The sad rejection of the Lord

1 Samuel Bible Background

04.12.2016 Old Testament: 1Sa 10.17–19

To read the Bible in a year, read First Samuel 7–9 on April 12, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

The Lord blessed Israel repeatedly, yet, they did not like His arrangement of things, so they asked for a king, thinking their lives would be better,

Then Samuel called the people together to the LORD at Mizpah, and said to the children of Israel, “Thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all kingdoms and from those who oppressed you.’ But you have today rejected your God, who Himself saved you from all your adversities and your tribulations; and you have said to Him, ‘No, set a king over us!’ Now therefore, present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes and by your clans” (1 Samuel 10.17–19).

The Lord wanted the children of Israel to know that their request for a king meant that they had rejected Him as their king. They had done wonderfully with Him as their king, but they thought they would have it better with a human king.

History shows that they made a massive mistake.


  • Why do we insist on doing things our way?
  • Why can we not be content with the Lord’s way?

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