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God’s Sovereignty and Will In Our Lives

God’s will is always at work. God’s will can be done in our lives even though it is not His perfect will or decree for us. Decisions we make can result in God’s permissive will being applied in our lives instead of His perfect plan being carried out. I Samuel 9 gives some examples of this regarding Israel’s demand for and receiving of God’s will and plans pertaining to a king.

God’s Sovereignty and Will In Our Lives
1 Samuel 9
Pew Bible Page 146

Textual Study

Verses 1-10 Kish, His Son and the Lost Donkeys
The son, Saul, is described as an “impressive young man” (“young and good).”

The lengthy genealogy also implies the family of Saul has great ______________. His physical traits helped him make a good impression.

God, though sovereign, permits Israel a king in accordance with their _______________ and _______________ of what an ideal king would be.

The servant mentions going to see Samuel, “a man who ______________ God” in the role of a seer/prophet.

Verses 11-27 The Son, the Seer and the Lord’s Revelation
Verses 15-17 prove the choosing of Saul was _____________ will and guided by His providence.

In verse 16 God instructed that Saul be anointed “nagid” (“prince/ruler”) rather than a “melek” (“king”).

Saul was to “govern” God’s people (Verse 17), which usually means “to hold back/to restrain.” Why did God use this word rather than more common verbs for “rule” or “reign”?


1. God’s sovereignty is more His right and ______________________ than it is an attribute. I Samuel 2:6-8; I Chronicles 29:11-12; Matthew 6:13

2. God’s will is that which puts into _______________ all He has designed. - The Decretive (Directive) and Preceptive (Permissive) Will of God

3. A king was “permitted” by God’s permissive will for Israel. But Saul was not of the line of Judah, which God’s directive will had chosen as a dynasty of kings that would produce the _________________ (Genesis 49:10).

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