January 8, 2021
Pittman Center Circuit
Smoky Mountain District
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Samuel Anoints David
16 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”
2 But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.”
The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.”
4 Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?”
5 Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.”
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
8 Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” 9 Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”
“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”
Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”
12 So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.
Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.”
13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.
There are so many sermon titles that a preacher can pull from this text. Themes like “Coming in Peace,” (v. 4b) “Following God with Faith,” (v.1-4a) or the obvious one: “Man Looks at the Outside, but God Looks on the Heart.” (v. 7)
With so many thoughts vying for attention, one might have the tendency to overlook that which may be considered least important, less than, or lost from our minds altogether. I can see this taking place in this text. Samuel was given a mission by God to anoint a new king from the sons of Jesse. He took a heifer to make a sacrifice to the Lord, and invited Jesse and his sons to attend. Every one of Jesse’s sons was in attendance, except the youngest, who was still in the field tending to the sheep.
The family may have thought that he was too young, too small, or too unimportant to call him in from the field. I love the statement Samuel made to Jesse in verse 11: “Are these all the sons you have?”
Jesse replies, “There is still the youngest. He is tending the sheep.”
Samuel says, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”
God has sent us to the field to call for the least, the less, and the lost. The feast isn’t complete until they arrive and join us. In the words we often use in the south: “Friends, let’s go get ‘em!”
“Father God, we are so blessed that You see the least, the less, and the lost. Help us look through Your eyes and see there’s room for all in Your kingdom. Amen.”