Passage: 1 Samuel 8

Join us as our lead pastor, Jonathan Brooks, teaches on 1 Samuel 8. This chapter is a roller coaster ride. The highs are high and the lows are really low.

Chapter 1 and the start of chapter 2 seem like we are at the top of a hill. But then, we learn about the wickedness of Hophni and Phineas and we head down a depressing and tragic low. Then God brings victory on his own against the Philistines when the ark of God is among them in chapter 5. When it returns to Israel in chapter 6 we find that they are still living in disobedience to the Lord, Then, in chapter 7 God brings them Samuel who faithfully leads them to victory and deliverance from the Philistines. But, no sooner than Samuel seems to be approaching the end of his life, the people rebel once again.

This reminds us that walking faithfully with Christ is not a one day, one week, one year, or even one decade endeavor. It is a lifetime of pursuing faithfulness. That is why Hebrews 10:36 tells us that “we have need of endurance”. 1 Samuel 8 warns us about the dangers of complacency and the path that leads to sin and disobedience.

  1. God’s Faithfulness Forgotten (1-8)
  2. Gracious Warning Ignored (9-18)
  3. Sovereign King Rejected (19-22)