David Spares Saul’s Life

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

1 Samuel 24

(verse 10) Behold, this day your eyes have seen how the Lord gave you today into my hand in the cave. And some told me to kill you, but I spared you. I said, ‘I will not put out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed.’ (ESV)

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  1. The protection of God
    David seems almost unkillable
    Nothing will stop the Lord’s plan
  2. The providence of God
    Is easy to misread
    Is testing
    Is always good
  3. The man of God
    He is tempted
    He repents
    He persuades others against evil
  4. The will of God
    His revealed will
    His secret will

Perseverance of the saints

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

John 6: 22 – 59 & John 10: 22 – 30

(John 10: 27 – 30) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (ESV)

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The Father has given Christ a people which He died to save.

Meaning – once saved, forever saved.

Sometimes referred to as the preservation of the saints. Two terms can be used, both go together.

Despite our failings and sins we are still saved. It is impossible for any saved by Jesus to be lost. God’s honour/glory is at stake.

  1. The Father

a) He gives (6: 27, 10: 29) – the Christian is someone given by the Father to the Son.

b) He draws (6: 44) – to the Son.

c) He wills (6: 44) – for us to have eternal life/salvation.

d) He teaches (6: 45) – about coming to Christ, God fills us with faith.

e) He holds (10: 29) -we are safe in God’s hands, no one can snatch us.

2. The Son

a) His mission (6: 39) – to lose nothing of all given to Him, ie. us.

b) His welcome (6: 37) – we are a gift of the Father, He will never cast us out. We will be received, no one is rejected.

c) His feeding (6: 56, 57) – this could partially be a reference to the Lord’s Supper but it is more of a spiritual reference. Jesus abides in us. We are united to Him. How could God send someone to hell when Christ abides in Him.

d) His promises (10: 28) – eternal life. It is impossible for Jesus not to keep His word. It is like a double lock – bother the Father and Son are holding us.

e) His knowledge (10: 26) – He knows us. He is united to us. He loves us. Nothing changes His mind.

Jesus heals a woman

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Mark 5

(verse 7 ) “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.” (ESV)

(verse 34 ) And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” (ESV)

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A Christ honouring witness

A Christ honouring faith

  1. A needed Saviour – a massive storm, an uncontrollable man, a distraught father, a chronically ill woman
  2. A tireless Saviour – Jesus was constantly busy, surrounded by people in need, emotionally draining, fulfilling prophecy about the Messiah in the Old Testament
  3. A powerful Saviour – she did not touch Jesus but His garment, healed comprehensively and immediately, no longer impure, Jesus made this public to show she is clean now
  4. A compassionate Saviour – He knew someone was healed by His power and He wants to know that person, He calls her ‘daughter’, don’t you want to hear Jesus say ‘your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease’

Protection of the anointed

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

1 Samuel 23

(verse 14) And David remained in the strongholds in the wilderness, in the hill country of the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God did not give him into his hand. (ESV)

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Introduction: three Constants

  1. Constant persecution
  2. Constant uncertainty
  3. Constant contrast

How was the anointed protected?

  1. Prayer – repeated & specific
  2. Providence – warnings & works
  3. People – Abiathar (God’s priest & mediator), Jonathan (a friend who encouraged in the Lord)