Israel Demands a King: 1 Samuel 8:1-9

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

  • Idolatry
  • Immorality
  • Violence
  • Injustice
  • Polygamy
  • Erratic behavior
  • Intermarriage with idolaters
  • Selfishness
  • 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.

Psalm 106:12-15

Practical lessons:

  • 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.

Sermon 1 “The Value of Learning from the Past”

Sermon 1 “The Value of Learning from the Past”

Ill: Picture a young boy sitting in a classroom at the beginning of his education career. The teacher introduces the alphabet and numbers. The boy looks puzzled why am I learning about letters and numbers what practical purpose does this serve in my education. Why does he do this? He has no experience in life. He has no idea that the foundation for his ability to read, learn, and work hard is founded in those foundational things.

Text: Romans 15:1-5

Purpose: Paul wants the church at Rome to be patient and self-sacrificing toward their brothers, therefore He reminds them of the importance of learning from history, specifically the example of Christ, so that they we respond in a Christ honoring way.

Proposition: God wants you to walk in holiness by learning from the past.

Question 1: Why is history important?

  • History is about God.
    • Genesis 1:1
    • Colossians 1:16
  • History reveals God character and ways.
    • Genesis 50:20
    • Acts 17:24-28
    • Romans 11: 25-36
  • History reveals man’s character and ways.
    • Psalm 78:3-8

Ill: Our greatest pursuit in life is knowing God, and in that pursuit we will have a greater capacity to understand ourselves. A fear of God and knowledge of God is the starting point for all true wisdom.

Question 2: How does learning from history challenge us?

  • It gives us real life illustrations of God’s mighty working.
  • It shapes our ability to see with our eyes what the Bible states in other places.
  • It shows us living examples of ourselves. (It is often very difficult for us to see our own weaknesses or the results of sinful practices, but studying history helps us to see these things.

(Ill) Any single person can try to teach a married person how to have a good marriage, but practically, whether they realize it or not they have very little knowledge to draw from.

Question 3: What is the main purpose of studying history? Romans 15:4

  • Learning: Perspective, warning, direction
  • Patience: Life processes take time
  • Comfort: Life is full of challenges
  • Hope: There is a sure reward for faithfulness to all those who are in Christ.

1 Corinthians 10:6, 12-13

  • Holiness: You will not walk in holiness unless you take head to and pay attention to the history we find in the Bible.
  • Warning against pride: You will think to highly of yourself and puff yourself up with pride, unless you are constantly receiving instruction from Biblical history.
  • Perseverance: You will struggle to faithfully persevere in the Christian life without these great lessons from Biblical history.

Question 4: What will we be doing in the weeks and months to follow?

  • Saul: A humble man from a humble family becomes the king of Israel, a mighty warrior
  • David: A simple shepherd, the youngest of His father’s sons, becomes a mighty soldier, psalmist, king, and prophet.
  • We will see their strengths, weakness, opportunities, failures, responses to their sin, and God’s grace and justice. My prayer is that through these studies, our hearts will be drawn to the truth and stirred up to walk in holiness. I pray that we will learn, to become more patient, be comforted in times of testing, and strengthened to trust God steadfastly! May He be glorifies in our lives!

Conclusion: Do you want to be a godly person who walks in holiness and in the fear of the LORD? Then you must be a student of history!

  • Do you want Biblical wisdom?
  • Do you want to be more patient
  • Do you want encouragement in difficulty and comfort in sorrow?
  • Do you want to be holy?
  • Do you want to be humble?
  • Do you want to persevere?