Summary of the Sermon by Pastor Erwin Widjaja, GBI Windsor Square/House of Glory, Batam, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 31 March 2019.
The Kingdom Of God
(Anointed To Be King)
A kingdom is always associated with a king who reigns over his dominion. The Bible says that there was only one king after God’s own heart. In Acts 13:22, “After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’” In 1 Sam 8:1-9, Israel asked for a king. There was another king prior to the reign of King David, known as King Saul. King Saul failed to be a man after God’s own heart during his reign as king.
We are the people of God and our life belongs to God. God’s purpose for us is to bring forth His glory through our lives. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Pet 2:9)
A priest’s duty is to be a mediator between God and the people. We are also priests in this world to do the will of God in this generation. We have the spiritual responsibility to be kings in this Earth to establish the Kingdom of God through us.
The Israelites wanted to be like other nations and have a king of their choice. Every king in the Old Testament must be anointed. When Samuel anointed Saul as king, he took the flask of oil. However, when God told Samuel to anoint David, Samuel used a horn with oil (1 Sam 16:1). There is a difference between the kings who were anointed with the oil from a flask and with oil from a horn.
A flask is made by man using clay. It is a vessel to keep anointing oil. But the horn is created by God Himself. Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, “Has not the Lord anointed you ruler over his inheritance? (1 Sam 10:1) God purposely asked Samuel to anoint David with a horn of oil.
Another instance of anointing with the flask of oil is in 2 Kings 9:1-3 – Jehu Anointed King of Israel. The prophet Elisha summoned a man from the company of the prophets and said to him, “Tuck your cloak into your belt, take this flask of olive oil with you and go to Ramoth Gilead. 2 When you get there, look for Jehu son of Jehoshaphat, the son of Nimshi. Go to him, get him away from his companions and take him into an inner room. 3 Then take the flask and pour the oil on his head and declare, ‘This is what the Lord says: I anoint you king over Israel.’ Then open the door and run; don’t delay!”
Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the sacred tent and anointed Solomon. Then they sounded the trumpet and all the people shouted, “Long live King Solomon!” (1 Kings 1:39)
How do we know the perfect will of God in our personal life?
1. DO NOT BE CONFORMED TO THE WORLD
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
2. DO NOT FORCE OUR OWN WILL BUT MAKE GOD’S WILL HAPPEN
God will let us have our own way if we do not seek His will. Our desires can override God’s will if we refuse to follow God’s leading. One of the enemies of Israel hired Balaam to curse the Israelites, yet Balaam blessed them instead! When we force our own will, we will be on our own.
3. DO NOT JUDGE BY THE EXTERNAL APPEARANCE ONLY
Saul was good looking and, in the eyes of men, seemed suitable to be a king (1 Sam 9:1). Lot, Abraham’s nephew, saw Sodom and Gomorrah and he chose to go there. We should base our decisions on God rather than from man’s point of view.
4. EVERY DECISION HAS ITS CONSEQUENCES
In 1 Sam 8:18, we see that the people wanted their own king and not wait for the appropriate time when God would bring His chosen king. Many times we are desperate and we want to take a short cut without consulting God when we make decisions.
5. DON’T FOLLOW EXAMPLES OF KING SAUL (TRAGIC LIFE)
If we make decisions according to the
desires of our flesh, the consequences can be very painful. Our future generations can be affected by our
decisions. Saul made the wrong decisions
that caused the life of his family.
God put King Saul for a purpose and actually gave Saul a second chance (1 Sam 13:13) .
Why did God rejected King Saul? Saul only focused on himself (1 Sam 13:11-12). In these two verses, Saul only thought of himself and never thought about God’s purpose.
Saul was reckless with his decision and with his words (1 Sam 14:24-27).
Saul did not have integrity in his action (1 Sam 15:1-3).
Saul was unfaithful to the LORD (1 Sam 15:30). It seemed so spiritual for King Saul to worship the LORD but he worshipped God to save his face.
If we don’t live carefully before the LORD we can enthrone our self, our ego and our ambition, instead of putting Jesus as the King of our life. This is why the Bible says Matthew 6:33 to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness first and the rest shall be added unto you.
“Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed. (Acts 13:36)
David served God’s purposes and will, and died (fell asleep) when his life’s work was accomplished. Each one of us must seek God’s personal will for our life, to be guided into His perfect will. Submit to the will of God because His will is better than our plans and our ways. If we confess Jesus as our Lord and Master we are to obey the will of our Heavenly Father and realign ourselves to His purpose.