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A King Like the Nations

June 1st, 2011

1 Samuel 8: 1-22

  • Samuel is being mocked by the Israelites
  • He has served them well all his life but he didn’t raise his sons very well
  • Samuel still has many years left to serve when this is asked
  • Samuel was hurt by this request. We often feel hurt  but instead of pretending all is well or letting everyone know how he felt, Samuel took this to God
  • How do we handle hurt? It is wise to assess our feelings and take them to God
  • vs 7: Samuel receives healing from God
  • When we feel hurt by rejection we might be experiencing a little of how God feels when we reject Him
  • If we get close enough to God people will react to us in a similar way they react to God
  • Ephesians 4:31-32 – we should live not holding grudges
  • It is ambigious whether God wanted to give the Israelites a king.
  • In this passage He seems against a king but in Deutronomy 17:14-15 God is pleased about a king
  • The sin in this passage is how and why they’ve asked for a king
  • The Israelites wanted a king because they are scared of their enemies
  • If they remembered their Ebenezer they wouldn’t have asked for a king as they would remember what God did for them – the Israelites were not trusting God
  • Psalm 46:1 – God helps us
  • Samuel warns the Israelites of the danger of their request but they refuse to listen to him – they have forgotten that God is on their side
  • God wants them to trust Him
  • If we stay faithful to God we have no idea how much He will do for us
  • Stay close to God and He will bless you
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