Insisting on your own way even when it opposes God’s way

1 Samuel Bible Background

04.11.2019 – Old Testament: 1Sa 8.19–20

To read the Bible in a year, read First Samuel 7–9 on April 11, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Samuel’s sons failed as judges and the people used that to ask for a king rather than asking Samuel to appoint another worthy man as judge. However, Samuel warned them of the dangers of a king, but the Bible says:

Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, “No, but we will have a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”

– 1 Samuel 8.19–20

As you can see, they wanted to be like the rest of the nations, and that desire led them to imitate the nations in other ways, such as idolatry, that ruined Israel later.

Although Samuel made it clear what a king would do and how he would tax them and take their young people, they insisted on their own way.

They paid for it dearly over the centuries. It never pays to ignore the Lord nor should we ignore those who teach us about Him and His ways.


  • Have you ever insisted on your own way even if it contradicted the Lord’s way?
  • How did it turn out?

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