Daily Bible Reading
- Day 1: 1 Samuel 6:1-21
- Day 2: 1 Samuel 7:1-17
- Day 3: 1 Samuel 8:1-22
- Day 4: 1 Samuel 9:1-27
- Day 5: 1 Samuel 10:1-27
Group Bible Study
Week 27: 1 Samuel 8:1-22 (Israel Demands A King)
- Samuel appointed his sons, Joel and Abijah, as judges in Beersheba, but why was this an unwise decision? How did this foolish decision help lead to Israel’s misguided desire for a king?
- In Israel’s request for a king, what major factor were they forgetting? Why is it foolish for any people to focus more on an earthly leader than on a right relationship with God?
- What warnings did Samuel give to the people about the ways of a king? Why do you think power and politics always seem to lead toward corruption?
- The people of Israel refused to listen to Samuel’s warnings because they wanted to “be like all the nations” (v. 19-20). What makes wanting to fit in and be like others a dangerous trap for any believer? Why must genuine believers appreciate the call to be separate from the world?
- The people said they wanted a king who would “go out before us and fight our battles” (v. 20b). Why must this statement have been particularly insulting to God? Even when under an earthly ruler, what must people of faith always remember about the Lord?
- It’s often been said, “Be careful what you ask for.” How are these words relevant in this situation? Why do you think God granted the people’s persistent and imprudent request for a king?
- When God responds with a “no” to our prayers, why is this always the best answer? Can you share about a time when God said, “No,” and you realized it was for your best?
- Let’s thank God today for all the times when He has blessed us by responding to our prayer requests by answering with, “No.”