The Word: Episode 0376 Titus 2:1-2

“The Lord Is With Him…”

February 18, 2018

“The Lord Is With Him…”

Blessings folk!

Saul’s servants had recommend that he procure a “skillful” player upon the harp to deal with the evil spirit that would come upon Saul.

The KJV says a “cunning player”.

The word translated “cunning” appears over 800 times in the OT.
It means “to know”, “to perceive” , “to discern”, to “experience”.
The Hebrew word is “yada”.
Yeah…that one made famous by Seinfeld…”yada, yada, yada”.
Literally means “you know, you know…you know what I mean”.

This player would be high skilled.
He would be intuitive.
He would know what to do upon the instrument when the evil spirit came.

Saul’s response?

1 Samuel 16:17 
So Saul said to his servants,
"Provide for me now a man who can play well and bring him to me."

Saul said bring such a man.

He left it to the discernment of the servants.

Who did they bring?

1 Samuel 16:18
Then one of the young men said,
"Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who is a skillful musician,
a mighty man of valor, a warrior, one prudent in speech, and a handsome man;
and the LORD is with him."

The servant had seen one of the sons of Jesse.
He had paid attention.

This son was…

  • A skillful musician
  • A mighty man of valor
  • A warrior
  • One prudent in speech
  • A handsome man

And most of all…

The Lord is with him.
Quite a “resume/recommendation” from the servant.

Know this.
People watch.
They see.

What are they seeing?

Oh yeah…one more thought.

The servant of Saul…the Saul that had the Lord leave him…is now telling Saul that the Lord is with this son of Jesse.


The Word: Episode 0375 Titus 1:15-16

“Bring In A Man Skillful Upon the Harp!”

February 17, 2018

“Bring In A Man Skillful Upon the Harp!”

Blessings folk!

An evil spirit…from the Lord!…came upon Saul.

Reject the Lord?
Do not be surprised when an evil spirit comes.

The Lord sent this spirit.
He allowed this spirit.
This bring some interesting questions.

The Lord is all-powerful.
He controls all.
The questions are often ask…”why?”, “how”, etc.

We must rest and trust in the Lord.
He knows all.
He is All-Goodness.

Note what occurs.
Note the solution offered.
Note who offers it.

1Sa 16:14-16

Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrorized him.

Saul’s servants then said to him, “Behold now, an evil spirit from God is terrorizing you.

“Let our lord now command your servants who are before you.
Let them seek a man who is a skillful player on the harp;
and it shall come about when the evil spirit from God is on you,
that he shall play the harp with his hand, and you will be well.”

Saul’s servants offered the diagnosis and the solution.
The servants that see clearly.

An evil spirit from God was terrorizing him.

The solution?

Bring in a man skillful in playing the harp.
When the spirit comes he would play.
All would be well with Saul.

Why is this?

Worship the Lord…
Praise of the Most High…
Such has tremendous power within the realm of God.

The enemy will flee when true worship is offered.

So many do not worship, even professing believers.

I see it constantly.

They wander about during corporate singing, prayer and proclamation.
They talk among themselves…often interrupting others seeking to worship.
They check their watches.
They check the worship guide.
They avoid the Spirit of the Lord.
They are open to other spirits…


The Word: Episode 0374 Titus 1:12-14

“Reject the Word? Terror!”

February 16, 2018

“Reject the Word? Terror!”

Blessings folk!

Samuel anointed David as King.
Samuel then arose and went to Ramah.

David was anointed King, yet he did not begin to reign as king immediately.
Jewish historian Josephus tell us that David was ten years of age when he was anointed!
Contemporary scholars believe him to be around the age of fifteen.

I am inclined toward the younger age.

So, it was 15-20 years before David began to reign as king.

Keep this in mind as we continue through the account of Samuel, Saul and David.

1Sa 16:14
Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrorized him.

The Lord had told Saul that he would be removed as king and his kingdom would not continued.

1Sa 15:23
“For rebellion is as the sin of divination,
And insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the LORD,
He has also rejected you from being king.”

1Sa 15:26
But Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you; for you have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel.”

The Lord rejected him as king, though he would continue to reign for a time.

Now the Lord has removed Himself, the Spirit of the Lord, from Saul.

David was anointed as king and the Spirit was with him from that day forward.
Saul was rejected and the Spirit departed from Him.

Immediately an evil spirit came upon Saul.
The spirit terrorized him.
The evil spirit was from the Lord.

Reject the Word/Spirit of the Lord?
Expect an evil spirit.

The Word: Episode 0373 Titus 1:10-11

“From That Day Forward…”

February 15, 2018

“From That Day Forward…”

Blessings folk!

Seven sons.
Seven rejections.
All the sons present were not God’s choice.

What next?

1Sa 16:10-13

Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel.
But Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen these.”

And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are these all the children?”
And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and behold, he is tending the sheep.”
Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.”

So he sent and brought him in.
Now he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance.
And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is he.”

Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers;
and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward.
And Samuel arose and went to Ramah.

Jesse had one more son.
But, apparently he was considered “too young” or “dispensable”…someone had to watch the sheep.

God gave a detailed description of the son…

  • Ruddy (red)
  • Beautiful eyes
  • Handsome in appearance

David had, in the natural, what the world looks for…beautiful appearance.

The Lord then spoke to Samuel.
This is he!

Samuel did.
He took the horn of oil.
He anointed David “in the midst of his brothers”.

This is/will be important.
His brothers knew that he was the anointed king.

Then, the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David FROM THAT DAY FORWARD.

Often it is said that in the Old Testament the Spirit would come upon people then leave.
This is true…but…

I have heard it taught that the Spirit did not remain with anyone in the Old Testament.
This is wrong.
The Spirit remained upon David from that day forward.

In the times that David sought the Lord.
In the times that David walked outside of the Lord…adultery, murder, etc.
The Spirit was upon David.

Today, true Believers have the Spirit within us…constantly, without ceasing.

Yes, we can refuse to abide in the Lord.
Yes, we can quench the Spirit.

Let us not do so.

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