Feared 1 Sam. 12:12-22 HCSB July 3rd, 2016
Is it good for us to go around emphasizing a fear of the Lord? Personally I have mixed emotions about that question. It is my opinion that everyone needs to have a wholesome respect and proper fear of the Lord. But as we learn to love the Lord and honor Him I think the fear factor is not as prominent. As a father I always wanted my children to love and respect me, but even though they knew I had control over them I did not want them to fear me. I hope I am making my thoughts clear.
1. The Covenant Revisited. 1 Sam. 12:12-15
A. The . . Need To Revisit the Covenant. 1 Sam. 12:12-14
12 But when you saw that Nahash king of the Ammonites was coming against you, you said to me, 'No, we
must have a king rule over us'—even though the Lord your God is your king.
13 "Now here is the king you've chosen, the one you requested. Look, this is the king the Lord has placed over you.
14 If you fear the Lord, worship and obey Him, and if you don't rebel against the Lord's command, then both you and the king who rules over you will follow the Lord your God.
B. The . . Necessity of Revisiting the Covenant. 1 Sam. 12:15
15 However, if you disobey the Lord and rebel against His command, the Lord's hand will be against
you and against your ancestors.
Samuel made it clear to the people the Lord had placed a king over them and that he and the people needed to revisit the covenant and have a close relationship with the Lord. He made it clear it was not enough to just talk about it but the people needed to make their commitments obvious so that no one question them. Samuel made it clear that if they did not sincerely do this the Lord would be against them and their following generations. This was a serious matter. Paying attention to the covenant will bring blessings, but neglecting it will cause the cursings of the Lord and the forsaking His protection. This was a serious matter. Paying attention to the covenant will bring blessings but neglecting it will cause the cursing of the Lord and forsaking of His protection.
2. A Sign Delivered. 1 Sam. 12:16-18
A. The Sign . . Requested. 1 Sam. 12:16-17
16 "Now, therefore, present yourselves and see this great thing that the Lord will do before your eyes.
17 Isn't the wheat harvest today? I will call on the Lord and He will send thunder and rain, so that you will know and see what a great evil you committed in the Lord's sight by requesting a king for yourselves."
B. The Sign . . Revealed. 1 Sam. 12:18
18 Samuel called on the Lord, and on that day the Lord sent thunder and rain. As a result, all the people
greatly feared the Lord and Samuel.
To convince the people of Samuels relationship with the Lord he requested and received signs related to both thunder and rain because he asked God to grant them. Today we regularly see the weather map and know the details surrounding the rain. But God can bring up a storm anytime He desires to do so. Several of our leading men have called for the Lord to send His mighty hand upon the weather so the people would know He is willing to bless them in an unusual way. He has many times illustrated through His power what He is willing to do to help and guide His children. All of us should believe we have an enormously powerful God, He is to be
3. God’s Mercy and Grace. 1 Sam. 12:19-22
A. The . . Plea for Mercy and Grace. 1 Sam. 12:19
19 They pleaded with Samuel, "Pray to the Lord your God for your servants, so we won't die! For we have
added to all our sins the evil of requesting a king for ourselves."
B. The . . Promise Related To Mercy and Grace. 1 Sam. 12:20-22
20 Samuel replied, "Don't be afraid. Even though you have committed all this evil, don't turn away from following the Lord. Instead, worship the Lord with all your heart. 21 Don't turn away to follow worthless things that can't profit or deliver you; they are worthless.
22 The Lord will not abandon His people, because of His great name and because He has determined to make you His own people. HCSB
Samuel wanted the people to recognize in spite of their sin that God wanted a recognition of His love and power to do miraculous works for the People. However they needed not to turn away, but to honor God and worship Him with all their heart. The Lord promised not to abandon them because of His great name and that He has determined to make them His people. We need to remember what a great honor God has bestowed on us because He wants us, and through Christ has redeemed us. He is to be Loved greatly and respectfully Feared.