November 14, 2004 am   Orders from Headquarters     I Samuel 15

Veteran’s day service

By Ronald E. George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church


Roman Soldier’s Oath

Early Christians called baptism a “sacramentum,” which is the Latin word for the Roman soldier’s oath of absolute devotion and obedience to his general.[1]


Remember Pat Tillman, who is a true hero.  After 9-11-01, he willingly gave up a NFL contract to enlist in the armed forces.  Pat died in Afghanistan.  He made the ultimate sacrifice.  There are some things worth living and dying for. 


Scripture Text:  1Sam 15:16 "Stop!" Samuel said to Saul. "Let me tell you what the LORD said to me last night." "Tell me," Saul replied. 17 Samuel said, "Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The LORD anointed you king over Israel. 18 And he sent you on a mission, saying, `Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; make war on them until you have wiped them out.' 19 Why did you not obey the LORD? Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the LORD?" 20 "But I did obey the LORD," Saul said. "I went on the mission the LORD assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king. 21 The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the LORD your God at Gilgal." 22 But Samuel replied: "Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king."


Everyone has a place in God’s army.  Saul was small until he was called to be king.  God has selective service and asks for volunteers.  He calls us to serve. 


Everyone has an assignment in the Lord’s army.(this is your calling and gift). 


Everyone has a responsibility to fulfill his or her calling and carry out the orders.  Have you signed up with the Lord.  Sign up today in his church.  Today the battle is on. 


Everyone will give an account of how we have done.  It is time for self-examination.  Saul gave an account.  What is the criteria for this accounting?


Everyone has a mission to fulfill.   Why is there no substitute for obedience? 


            The commander knows the overall mission.  He knows what is best for all. 


            The commander gives the command.  We receive and execute. 


            The commander wants the best for all.  He wants the best for you.


            The commander is the chief and the leader.  There can only be one.


            The commander has made it possible for you to live and set others free.


            The commander has a desire for you and for all the others you serve.


The commander has an authority and a responsibility for all those in his command.


The commander is worthy of our love and obedience.  The two acts go together.  They are one and the same.  This is how we show our love for our commander and chief.  We are His soldiers and His children.  Let us follow Him and give of ourselves to Him who has given His all for us. 


John 15:10  If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.



[1]Tan, P. L. Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations : [A Treasury of Illustrations, Anecdotes, Facts and Quotations for Pastors, Teachers and Christian Workers]. Garland TX: Bible Communications, 1996, c1979.