Kings 1 Sam. 8:4-9, 9-22 June 26, 2016
This lesson is helpful as we find ourselves in the season of nominating the candidates, and coming up on an election of a new president. I am pleased some candidates believe the new president will need to nominate 3 or 4 new judges for the Supreme Court. However if those new judges are not conservative it could bring a disaster to this nation. So we need to pay attention to the Lord and follow the biblical guidance we have, as we pray and seek God’s direction for the voting in which we get involved and the examples we share during this election.
1. A King Demanded. 1 Sam. 8:4-5
A. A King Requested by the . . People. 1 Sam. 8:4
4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah,
B. The People Make their . . Plea to Samuel. 1 Sam. 8:5
5 and said to him, "Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king
to judge us like all the nations."
The people of Samuel’s day thought they knew more about the kind of government they should have than the Prophet did and they told that to him. Of course the fact that they could tell Samuel about his children and their not following in a godly manner certainly did not please him. Samuel spoke to the Lord and the Lord saids to Samuel do what they ask. The Lord also told Samuel the people had not stopped following Samuel but Him. The people thought they needed a King like all the other countries of their day. They were not following God and because of that they thought they could make good decisions. How well will we follow God in making good decisions during the election next fall?
2. The Lord Allows Saul to . . Plan the Peoples Desire for A King. 1 Sam. 8:4:6-9
A. Samuel took the Peoples . . Prayer Request to the Lord. 1 Sam. 8:6
6 But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to judge us." So Samuel
prayed to the Lord .
B. The Lord Told Samuel to Heed their . . Petition. 1 Sam. 8:7-8
7 And the Lord said to Samuel, "Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.
8 According to all the works which they have done the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods — so they are doing to you also.
C. The Lord Told Samuel to . . Produce the kind of King who will Reign over them. 1 Sam. 8:9
9 Now therefore, heed their voice. However, you shall solemnly forewarn them, and show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them."
Samuel tried to reason with the people about a king but they would not listen. The Lord knew they were going to have to get a king in order to understand it would not be a wonderful thing and make everything to be correct. But the people would not listen. Many times we have to go through an experience before we can understand what is best for us. Look at the people today and how there is division on several fronts and several do not want to be told how it can be corrected. 3. Rebellion Determined. 1 Sam. 8:19-22
A. The People Reject Samuel’s Advice and . . Demand A King. 1 Sam. 8:19-20
19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, "No, but we will have a
king over us,
20 that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles."
B. The People Reject Samuel and He . . Directs the People as God Desires. 1 Sam. 8:21-22
21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he repeated them in the hearing of the Lord
22 So the Lord said to Samuel, "Heed their voice, and make them a king." And Samuel said to the men of Israel, "Every man go to his city." HCSB
The people were not going to listen to Samuel or the Lord. They felt being like the other nations and having a king over them to judge and take them out to war and fight their battles was the best route. God knew they were not following Him and therefore would not follow Samuel. God told Samuel to heed what the people wanted even though He knew it would not work. As we look back at history we can see the evidence of the peoples decisions through the years, The example does not recommend itself as a good example. Only a few of the kings set good example and followed God and His word; most did not. Hopefully we will set a better example. (To check for a more detailed outline. Go to: http://www.preachhim.org/SundaySchoolIndex.html)