Deadly Deception

New Philly Sydney
Preached by Jamie Yoo on June 15, 2014, Sunday.
Duration: 52 minutes (audio)

Discussion Questions

Brief Background

  1. Read 1 Sam. 15.2-3. When the Lord says that he has “noted what Amalek did to Israel,” what account is this referring to? What is the long-standing relationship between Israel and Amalek? (Read Exod. 17.8-16 and Deut. 25.17-19).
  2. P. Jamie explained that the Lord’s command for Saul to “utterly destroy” Amalek was in fact an act of God’s justice. How is this so? What was the purpose and the significance of this warfare?
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    Self-Deception

  4. In the sermon, P. Jamie pointed out that self-deception is “not seeing reality the way God sees it.” What were the two realities in 1 Sam. 15, according to Saul and God? What are some ways that people deceive themselves? What are some ways that you have deceived yourself to believe in a lie?
  5. What motivated Saul to deceive himself? (1) fear of man; (2) self-love, self-glory, and self-honor. Do these motives that we see in Saul resonate with you? What are some other motives that might make us live in self-deception?
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    Self-deception keeps us from true repentance, thereby alienating us from God.

  7. Read v. 14: Saul was blinded from seeing the reality about himself. What was Saul blinded to? Share an example of how we deny the obvious evidences around us and our inability to see reality for what it is because of our self-deception.
  8. Read v. 15: He justified himself by blame-shifting and excuse-making. Who did Saul shift the blame on? What kinds of excuses did Saul make? What are some “religious” excuses that we make in order to cover up our sins and wrongs, and justify ourselves?
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    Practical Application

  10. Samuel confronted and rebuked Saul for his disobedience of God’s command. But Saul refused to listen to Samuel’s confrontation and insisted on his own ways. What can we learn about wise people that God brings into our lives to confront us of our disobedience and wayward lifestyle?
  11. Have there been times in your life when a wise person tried to confront you in love, but you “scoffed at their rebuke” in your pride and blindness? What makes it hard for you to listen and receive? What were the consequences? Who are the people in your life that speak into your life? Do you justify yourself to others to cover up your wrongs?
  12. How does knowing Jesus and having security in him make any difference in your ability to receive hard truths from people who seek to love and grow you towards true repentance?

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