Be Careful What You Ask For, You Might Just Get It.
1 Samuel 8:1-22
August 8th, 2010
· This is a turning point in the history of the nation of Israel
· They will be moving from a nation that has as God Almighty as it's leader, to now wanting to follow a earthly leader.
Why did the Israelites ask for a king to lead them? Because they wanted to be like the nations around them, having a king they could see rather than a God they couldn't see.
Why do we trust in our instincts rather than God? Because people trust what they see not what they can't see.
· The nation of Israel demanded a king, but why did they do it?
· Who were they ultimately rejecting?
A) Of God's anointed leader(v. 1-5)
1) Samuel was God's anointed leader for this time.
2) He was a man of God, who faithfully shared God's words with the people, he interceded for them (see chapter 7)
3) Their claim that he was old was full of holes. (Abraham was 75 years old, Moses was 80 years old when God called them to serve Him)
4) His sons were rebellious much like Hophni and Phineas - (v. 3 sought dishonest gain, accepted bribes, perverted justice
(a) Yet they didn't need to get rid of Samuel just replace the sons.
5) Their request (v. 5) is more of a demand, they want not a judge, but a king. Why?
(a) To be like the all the nations- however God did not call them to be like the nations in any of their ways (Dt 26:1)
(b) We don't want to be distinct we want to be like everyone else, wow!
B) Of God himself v. 6-8)
1) Samuel is hurt for he feels like he is the one who is being rejected when in reality God lets him know that it is not he who is being rejected but God.(v. 7-8)
(a) The patience of God, my goodness. Is it any wonder that God calls us to be patient with one another. Imagine what it would be like if God were not patient with us.
C) Application (Acts 2:36) Christ died to be Lord and Christ. Jesus didn't die on the cross for us to simply have fire insurance, He died upon the cross to be both our savior and Lord.
1) When we walk according to the ways of God we are saying that You Oh Lord are my king and my Lord. You tell me what to do and I will follow your ways. When we are walking in rebellion against the will of God we are saying that we don't want God to govern our lives, we want to be king. In looking at your life- who is seated on the throne of your life?
II) Reign(v. 9-18)
A) What a king will do to you (v. 11ff) God tells Samuel to listen to them, but warn them sternly about what a king would do to them.
1) Six times in the span of seven verses it say what a king would do- he would take from them and give to others.
2) But more importantly a king would make them his slaves. (v. 17)
3) A king here is not viewed in good terms, it is not that God is against a king but their motivation for a king is wrong.
B) What God will do for you. (Ex. 34:6) (Matt 6)
1) He gives and gives
2) He extends His love and compassion for eternity
3) He forgives
4) He provides- earthly needs, spiritual needs
5) He prays for us
6) He fills us with His Spirit
7) He frees us
8) He is coming for us
III) Refusal /Reward (v. 19-22)
A) When faced with this truth the elders still refuse to do God's will
B) They wanted a king to lead them…
1) What had God been doing? He was leading them, yet they were not willing to follow.
C) They wanted a king to fight our battles! What !!!! God had been fighting their battles, if they lost any battle it was because of their sin that God would not go before them.
D) The LORD answered, "Give them a king"
1) There are those who say to God not my will but Thine be done, and those to whom God says not My will but yours be done.
2) Jesus was willing to do whatever the Father asked Him to do.
3) They would get a king, Saul who was just what they were looking for, head and shoulders above the people of Israel, (1 Sam 9:2) but early on we see that Saul is not a man after God's heart, rather he is a selfish, arrogant man who was unwilling to do what God called him to do. Funny that sounds exactly like the people .
E) As you have seen the example of the people of Israel , how would you answer the question is Jesus your Lord? Are you willing to do what He asks you to do, or are you the one who is seated on the throne of your life?