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Israel demands King: November lesson

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Biblical illustration of King Saul

By Rose Kirby

When Samuel was old, he appointed his sons as judges over Israel, but they were not as godly as their father.  They took bribes and were perverts. (I Samuel 8:1-3)

 The people of Israel were displeased by Samuel’s sons and they began to demand for a king. When Samuel prayed to God about it, He answered, “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,” 1Samuel 8:7.

Israel wasn’t supposed to be like other countries. God was their king and God is your king too. If you believe in Jesus, God wants to rule your life. It is easy to let your friends, sports, or your ego rule, but God has a perfect plan for you. “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:17. Ask God to help always because God is your king.

God was sad Israel rejected Him as king. He told Samuel to give them a king, but to warn them earlier about what they would face.  Regardless of Samuel’s warning, the people insisted on having a king. (I Samuel 8:920).  Nevertheless, God did what they asked.

 God instructed Samuel on how he would find the suitable King for Israel.

“To morrow by this time, I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that  he may save my people out of  the land of Philistines: for I have looked upon my own people , because their cry is come unto me,”

1Samuel 9:16.

  Samuel met with Saul, and when he had anointed him king of Israel, he gave him instructions to follow, which he obeyed and God changed Saul’s heart.  He begun prophesying. (1Samuel 10) 

 Samuel did what God told him to do by appointing Saul as king. Saul too was obedient to Samuel.  To be a good king, one must be obedient and should listen to God’s instructions. Will you let God lead you?

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