God’s people rejected Him as king and demanded a human king like the surrounding nations. God granted the request of His people, giving them over to their disobedience. Despite the sin of His people, God has provided the true king they need in
We see in the bible that God’s people rejected Him as their king and demanded a human king like the surrounding nations. God granted the request of His people, giving them over to their disobedience. Let us learn from God's people the mistakes in putting our hope in a man, and let us focus on the true king we need, King Jesus.
God’s people rejected Him as king and demanded a human king like the surrounding nations. God granted the request of His people, giving them over to their disobedience. Despite the sin of His people, God has provided the true king they need in Jesus.
(The goal is to grow in our relationship with Christ and each other. It is ok if you don’t cover every question.)
1. Share about a time when you desperately wanted what someone else had, only to be disappointed once you finally got it for yourself (such as a certain job, the latest piece of technology, or a particular type of car). What led to your disappointment?
2. What do our desires to have what isn’t ours teach us about our hearts?
3. Have a volunteer read 1 Samuel 8:10-22. What warnings did Samuel give the people of Israel about the king they sought? Why were they willing to ignore these warnings?
4. When are you inclined to do something just to be “like everyone else”? What does that desire communicate to God?
5. Have a volunteer read 2 Samuel 7:8-16 - Why do you think God tells His people of Jesus’ coming centuries before His arrival?
6. What does your desire for more teach you about your attitude toward God? How can you learn to be content with what God has given you?
7. How does living under the lordship of Jesus change the way you relate to the world around you on a daily basis?
The gospel teaches us that we are more sinful than we ever dared imagine. All people are alike in their rejection of God, yet in His grace God used the people’s sinful desire to have a king to point them to the perfect and true coming king through His servant David—Jesus the Messiah.
Throughout Scripture, we read many texts that point to Jesus as the fulfillment of this covenant promise. For the people of Israel, this promise was one they could put their hope in when they struggled to understand God’s plans for them and the oppression they continually faced as His people. The same remains true for us, as we cling to the promise that Jesus will one day return to fully and finally establish His kingdom here on earth.
Praise God for the coming kingdom and the coming King. Pray that He would give you a desire for this King and His kingdom in your heart, that you would live every day eagerly awaiting the joy that is to come when He comes and brings the kingdom to us in its fullness.