A Evil Spirit from the Lord
1 Samuel 16:14-23
Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.
1 Samuel 16:14: “But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him.” Can believers sin with impunity (being exempt from punishment)? Isaiah 59:2: “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, and that He will not hear?” In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit came upon a person for a specific task and then left. In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit indwells a person at the moment of salvation and never leaves. We are safe in Jesus. In John 10:27-30, Jesus said: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one.” Scripture also reminds believers that they are free from the power of sin. Romans 6:18, 22: “Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” If believers are saved and secure in Christ, why can't they continue in sin?Romans 6:1-2: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”
Sin blocks a believer’s fellowship with God. What is sin? 1 John 3:4: “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” Sins occur in our words, thoughts, and actions. They may be sins of commission or omission (James 4:17). Jesus provided a way for us to deal with our sin. 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Can believers sin with impunity? Although believers are safe, secure, and heaven bound, sin does have consequences.
Sin separates us from God’s best. (Isaiah 59:2, Romans 6:11-14, 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22)
Loss of closeness - Psalm 66:18: “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.”
Loss of favor - Saul’s disobedience cost him peace and the throne. 1 Samuel 13:13-14: “And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.” Disobedient believers today can also lose God’s blessings.
Loss of rewards - Saul was reminded that God desired obedience over sacrifice and by rejecting God’s Word, the kingdom was given to another (1 Samuel 15:22-30). There are losses of good (blessings) when we do wrong. Jeremiah 18:10: “If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.” New Testament believers are reminded to take heed and build their lives on the foundation of Jesus Christ. Will we produce gold, silver, and precious stones, or wood, hay, and stubble? (1 Corinthians 3:10-15) Will we suffer loss or reward? How many things in our lives keeps you from God’s best?
Your children - 1 Samuel 15:28 reveals that Saul not only lost his right to keep the kingdom, but none of his sons would sit on the throne after him. Jonathan, Saul’s son, knew that David would become the next king. After Saul’s death, his son, Ishbosheth, ruled two years over the northern tribes. After much intrigue, David, who had become king of Judah, finally became king over all of Israel. There are many children that have been, or are affected, by the sins of their parents. Sin hurts!
Your parents - Just as parents can hurt their children, children can grieve their fathers and mothers and leave them broken hearted. Proverbs 17:21, 25: “He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy. A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him. Proverbs 29:15,17: “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.“
Yourself - Do you remember Saul? 2 Samuel 16:14: “But the Spirit of the Lord, departed from Saul, and an evil Spirit from the Lord troubled him.” Imagine how Saul must have felt. He experienced the loss of closeness, loss of favor, and loss of rewards. See Hebrews 12:2-13. It begins, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of God.” Jesus did this to save us from our sin. Because He loves us so much, He reminds us that He will chastise us when we go astray. He chastises us, not to destroy us, but to build us up, that we might “yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness” (verse 11). “Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed” (verse 12-13).
Believers have the promise of security, safety, and a home in heaven. John 10:28: “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” However, believers will suffer consequences and chastisement for unconfessed sin. We are accountable to live for Christ. Have you taken time to be with God today? Have you dealt with known sin? Sin for unbelievers separates them from God to eternal damnation. Sin for believers separates them from God with loss of closeness, favor, and rewards. Believers cannot sin without punishment. Sin hurts!