1 Sam. 30:11-15 A STRANGER FINDS MERCY
Intro: Ill. The context. David and his men are pursuing the men who destroyed their
homes and took their families captive. Along the way, they encounter a man who
was placed there by the providence of Almighty God. Ill. Isnt it great how He
governs in the affairs of men? There is more to this great story than just David and
his men chasing their attackers. There is a picture here of the great love and mercy
of Holy God for fallen men. In these verses, we can see a portrait of the Lord Jesus
and His compassion for the sinner. As God gives liberty tonight, I want to preach on
this thought, A Stranger Finds Mercy.
I. HIS SITUATION
A. v.11 He Was A Foreigner Ill. A stranger from the promises of God and the
hope of Israel! (Ill. Remember what it was like outside Jesus! (Ill. Eph. 2:-1-
3; 12 (Ill. John 8:44, Isa. 59:2)
B. v. 13 He Was Friendless Ill. Left for dead! This is exactly how much the
devil values your life and mine. He delights in using us up and throwing us
away! Ill. The sinner only has one Friend Ill. David Psa. 142:4! Pro.
18:24; John 15:13.
C. v. 12 He Was Famished He was literally starving to death! (Ill. The world
will never satisfy the longing soul. The sinner will never find fulfillment in the
arms of the world. It is only in the Person of Jesus Christ that the sinner can
find true rest and perfect satisfaction. (Ill. Matt. 5:6; Psa. 107:9) (Ill. John
4:13-14; John 7:37! Ill. John 6:35!)
II. HIS SAVIOR
A. v. 11 He Found Him Ill. No sinner can truthfully say that he has found
Jesus. It is the Lord who does the looking, the finding and the awakening to
the need of salvation John 6:44; Luke 19:10.
B. v. 11-12b He Fed Him Ill. David and his men met the need of this man. Ill.
Jesus, when He is received meets the greatest need of mankind the need of
the soul! He brings salvation and forgiveness and eternal life! He satisfies the
deepest longings of the heart of man! (Ill. John 6:48; 51) Ill. He never stops
fulfilling our needs Phil. 4:19.
III. HIS SALVATION
Ill. David freed this man. His life was changed after he met David. Notice what
David delivered him from.
A. Slavery Ill. The slavery of sin! Rom. 6:16; Eph. 2:1-3. Jesus sets the
captives free Luke 4:18; John 8:36!
B. Death The man would have surely died. David brought him life. Ill. The
Christian need never fear death. He has been delivered through Jesus. (Ill.
John 5:24; John 11:25-26; Ill. Rom. 6:23- He paid the price and we benefit
C. Disuse Here was man who had been used up and thought his life was over.
David gave him new life and a new future! Ill. What Jesus does for those He
saves! Ill. Eph. 2:10. (Ill. Jesus rescues us from the scrap pile and puts us in
the Kings service! (Ill. 2 Cor. 4:7** God puts His Treasure in our trash!)
Conc: I dont know many things this afternoon, but there is one thing I do know for
sure. I know that I am saved and that Jesus came to where I was lying broken and
wasted one day. I know He saved my soul and has given me a new life and I know
that I am grateful and that I love Him. Thank God He lifts the fallen, delivers the
captive, helps the burdened and saves the sinner. Thank God I was found one day.
What about you?