1 Samuel 8 – Israel Demands a King

Good evening y’all. We are continuing our study of 1st Samuel with Good Morning Girls and will be looking at chapter 8 today

I pray you are blessed as you read 🙂

It’s interesting that Samuel made the same mistakes with his kids as Eli, the high priest before him. Scriptures tell us that his kids were greedy they were not like their father.

As Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons to be judges over Israel. Joel and Abijah, his oldest sons, held court in Beersheba. But they were not like their father, for they were greedy for money. They accepted bribes and perverted justice” (v1-3 NLT).

I ask myself why do these priests have this trend of their children not following in their steps: not serving God wholeheartedly as their fathers did. I guess the priests were very busy with God’s work and forgot to spend time with their family.

I pray as parents we will learn to teach our children the ways of the Lord and correct them in love when they err.

The Israelites felt Samuel was getting too old and they did not want his children to take over. So they asked Samuel to give them a king like the other nations. This suggest to me that the reason they wanted a king wasn’t really because Samuel was old and couldn’t judge them again but because they wanted to be like the other nations. The other nations didn’t have prophets or judges ruling over them they had kings. 

This got me thinking: Do I do things just because others are doing it? Do I ask myself if it’s what God wants from me at the time? I pray we get to a point were we are not controlled by what’s happening in the lives of others but rather focused on what it is that God wants for us.

Samuel wasn’t too happy about their request. I particularly love the fact that he didn’t act in the flesh. He chose to go back to God to ask for His direction on the matter

Samuel was displeased with their request and went to the Lord for guidance” (v6 NLT).

Do we make decisions without consulting God?  Samuel has been Israel judge for years, he could have chosen to act on his wealth of experience and decide to chose someone as his successor or king for Isreal. Instead he chose to consult God. He recognized God as the One who placed him in that position in the first place. God was his Employer and before making decisions he has to consult his Employer.

I pray we learn from Samuel to always consult God before we make decisions. No matter how much we think we know, God still knows more than us. Proverbs 3: 5-6  says;

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take”.

God told Samuel to honor the Israelites’ request. He said they weren’t rejecting Samuel but rejecting Him.

Do everything they say to you,” the Lord replied, “for they are rejecting me, not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer. Ever since I brought them from Egypt they have continually abandoned me and followed other gods. And now they are giving you the same treatment. Do as they ask, but solemnly warn them about the way a king will reign over them” (v 7-9 NLT).

In what ways have we been unfaithful to God?. Constantly rejecting Him, and only coming to Him when we need help; and once every thing is rosy we turn our backs on Him. That’s what the Israelites had been doing since God delivered them from Egypt.

Even though God warned them about the consequences of having a king, they still insisted on having one. They wanted to be like the other nations so bad that they refused to obey God’s warning. 

I pray we all learn to yield to God’s will for our lives and learn to trust in HIm and not lean on our own understanding when making decisions: let’s learn to acknowledge Him at all times. In Jesus’s Name. Amen

Thanks for joining today. 

Have a blessed evening 🙂

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