We Want What We Want - Now!
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Delivered By
Pastor Ed Dinkins
Delivered On
July 12, 2015
Central Passage
1 Samuel 8:1-18
Second Sunday Service

Brief Commentary - 1 Samuel 8 - Life Applications Study Bible:

  • "Israel wanted a king for several reasons:  1) Samuel's sons were not fit to lead Israel.  2) The 12 tribes of Israel continually had problems working together because each tribe had its own leader and territory.  It was hoped that a king would unite the tribes into one nation and one army.  3) The people wanted to be like the neighboring nations.  This is exactly what God didn't want.  Having a king would make it easy to forget that God was their real leader.  It was not wrong for Israel to want a king; God had mentioned the possibility in Deuteronomy (17:14-20).  yet God was disappointed because the people were rejecting him as their leader.  The Israelites wanted laws, an army, and a human monarch in the place of God.  They were seeking to run their nation through human strength, even though only God's strength could make them flourish in the hostile land of Canaan.
  • Had the Israelites submitted to God's leadership, they would have thrived beyond their expectations (Deuteronomy 28:1).  Our obedience is weak if we ask God to lead our family or personal lives but continue to live by the world's standards and values.  If we think that believing in God pertains only to worship, we may end up rejecting his leadership in practical areas of life.  
  • Israel would learn later that a human leader was not the complete answer to their problems.  Only God, their true leader, and faith in him could bring the reform they sought."

Pastor Dinkins reminds us that we are IN the world but NOT OF the world.  We must take our eyes off worldly things and values and set our sights on God and His word to be our focus and compass in our daily living.  1 Samuel 15:22 says:  "And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams."  Going to church and paying tithes may be a sacrifice but it is not alone sufficient - following Christ requires obedience - a complete mind, body and soul commitment each and every day.

Joshua 24:15 sums it up by saying:   And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

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