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Editor’s Note: We continue our series of blogs for those who are reading the Bible with us cover-to-cover this year. Interspersed with our thoughts on our daily reading, we want to provide some tips about reading the Bible in general.

Israel Rejects God’s Reign, Establishing Saul as King of Israel (1 Samuel 8-15)

As the nation prepares for the death of Samuel, we notice that Samuel has failed to prepare for the future leadership of the nation after he passes from the scene. His failure to provide the next generation with leadership leads them to make a horrible mistake. Follow along as we see that …

  • Although Samuel was a great judge, he was also a bad father, not inspiring confidence in the abilities of his children to lead Israel after his death. (8)
  • Although the nation of Israel had followed judges for over 400 years, they had done little to accomplish the mission of God, so the elders requested a King. (8)
  • Although the nation requested a King from Samuel, in reality they had rejected the Lord as the King of their lives. (8)
  • Although Samuel warns the nation of the consequences of a King, the nation is persistent and God chooses Saul as the first anointed King of Israel. (9-10)
  • Although Saul is effective at first, and the nation follows him, he quickly disobeys God and is rejected by the Lord. (11-13)
  • Although Saul remains King in position and title, he continues to lead poorly and disobediently to the point that the Lord promises his kingdom will be torn away from Him. (14-15)

We learn from this section of 1 Samuel that it is essential to think of the future every day of your present. Providing for the leadership of the next generation is essential to being a great leader.

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