Saturday, March 15, 2014

1 Samuel

Who is Samuel? 

At this time in the history of God's people, Samuel is the prophet who speaks with God's voice, and leads His people to defeat their enemies.

Unfortunately, the leaders of the tribes of Israel want a King to reign over them.  Samuel warns then that God is their King, and that a human King would tax them and oppress them... but they insist.

God tells Samuel that "they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them." (1 Samuel 8:7)

God then appoints Saul as King over all Israel, which is united under his rule. The people of God make selfish choices, such as asking for King instead of trusting in God alone.
God just wants them to follow him, and he points out to them that "Obedience is better than sacrifice" (1 Samuel 15:22)

But they fall short, and try to do things their own way.

And thus the Nation of Israel is born.

 A nation is born
Focus shifts from Him.
So hard to obey.

 Do you ever replace obedience with sacrifice?
Over this season of Lent, which are we focused on?  
Obedience, or just sacrifice?

What is God calling me to be obedient about today?

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