Thank you everyone who has been participating in our 28 day reading challenge of 1 and 2 Samuel. There has been great feedback and thoughts given on the passages and I have learned a lot from those of you who have posted. Also, those of you who read, but don't post, feel free to get on periodically and make a comment. We would love to hear your feedback. Don't forget, we will take a break on Saturday and Sunday and then resume on Monday.
Today's reading 1 Samuel 7-8
The irony of these two chapters is fascinating. In Chapter 7 Israel repents of her ways and resubmits herself before the LORD. In doing so, the LORD'S favor is given and they defeat the Philistines and experience peace in their land. I love when Samuel says, "Determine to obey only the LORD; then he will rescue you from the Philistines.(7:3 NLT) "However, once again, a man of God's sons becomes the downfall of the nation. Except this time, Israel wants a king! Then some of the saddest words uttered in Scripture by God, "Do as they say, for it is me they are rejecting, not you. (8:7 NLT)" Regardless of the warnings about how a king would rule them, they were stuck in their idea of what was best for them. How often do we do the exact same thing?
My takeaway: God loves us continuously and receives us back when we repent (Ch. 7), but we often reject this compassionate grace and mercy and still choose our own ways (Ch. 8). God loves us so much, that he will let us choose our demise if that is what we choose. We were created for no king but YHWH, but we too often reject him as our king.
How about you? What things stood out to you? What questions did it raise?