Monday, February 2, 2009

The Promise: The Deliverer is a King (1 Samuel 8)

  • Read 1 Samuel 8:4-5.  The people of Israel had never had a king, but wanted one to replace Samuel because they didn’t trust Samuel’s sons.  Read verses 6-9 and put God’s response in your own words. 
  • Why would it be difficult to have God as the king of your nation?  Why is it hard to follow someone we cannot see?
  • Ultimately, Saul was rejected as king of Israel.  Read 1 Samuel 15:22 to see why (the rest of the chapter is helpful as well).  If you were to rewrite this verse for the church of 2007, how would you write it? (note: we don’t sacrifice anymore, so how would you change that?)  What spiritual activities might get in the way of plain obedience to God? 
  • When you think of King David, what are the stories that first come to mind?  In what ways do you think of yourself like him?  How are you not like him?
  • Quickly, make a list of all King David’s sins.  How does this list make you feel about yourself?  Why do you think God called David, “A man after God’s own heart.”?  What would it take for you to be a woman/man after God’s own heart? 
  • Although He isn’t sitting on an earthly throne right now, Jesus is still king of all creation.  How should your life reflect that truth?  What might you change this week to bring yourself more under the “rule of God?”

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