1 Samuel 8:1-22..4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah; 5 and they said to him, “Behold, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations.”
The prophet “Eli’s sons were worthless men; and they did not know the Lord.“ A Samuel was called to be a prophet by God, B however Samuel’s sons were as worthless as Eli’s and the people of Israel demanded a king like other nations. Samuel had grown up in the temple with Eli and saw what happened to Eli’s sons, but his parenting efforts were unsuccessful. Samuel anointed Saul as ruler of Israel and the Spirit of the Lord came upon him. C
Samuel told Saul “And you shall go down before me to Gilgal; and behold, I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and sacrifice peace offerings. You shall wait seven days until I come to you and show you what you should do.” D
Saul went to Gilgal and waited the seven days but his men were scattering and Samuel still had not come, therefore Saul offered the burnt offering. E As soon as Saul finished Samuel came and said what have you done? Samuel told Saul his kingdom would not endure because he had rebelled against the Lord’s command.
While God is patient with His people He is serious about obedience to His commands. If we do not learn from the stories of God’s people we will repeat their mistakes and find the hand of God on us.
Henry Luke 6/3/2018
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