Israel Demands a King

Series: 1 Samuel

  • September 03, 2017
    Evening worship
  • Robert Robb
  • 1 Samuel 8: 1-22


Change can be good. But sometimes change can be detrimental. Israels request for a king is a change that went against the will of God and would lead to sin.

Sermon Notes

1. The Elders Demand

1 Samuel 8:5 ESV

[5] and said to him, "Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations."

- The reasons that are given for this demand

Samuel is too old. Samuel's sons were also perverting justice by taking bribes. 

Some commentators think Samuel may have neglected his sons in the work of the Lord. We must never neglect our family in serving the Lord. Our wife and children are our first mission field.  

However, Samuel may have been a great Father. Whatever the reason for Samuel's sons being faithless, sin was the root cause. 

-  the support for the demand

Beware of the majority. They majority opinion is not always right. Remember the crowd shouted 'crucify him'. 

-  The motive behind the demand

God's rule is being rejected. 

1 Samuel 8:7 ESV

[7] And the LORD said to Samuel, "Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.

The people in their hearts had dethroned God as the king. 

Conformity to the world was the desire. Israel did not want to be different. They wanted to fit in. 

 Today this is still a danger in the church. Some want to dethrone God and not to be different from the world. They want to be accepted by the world.