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Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Perfect King

Israel wanted a King.  Israel asked for a King.  God is giving Israel a King.
There was a wealthy, influential man named Kish from the tribe of Benjamin. He was the son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, of the tribe of Benjamin. His son Saul was the most handsome man in Israel--head and shoulders taller than anyone else in the land. (1 Samuel 9:1-2 NLT)
How, then, will the LORD choose a king to lead God’s chosen people?  What will he look like?  What will be his pedigree?  How about his education?  What qualities will God look at when selecting the perfect king for His special possession, Israel?
One day Kish's donkeys strayed away, and he told Saul, "Take a servant with you, and go look for the donkeys." So Saul took one of the servants and traveled through the hill country of Ephraim, the land of Shalishah, the Shaalim area, and the entire land of Benjamin, but they couldn't find the donkeys anywhere. Finally, they entered the region of Zuph, and Saul said to his servant, "Let's go home. By now my father will be more worried about us than about the donkeys!" (1 Samuel 9:3-5 NLT)
This week, we will explore the qualities that seem to be important to God in selecting the perfect king.  This will give us insight into the LORD’s perspective on leadership in general.  Leaders are men and women of God who match God’s description of a leader.
But the servant said, "I've just thought of something! There is a man of God who lives here in this town. He is held in high honor by all the people because everything he says comes true. Let's go find him. Perhaps he can tell us which way to go." "But we don't have anything to offer him," Saul replied. "Even our food is gone, and we don't have a thing to give him." "Well," the servant said, "I have one small silver piece. We can at least offer it to the man of God and see what happens!" (In those days if people wanted a message from God, they would say, "Let's go and ask the seer," for prophets used to be called seers.) "All right," Saul agreed, "let's try it!" So they started into the town where the man of God lived. (1 Samuel 9:6-10 NLT)
So, while Saul and his servant look for a man of God, we will be looking for leaders of God as well.
How about you?  Would you recognize a man or woman who matches God’s description of a leader?  Do you know what qualities make a “perfect” king?