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A Leader for God’s People

1 Samuel 9-10 The nation of Israel was governed by judges for 320 years. The last verse in the book of Judges, describes this period of time this way: Judges 21:25 (NKJV) In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Under Moses, the people took an oath to seek the Lord and be faithful to Him, but it never worked that way. The pattern of turning away from the Lord and being disciplined by Him continued until the people asked for a king, thus rejecting God as their ruler.  God listened to their demand for a king and chose a man for them. The man God chose for them was an ideal candidate. He came from an influential family. Also, he was handsome and a choice young man. 1 Samuel 9:1-2 describes him. 1 Samuel 9:1–2 (NKJV) 1 There was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power. 2 And he had a choice and handsome son whose name was Sa

The Altar and the Crown

1 Samuel 8 1 Peter 1:16 (NKJV) “Be holy, for I am holy.” Romans 12:2 (NKJV) And do not be conformed to this world. A soldier escaped the battle and ran into Shiloh with dust on his head and his clothes torn. Everyone knew that this meant tragedy, and the city was immediately in an uproar. Somebody took the man directly to Eli. Eli was old, he had judged Israel for forty years, and now he listened to the news he dreaded. His two sons were dead, and the Ark of the Covenant was in the Philistines’ possession. The boy Samuel had told Eli that this would happen. Eli fell off his stool at the news that the Ark had been captured and broke his neck. Samuel was still a boy, so he went back home to Ramah, where his father and mother were. For twenty years, the Ark did not return to the tabernacle in Shiloh, nor did the people seek God. When Samuel was about thirty years old, he became judge of Israel, but he did not return to Shiloh. He made Ramah his home base for his entire life. 1

Samuel: The Last Judge

1 Samuel 7 Hebrews 3:12 (NKJV) Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God. Israel, also known as “ the Children of Israel,” was chosen by God to be a witness. God chose Abraham. From Abraham ’ s descendants, God chose Isaac, and from Isaacs two sons, God chose Jacob, whose name He changed to Israel. It is this Jacob from whom the nation gets its name, “ Israel.” God ’ s purpose in His choice is summed up in the words of Isaiah 43:10. Isaiah 43:10 (NKJV) “ You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “ And My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me. In this passage, God says, “ You are My witnesses.” This is why God chose them. In Genesis 12, when God chose Abraham, He said to Abraham, “ And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3) The blessing that came through Abraham is the kn