DO NOT RESIST GOD
Updated: Mar 19
1 Sam 8:19-20 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us. That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.
Insight and Highlight Job 9:4 God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has resisted Him and prospered? Scripture Commentaries Israel became God's people by covenant, election, and by grace. In spite of their backsliding, they remain God's people. Isaiah 66: 1 says they are "set as a sign". 1 Sam 8: 1-22 gives us narratives of Israel's rebellion against God. The chapter tells us God did not want them to be like other nations, He wanted theocracy for Israel, He wanted to be their God as He had promised.
Under God's rule, He makes the choice, we follow. However, the people rebelled against Samuel and God took it personally. Any act of rebellion against God's chosen is against God, ref 1 Sam 8:7, Numb 12, Acts 9:4-5. There was more. God told Samuel to tell the people the manner of the king they will have. Yet the people refused to say in 1 Sam 8:20 That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles. This word of Samuel pronounced ahead of Saul's reign was most fulfilled in the days of David.
God gave them a king as they requested. As they said, a king who would “go out before us and fight our battles.” However, we are told in 2 Sam 11:1, when it was the time of the year “when kings go out to battle", David remained in Jerusalem. David is now relying on others to do his work. What follows happens very quickly. David remains at home while his soldiers go to fight his battles. He lusted and fell into adultery. Samuel’s warning is fulfilled. The consequences are deep and long-lasting. Samuel warned that the king would take and take, Saul took innocent lives, David took lives, wives, etc.
The people lived to regret their rebellion. Nations less powerful dominated them They had favor with God, but the enemies came at different times to plunder their riches and took them captives, Judges 6:3.
The noteworthy lesson is that: any rebellion against God or His anointed will have its deadly consequences. It is a matter of time. Remorse corner Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. Call to Word action 2 Chron 36:16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy. The Christian clarion duty Domesticated animals know their owners but God's people fail to acknowledge God. when they rebel. God lamented over His people: Isaiah 1:3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. Prayer Lord, help me. Do not let me resist Your Sovereignty over me, in Jesus name. Good morning all and have a blessed day, today. God bless you.