Don't put out the Spirit's fire - 8 June 03 PM
Don’t put out the Spirit’s fire II
1 Thess. 5:19
THEY PUT OUT THE SPIRIT’S FIRE
A SERMON IN THREE PARTS
SAUL 1 Samuel 15 vv 7 – 29
DAVID (Psalm 51)
AHAB 1 Kings 22 vv 6 – 30
This morning we considered the teaching of Paul in I Thess. 5:19 about the very real possibility of “Putting out the Spirit’s fire…”.
This evening I want to develop that theme in a slightly different way by reminding you of three Old Testament characters who did just that.
That they were all rulers of Israel is not significant – but they all lived within a fairly short period of time of each other – indeed Saul and David were contemporaries.
I want to look at these three very different men to see in what ways they fell into the temptation to extinguish God’s Spirit in their lives – how it happened, and what we must learn from it.
If you think about the three together for a moment you will realise that they represent a broad spectrum of spiritual life:
Saul – whom God anointed and then rejected a religious man
David – the man after God’s own heart a spiritual man
Ahab – an example of an unbelieving King a godless man
Each one of them heard the word of God very clearly – they experienced that through different prophets; in the case of Saul – by Samuel, in the case of David by Nathan, and in the case of Ahab by a lesser known prophet called Micaiah.
I am going to split the sermon into three parts.