1 Samuel 8 10 Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. .
10 Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots.
12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.
14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use.
17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the Lord will not answer you in that day.”
Some of us suffer from lack of self-esteem
Some of us see ourselves as more important than we are
We have to be careful to not take ourselves too seriously
God is the king
His sons are not good leaders
The people of Israel want to be like the nations around them
The people ask for a king
Saul, son of Kish, runs into Samuel
Samuel gives Saul the best seat at the table and offers the best cut of food
Samuel appoints Saul king
Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, “Has not the Lord anointed you leader over his inheritance?
He returns home
Mentions nothing of what has happened to anyone
Samuel gathers the people and Saul is reaffirmed as king when he is chosen by lot…
Saul is nowhere to be found
The people have to seek him out
Saul gathers men and defeats the Ammonites
All seems well
Samuel’s job is done
He gives a farewell speech
20 …“You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. 21 Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless. 22 For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own.
He reigned as king 42 years
Saul wages war against the Philistines
The philistines have killed all the blacksmiths and they have no swords
He makes a sacrifice as through he were a priest
13 “You acted foolishly,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. 14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”
But Saul is being impulsive
He orders his men not to eat until the battle is won
Jonathan, not knowing, eats and is nearly killed by his father Saul
He is told to kill everything
Instead he kills the weak and saves the best
12 Early in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul, but he was told, “Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned and gone on down to Gilgal.”
22 But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.”
24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the people and so I gave in to them.
Our story ends on a sad note
35 Until the day Samuel died, he did not go to see Saul again, though Samuel mourned for him. And the Lord was grieved that he had made Saul king over Israel.
Saul knew that at first
Then he lost sight
He begins to act like a priest
He builds a monument in his own honor
He is disobedient
He loses contact with Samuel
His kingdom is removed from his family
He is rejected by God as king
There was a leadership vacuum in Israel
Eli’s sons were awful, Samuel’s sons were dishonest, Saul was disobedient and they were all replaced
If we are not careful we can lose ourselves and our families
We want to be like the nations around us; please give us a king
We are called to be holy
To be different and set apart; broken but knowing who we are and who our King is
Saul was a nobody, just like us
He was sober, shy and self-aware, but when he became king he let it go to his head
We need to have a sound understanding of who we are
We are the servants, God is the King
We are called to be different
We are called to be obedient
We are to remember who we are and whom we worship
We are never the object of worship
Our Mission is to…
Seek Christ, Serve Christ andShare Christ.