Jul 7, 2019. I Samuel 12:52-25, A King-sized Warning

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A KING-SIZED WARNING. I Samuel 12:51-25. 07/07/2019. #38.

1 Samuel 12:6-25 [New King James Version (NKJV)]

6 Then Samuel said to the people, “It is the Lord who raised up Moses and Aaron, and who brought your fathers up from the land of Egypt. 7 Now therefore, stand still, that I may reason with you before the Lord concerning all the righteous acts of the Lord which He did to you and your fathers: 8 When Jacob had gone into Egypt, and your fathers cried out to the Lord, then the Lord sent Moses and Aaron, who brought your fathers out of Egypt and made them dwell in this place. 9 And when they forgot the Lord their God, He sold them into the hand of Sisera, commander of the army of Hazor, into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab; and they fought against them. 10 Then they cried out to the Lord, and said, ‘We have sinned, because we have forsaken the Lord and served the Baals and Ashtoreths; but now deliver us from the hand of our enemies, and we will serve You.’ 11 And the Lord sent Jerubbaal, Bedan, Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side; and you dwelt in safety. 12 And when you saw that Nahash king of the Ammonites came against you, you said to me, ‘No, but a king shall reign over us,’ when the Lord your God was your king. 13 “Now therefore, here is the king whom you have chosen and whom you have desired. And take note, the Lord has set a king over you. 14 If you fear the Lord and serve Him and obey His voice, and do not rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then both you and the king who reigns over you will continue following the Lord your God. 15 However, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then the hand of the Lord will be against you, as it was against your fathers.

16 “Now therefore, stand and see this great thing which the Lord will do before your eyes: 17 Is today not the wheat harvest? I will call to the Lord, and He will send thunder and rain, that you may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which you have done in the sight of the Lord, in asking a king for yourselves.” 18 So Samuel called to the Lord, and the Lord sent thunder and rain that day; and all the people greatly feared the Lord and Samuel. 19 And all the people said to Samuel, “Pray for your servants to the Lord your God, that we may not die; for we have added to all our sins the evil of asking a king for ourselves.” 20 Then Samuel said to the people, “Do not fear. You have done all this wickedness; yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. 21 And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing. 22 For the Lord will not forsake His people, for His great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you His people. 23 Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way. 24 Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you. 25 But if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king.”

  1. Appointments
    1. Samuel continues his speech by summarizing the history of Israel up to his time
      1. Rehearsing the history of Israel is a common theme in many utterances by God’s servants (Moses, David in Psalms, Solomon, Steven, Paul)
      1. Shows Israel rebellion and God’s faithfulness
    1. Samuel states that God appointed leaders throughout their history to rescue 8- lead them (Moses, Joshua, Gideon [Jerubbaal], Deborah [Bedan], and Samuel}
      1. The leaders were righteous and faithfully served God and God’s purposes
      1. When God does the choosing of his own leaders, they serve both God 8: the people well
    1. The appointment of leaders was necessary due to the lack of understanding and obedience oi Israel
    1. In all of Israel’s history, they were not abandoned by God
  2. Patterns
    1. Samuel reminds Israel of their rebellious past
      1. They continually went after idols
      1. God had to continually punish them
    1. A pattern of rebellion, retribution by God, repentance, rescue, S: restoration set in
      1. Israel never stayed faithful for long
      1. After the terror of God’s judgment subsided Israel returned to following their own fleshly sins
    1. Types of repentance:
      1. Fear driven repentance—after being punished or severely threatened, there is a period of humility
        1. Ahab walked softly before the Lord for a time after Elijah warns him [1 Kings 21:27]
        1. Fear driven representation is only temporary-when the threat subsides old patterns return
        1. This is not true repentance
    1. Guilt driven repentance—an overwhelming sense of shame after doing an egregious act
      1. Driven by sorry, loss, and embarrassment
      1. Can lead to true repentance, but often leads to self—incriminating sorrow
      1. Repentance of spiritual conviction—having a change of heart, belief, and values that prevent any repeat of a violation of proper morality
  3. Warnings
    1. Once again Samuel chastises Israel for demanding a king [he labels it evil)
      1. The rejection of God violated Israel’s covenant
      1. There would be grave consequences for this act
    1. Samuel calls upon God to send thunder and rain
      1. The awesome storm strikes fear in the people
      1. They plead with Samuel to pray tor them
    1. Samuel states that he will pray for them, but he warns:
      1. They better stay true to Lord (power display]
      1. Do not turn aside from the Lord
      1. The Lord will sweep away both the king and the people if they pursue wickedness
    1. Only repentance of conviction will save Israel