“The Dump, Being Dumped, Reason for Being Dumped ”
I Samuel 15:7-9
- The word “dump” is not found in the KJV Bible
- There are several words used in our KJV Bible that refers to garbage or dumping in the Bible. One being “waste” the other being “refuse”
- The word “refuse” is found in the KJV Bible 26 times.
- You also must know that the word “refuse” has two meanings…
- To reject, or decline to do
- Worthless, rubbish, waste (consider unusable, or of no value to the user)
- Both meanings are in the bible
- Of the two meanings, only 3 times is that word (refuse) used to describe or mean worthless, rubbish or waste. 23 times the word “refuse” means to reject, or decline to do.
- All in all, the word “refuse” has a negative connotation meaning “rejected.”
I. The Dump
A) The decision to dump
- To dump something or someone, you must first come to a decision. You must decide 1) “to dump/throw away” or, 2) to “keep” it.
- TO DUMP- The decision to dump something or someone is made because you as an individual have decided that what you dump is…
- Of no value
- Of no good use to you
- Unloved or what was close to you at one time, there is no more love.
- Rejected as an item to keep
- As a saying goes… “What is one man’s junk, is another man’s treasure.” This is so true in that what man may consider useless may be useful to another man. This is generally true but not always true.
- Looking at our text this morning of I Samuel 15:7-9, I want us to notice verse 9b “… but everything that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.”
- To come to that conclusion, they had to make a decision as to what was “vile and refuse”
- The word “vile” means evil, wicked, or sinful.
- The word “refuse” means anything thrown away or rejected as worthless or useless. 2. Waste, trash, or rubbish.
- In our story here, look at verse 8… And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.
- Who was valuable to Saul? The King of the Amalekites.
- Who was refuse or worthy of a dump? The Amalekite people.
- Why were the Amelekites hated by Saul (God’s people)?
- Because the Amelekites were descendants of Esau (Brother to Jacob/Israel) and God told them that they would always be at war with one another.
- Because the Amelekites were nomadic desert people (People who roam about with no home). They are also ones who attacked Israel in the wilderness after they left Egypt (Exodus 17:8-16).
- The decision to dump/get rid of – God had told Saul to totally annihilate the Amelekites because of their attack on Israel in the wilderness.
- We as a nation need to remember God’s laws concerning attacks against His people.
- God promised Israel in Genesis 12:3…And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
- God has specific anger against those who do Him wrong or His family wrong. That anger is unleashed and punishment to the offender is severe. Saul was told to completely destroy these Amelekites and Saul did not obey.
- Saul chose to dump/destroy only what he felt was necessary.
- Making the choice to dump something should be easy. It isn’t always easy. Ask yourself …“Do I need this item?” Is it worthless? Is it not useful to me anymore?
B) God’s decision to dump
- God dumps/get rid of/abandons/puts away people and their “things” when they no longer bring glory to Him.
- This is the reason why people dump/ get rid of/abandon/put away things that they no longer want. Because to keep it makes them look bad.
- Genesis 35:2…Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:
- Joshua 24:23…Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel.
- Over and over in the Bible God’s desire is for us to “put away (dump/get rid of)”things that make Him (God), or us look bad.
- The problem in the world today is that people do not throw away/dump things that make them look bad.
- Have you noticed that there are more bad looking neighborhoods and more sloppy dressers in the world today than ever before.
- Like David in Psalm 14:3… They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
- People today, just do not care!
- Jeremiah 3:8…And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
C) Location of the Dump
- A dump is a place that no one wants to live. No one wants to stay for any length of time at a dump site.
- A dump is usually located outside of the city limits to avoid smelling the stench that proceeds from the dumped or undesirable items.
- The earth can be considered a dump for God to place the sinful, undesirable Satan and his angels. The earth was placed far away from heaven.
- Hell may be considered as a dump. It is a place that contains undesirables, unrepentant sinners, those considered to be worthless to God.
- Hell is in the center of the earth. It is unreachable by man.
- No one wants a dump near their home. WHY? Because it smells bad and will drive the value of your property down, high volumes of traffic, etc.
- The location of a dump is strategic. You must make a choice as to the dump site or place.
II. Being Dumped
A) As in trash
- Dumping trash is one thing, but dumping a person is another. There are some similarities in the two (Trash/person) being dumped…
- Not needful
- Not wanted
- Not loved
- Not desired
- Not useful
- The differences between the two are
- Trash has no “feelings,” no conscience, no brain, no soul or spirit.
- People have feelings, a conscience, a brain, a soul, and a spirit.
B) As in People
- God created “man (people)” so that they would bring glory and honor to Him! That is the sole purpose for God creating man and woman.
- The entire human race has lost sight of their purpose here on earth.
- Psalm 100:1… Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. 2) Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3) Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
- When we no longer make a joyful noise to Him, when we no longer serve Him with gladness, when we no longer believe that He is God and made us… then we no longer are useful to Him. We are no longer valuable to Him… WE ARE TRASH and deserved to be dumped!
- Even Christ Jesus recognized the reason for His coming to earth in John 17:4… I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
- God does not want to “dump/get rid of” anyone! God wants to see people or things to be changed for the better.
- If change is not made, and if “light and opportunity” is given many times for improvement to be made and it or the person rejects it…God “puts away/dumps” the rejected item.
III. Reason for Being Dumped
A) Not useful anymore
- God does not like laziness. WHY? Lazy people never work, never commit themselves to anything, and never bring glory to God or anything that they touch.
- God also does not like continual law breakers. WHY? Because they have no desire to change. No desire to honor God or His government established for mankind that brings about a positive change or repentance.
- Lamentations 3:39… Wherefore (Why) doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?
- 40) Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD. 41) Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens. 42) We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned (not forgiven us).
- 43) Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us: thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied.
- 44) Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through. 45) Thou hast made us as the offscouring (something rejected by society) and refuse in the midst of the people. 46) All our enemies have opened their mouths against us. 47) Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction.
- Our nation, the United States of America has become the laughing stock of the world!
- There was a time when other countries feared us, other countries used to respect us, other countries used to look up to us.
- Those times are over! WHY? Because as Jeremiah said in his lament over Jerusalem and its destruction…we have “transgressed and rebelled” against God!
- When a nation or people continually go into a downward spiral towards sin, immorality, and injustice they make God look bad.
- God gave us this nation (America), given to us a land that was flowing with milk and honey and opportunity to serve Him and not the King and Queen of England.
- This country was founded upon Godly and Christian principles. Now, those principles have changed, those desires to serve God has changed. The will of our nation has been eradicated.
- We as children of God can no longer allow Satan to rule our hearts. We can no longer allow other countries to come over here and dictate who we will serve!
- God has been discarded as rubbish, as trash and not accepted in our schools or government. Our country is in a dangerous place right now.
- What can we do? PRAY without ceasing!
- If you value God at all, if you value our country, if you value the family that God has given to you… Pray for America which has become a dumpsite in the eyes of God!