Monday, July 5, 2021

The people of ISRAEL sin against GOD


The people demand a king from Samuel:

1 Samuel 8:4-5

King James Version

4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, 

and came to Samuel unto Ramah,

5 And said unto him, 

Behold, thou art old, 

and thy sons walk not in thy ways: 

now make us a king 

to judge us like all the nations.

The Bible is replete with people loving God, then sinning against Him.

We are a forgetful lot.

Even a prophet's sons become foolish, thus, the demand for a king.

1 Samuel 8:1-3

King James Version

8 And it came to pass, 

when Samuel was old, 

that he made his sons judges over Israel.

2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; 

and the name of his second, Abiah: 

hey were judges in Beersheba.

3 And his sons walked not in his ways, 

but turned aside after lucre, 

and took bribes, 

and perverted judgment.

In asking for a king, the people of Israel had sinned GREATLY against GOD.

Samuel's response to the clamor of people to give them a king:

1 Samuel 8:6

King James Version

6 But the thing displeased Samuel

when they said, 

Give us a king to judge us. 

And Samuel prayed unto the Lord.

And this is God's response:

1 Samuel 8:7

King James Version

7 And the Lord said unto Samuel

Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: 

for they have not rejected thee, 

but they have rejected me, 

that I should not reign over them.

Further, God warned Samuel:

1 Samuel 8:8

King James Version

8 According to all the works which they have done 

since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt 

even unto this day, 

wherewith they have forsaken me

and served other gods, 

so do they also unto thee.

God agrees to the people's demand for a king.

1 Samuel 8:9

King James Version

9 Now therefore hearken unto their voice: 

howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, 

and shew them the manner of the king 

that shall reign over them.

The next post will tell you what king God gave the people, upon their clamor.

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