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The last line in the book of Judges shows us the state in which the nation of Israel is at in this point in history.
The people are doing what they want.
Israel has turned to idol worship and have turned their back on God.
The Philistines are oppressing the nation of Israel.
They stole the ark of God.
The People Ask for a King
Because of the oppression of the Philistines, the people grow frustrated and long for deliverance from the oppression.
Samuel is the elder judge at the time, he has been a good leader and the people have looked to him for leadership.
But the oppression of the philistines is to much, and Samuel is getting old.
His sons have taken over and they are not the same as Samuel.
4. The people want a King, so God gives them what they want.
Notice though it comes with a warning.
The People Get the King They Wanted
God Accommodates the People.
The people are looking for a worldly King, a King that looks the part, a king that will lead them into war against the Philistines.
The problem is God was suppose to be their king, as they are rejecting His leadership through Samuel.
This is a great example of God accommodating the people.
God does this sometimes, he gives us what we want even though it’s not the right thing.
We are being selfish, yet God lets us be that way and works with us.
The People Chose a King.
The people chose Saul as their King, which makes perfect sense.
Saul looks the part, in chapters 9 and 10 we are told he is literally a head taller then everyone.
He is a warrior, who looks like a king.
The translation of the original Hebrew word is “Geboha” which literally means tall.
The Kind of King God Wants.
4. God wants a king with a torah heart.
A transformed king.
a. Saul is not that transformed king, soon after he begins his reign, Saul goes against God by taking things into his own hands.
Saul makes an unlawful sacrifice, that angers God.
So God rejects the worldly king, and send Samuel out to find the new king.
The king that God wants.
The king with a torah heart.
David Chosen As King
After Samuel rejects Jesse’s sons, he asks for the son who is out in the field tending the sheep.
Jesse’s youngest son, David.
When David arrived God told Samuel that this was the next King.
David goes on to be the king with a Torah heart.
He makes many mistakes, but always repents and turns his life over to God.
He became the greatest King Israel has ever had.
Notice the difference is how Saul became King, at the request of the people.
And notice how David became King.
The people looked at the outward appearance of Saul and assumed he was the king they wanted.
Yet God choose a king for his heart, his character.
And God blessed the reign of that King.
We Can’t Always Get What We Want
1. Often What We Want is Rooted in Selfishness.
If we follow the temptations of the world we end up making wrong decisions that we regret.
Because the decision is based on what we want, not on what God wants.
2. If We Line Our Hearts Up with God We Make Better Decisions.
Our decisions in life need to be made through the guiding of the Holy Spirit, not our wants.
We should be praying for God’s will in our lives, not our will be done.
If we look past the Surface, we can see what God wants.
Our measure is Jesus, who he was and how he was with others.
If your asking the question, “How do I line my heart with God’s”? the answer is simple.
Follow the lead of Jesus.
How did Jesus make decisions?
He made them on his knees!
Big Idea: What we want is often not in line with what God wants.
It is often more in line with the world.
To change this we must focus our heart on Jesus, and let the Holy Spirit guide our desires.
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