Rev. Michael Calvert, Ph.D., April 8, 2018
Part of the Great Events in the History of Redemption series.

This coming Lord’s Day we are returning to the story that we have been tracking for a good while now—the account of the rise and fall of King Saul, Israel’s first king. And we are well on our way to an investigation of another of Israel’s kings, King David. But before we get to David’s amazing story, we need to wrap up things with Saul. And there is something most important for us to get a hold on before we go any further.

One of the great, and perhaps surprising, things that we have been discovering along the way is that the Old Testament has much to teach us about being faithful disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ. And that is one of the reasons that we have been taking our time tracing some of the great events in the history of salvation as God’s wonderful plan of redemption beautifully unfolds on the pages of the ‘Older Testament.’ And seeing that the Old Covenant Scriptures eventually point us to our Savior, we should expect that we will also encounter some inspired examples that demonstrate to us what a faithful life of service to our Lord entails and demands. Just as we find the beauty and blessings of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ foreshadowed in the Old Testament, we also discover a foreshadowing of the life of a faithful disciple as well.

This week we will be looking very carefully at 1 Samuel 15:24-35, and our subject will be confession—confession of sin. What we will discover from the life of Saul is an important lesson for all Christian disciples—how not to confess our sins. It will help if you go back and read the entire fifteenth chapter once again, and when you do you will readily observe how Saul provides us with a negative example, but an example nonetheless. I look forward to exploring this passage with you as we come before our Lord and Savior in worship and in adoration this Sunday!


1 Samuel 15:24-35

24And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice. 25Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD. 26And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel. 27And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent. 28And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou. 29And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent. 30Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD thy God. 31So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the LORD. 32Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of the Amalekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past. 33And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal. 34Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul. 35And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel. (KJV)