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April 7, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Samuel 8 (ESV)

When Samuel became old, he made his sons judges over Israel. The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba. Yet his sons did not walk in his ways but turned aside after gain. They took bribes and perverted justice.

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramahand 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.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. 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. According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you. Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.”....Continue Reading

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  1. And Samuel prayed to the Lord. 7And 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.

  2. How sad after God warns them of all the demands a king will place on them as a people, the people still choose to reject God and have a king. And for what reason? So we can be like the other nations. The behavior of others is not a good reference point for what we should do especially when that contradicts what God says. And yet God gives them what they want. He will go only so far to protect us from ourselves. As we see in the next chapter He even chooses the king.

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