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By Popular Demand - 1 Samuel 8:1-22

In 1 Samuel 8 Israel approaches Samuel with a selfish request for a king. God tells Samuel to warn Israel of the foolishness of their demand. Despite an unforgettable warning, Israel insists on having a king over them. Surprisingly, God tells Samuel to grant their wish. God’s people eventually realize that their wish isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Hence, they experience the dire consequences of their faulty decision. The point of the story is: Watch what you want; you might get what you ask for. 1. Israel demands a king (8:1-9). 2. Samuel warns against kingship (8:10-18). 3. Israel insists upon a king (8:19-22).

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The Long Way Home - 1 Samuel 7:2-17

The principal question of 1 Samuel 7 is: What does it take to return to the Lord? The brief answer is that believers need to turn back to the Lord. This text teaches that God helps those who honor Him. 1. Samuel call Israel to repent (7:2-4). 2. Samuel leads Israel into battle (7:5-12). 3. Samuel judges Israel (7:13-17). These last five verses summarize Samuel’s faithfulness to God and to Israel.

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Holy Cow Moments - 1 Samuel 6:1-7:1

Many Christians have a Lucky Charms approach to the Bible. They like the taste of the marshmallows, but they aren’t particularly big on the cereal itself. They pick and choose certain soft and tasty verses that tantalize their taste buds. If something doesn’t appeal to them in their study of God’s Word, they quickly disregard it. To make matters worse, some Christians use Bible verses, relics, and traditions as lucky charms to please, appease, and influence God. The author of 1 Samuel 4 warns against such practices. 1. Tragic consequences result when we fail to consult God (4:1b-11). 2. Tragic consequences result when we fail to repent from sin (4:12-22).

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