Sam I Am – Give us a King

(Message 3) We often think we know what’s best for our lives, even when wise friends or family counsel us otherwise. Have you ever gotten what you thought was best only to realize it was just the opposite? Today we look at a foolish decision and how we can learn from others and avoid costly mistakes. Join us for our message, “Sam I Am: Give Us A King”. #GCSamIAm

“Like all the other nations have.”


2 Lessons From Israel’s Failure:

  1. We don’t have to experience pain to know that it’s painful
  2. Getting our way might be God’s punishment not His blessing


Israel: “We want to be like the nations around us.”


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Key Scripture:

1 Samuel 8:1-5 (NLT)

1 As Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons to be judges over Israel. 2 Joel and Abijah, his oldest sons, held court in Beersheba. 3 But they were not like their father, for they were greedy for money. They accepted bribes and perverted justice. 4 Finally, all the elders of Israel met at Ramah to discuss the matter with Samuel. 5 “Look,” they told him, “you are now old, and your sons are not like you. Give us a king to judge us like all the other nations have.”

1 Samuel 8:6-8 (NLT)

6 Samuel was displeased with their request and went to the Lord for guidance. 7 “Do everything they say to you,” the Lord replied, “for they are rejecting me, not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer. 8 Ever since I brought them from Egypt they have continually abandoned me and followed other gods. And now they are giving you the same treatment.

1 Samuel 8:9-18 (NLT)

9 Do as they ask, but solemnly warn them about the way a king will reign over them.” 10 So Samuel passed on the Lord’s warning to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 “This is how a king will reign over you,” Samuel said. “The king will draft your sons and assign them to his chariots and his charioteers, making them run before his chariots. 12 Some will be generals and captains in his army,[a] some will be forced to plow in his fields and harvest his crops, and some will make his weapons and chariot equipment. 13 The king will take your daughters from you and force them to cook and bake and make perfumes for him. 14 He will take away the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his own officials. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and your grape harvest and distribute it among his officers and attendants. 16 He will take your male and female slaves and demand the finest of your cattle[b] and donkeys for his own use. 17 He will demand a tenth of your flocks, and you will be his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will beg for relief from this king you are demanding, but then the Lord will not help you.”

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • Can you think of a time when you really wanted something and then were sorry once you got it?

Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.

  • Read 1 Samuel 8:1-5.  Why did the Israelites want a king?
  • Read 1 Samuel 8:6-8.  According to God, why did the Israelites want a king?
  • Read 1 Samuel 8:9-18.  What were some of the dangers of having a king?  Discuss Israel’s history (Ref: 1 Kings; Solomon and Rehoboam).  Did any of these warnings come to fruition?

Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.

  • We want to be like the nations around us.  What does this desire look like in our lives today?  What dangers await those who “want to be like the nations around us?”
  • The Israelites completely ignored the Lord’s warnings.  Have you ever ignored God’s warnings?  How did it turn out?  Is there an area of your life right now in which you are ignoring God’s warning? 
  • God gave the Israelites what they wanted.  Troy said this was punishment, not a blessing.  Read Romans 1:18-24.  How can getting what we want be God’s punishment?
  • Discuss Satan’s tendency to bean boozle (bamboozle) us by showing us the pleasure of sin without the pain.  Contrast that with the love and courage that God demonstrates by telling us the truth on the front end.
  • If you are saved, God set you apart as His when you turned from sin to Christ. Troy cited 1 Peter 2:11, which calls those who belong to Christ “temporary residents and foreigners.” What do you think ‘being set apart,’ being a “temporary resident” or “foreigner” should look like in your everyday life? What does it really look like? (How does it affect your actions, personal relationships, attitudes toward authority, or personal desires?)

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Choose to seek out and submit to God’s will for our lives.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • God, please help us to be less desirous of the ways of worldly nations, but to seek after your kingship over our lives.  And father, thank you for allowing us to know you and your permanence while we are temporary residents here.  -Amen

Start digging. For further study.

  • Read this Got Questions article, “Was it wrong for the Isrealites to ask for a king?”


Troy Knight

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