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A. Compromise (1-8) | B. Consequences (9-18) | C. Insistent (19-22)
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Promise and DefeatThe study of 1 Samuel 8 provides great insight into why God’s people end up living in a less than ideal situation.

What about your life? Have you somehow compromised? Have you insisted on something and found out (or just now finding it out) that what you thought would be better became a cause for more concern?

A. Rejection of the Lord (1 Samuel 8:1-8)

  1. What did Samuel do when he got old (1 Samuel 8:1)? Why?

  2. How did the people respond to Samuel's decision to do this (1 Samuel 8:4-5)?

  3. What is one or two reasons that they did this (1 Samuel 8:2-3)?

  4. Why do you think Samuel was displeased with the people’s request for a king (1 Samuel 8:6)?

  5. How did Samuel deal with his disappointment with the people (1 Samuel 8:6)? How do you handle things when things do not go your way?

  6. Why else might have the elders requested Samuel for a king (1 Samuel 8:20)?

  7. Why was God displeased with the people’s request for a king? Also read Deuteronomy 17:14-20.

  8. Are you ever tempted by thinking the ways of the world are better than God’s? Give an example. What would be the consequences?

B. Consequences for One's Choices (1 Samuel 8:9-18)

  1. What were the two things the Lord told Samuel to do (8:9)?

  2. What did Samuel do starting in verse 11 (8:11-18)?

  3. Why did the Lord have Samuel tell the people about what the king would be like? (1 Samuel 8:9)

  4. List at least ten consequences to choosing a king (8:11-18).

  5. Which consequence would trouble you the most?

  6. List three situations that a person chooses the way of the world without fully thinking about the consequences (eg. sex before marriage - disease and broken relationships).

  7. Do you think that we can return back to God after choosing our foolish ways? Read 1 Samuel 8:18, 1 John 1:9 and respond. What would you recommend to a friend seeking to come back to the Lord?

C. Insistent on One's Own Ways (1 Samuel 8:19-22)

  1. How did the people respond to Samuel's listing of the heavy costs of having a king (8:19-20)?

  2. If having a king was so bad, why did the Lord permit them to have a king? (1 Samuel 8:9,22).

  3. What should a parent do when a child insists on having something that in the long run will cause problems?


Next -> Read the 1 Samuel 8 study to help find the answers or listen to the podcast.