Sunday Worship 1 Samuel Series
Text: 1 Samuel 8:1-9
Purpose: God moved the writer of 1 Samuel to pen these words as a constant reminder to Israel and to us that rebellion always leads to pain and strained fellowship with God.
Proposition: God wants you to be careful what you demand from Him, because He knows what is best for you.
Interrogative: What truths will motivate us to be very careful about what we demand from God?
Scene 1: God’s will for Israel: Exodus 19:3-6
- Israel received grace. They were God’s chosen people.
- Scripture through them
- Covenants to them
- Promises for them
- Law to and for them
- God’s glory in their midst
- Redemption through the Messiah.
1 Samuel 8:7
- Israel’s laws were established by God, and He alone was to be their king. We call this a theocracy.
Scene 2: Israel’s chaotic condition: Judges 17:6
- Erratic behavior
- Intermarriage with idolaters
- Famines and oppression from their neighbors
Scene 3: Israel’s selfish demand to God: 1 Samuel 8:1-9
Scene 4: God’s response: 1 Samuel 8:7
- Their heart is not with me, so give them what they want.
- I will not fight them, but I will warn them of the seriousness of their decision, and the consequences that will follow.
- God wanted to warn the people, leaving them and all generations to follow a testimony of the damaging consequences of following your own heart rather than God’s revealed will.
Scene 5: Their difficult consequences: 1 Samuel 8:10-22
- He will abuses his authority
- He will take your things
- He will use you for his own benefit
- You will have constant conflict with your neighbors
- A broken fellowship with God.
- God’s ways do not always seem the best, but they are.
- The world’s way is the common way.
- God’s ways are for our own good.
- We are prone to demand things without any idea of the consequences.
- God’s people are to be distinct from their unconverted neighbors.
- We are to be governed by God and His laws, not by the will of men who rule selfishly.
- You can pick you sin, but not your consequence.
- You always reap to a greater degree than you have sowed.
- God does not walk in fellowship with those who demand their own way.
- Will you take the time to think about your own walk before the Lord?
- Have you chosen a path that is like these people, one that is common, but will lead to pain and suffering?
- Are you compromising and looking for something that may in the end hurt you?
- Be careful what you ask for, because if you ask enough, God may give it to you to your downfall.