Israel Asks for a King

God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have” (1 Samuel 8:5).

And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king” (1 Samuel 8:7).

Stop asking yourself, “Why can’t my story be someone else’s story?” God’s NOT DONE writing your story!

Sermon preached on September 20, 2020.

  • Why was it such a big deal for Israel to ask for a king? What did Israel want in a king?
  • How did Samuel respond to the elders? What was different in the way Samuel responded and the way the elders responded to the situation?
  • What stands out to you about Saul in chapter 9? Why do you think God chose Saul to be Israel’s first king? What would be Saul’s mission? (vs. 17)
  • Israel lacked trust that God would provide for them and asked for a king. Why is trust a hard thing for us to learn, especially when it comes to trusting God?
  • Where is God currently working in my life and where do I need to trust him in the process?
  • What is something that your friends have that you don’t, but would like to have?
  • What did the Israelites want and why did they want it? (1 Samuel 8:4-5)
  • What was Samuel’s response and what did he do about it? (1 Samuel 8:6)
  • How is Saul described in 1 Samuel 9:2?  What does God want Saul to do? (1 Samuel 8:15-17). Sometimes what we want is not what we need.  God allows us to make our own choices.  Sometimes what looks like the best, might not be the best (Genesis 3:6).  What can we do to make sure we are making good choices and trusting God? (1 Samuel 8:6).
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