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The text for this lesson is 1 Samuel 8–10; 11:12–15

Key Point

  • Though God lets us have our own way at times, His is the way of forgiving and saving, which He did for His people of old and does for us today.
  • Law: I desire all the wrong things, I crave that which will ultimately kill me, and I suffer the consequences of sin.
  • Gospel: God the Father forgives my faults and sustains my hopes, for in Christ, I am His child, beloved beyond words.

Discussion Points

  1. When have you felt rejected? How did you respond? How did that affect your relationship with the person who refused you?
  2. Read 1 Samuel 8:1–10. Why does Israel want a king? Why is Samuel opposed to this?
  3. Read 1 Samuel 9:27–10:9. How does God assure Saul that Samuel’s words to him are true and prepare him for becoming king?
  4. Read 1 Samuel 10:17–27. How does Samuel demonstrate to the people that Saul is God’s choice for king, not just Samuel’s? How does Saul react to his calling?
  5. Read 1 Samuel 11:1–15. How does Saul earn the respect of his subjects? Whom does he credit with the victory?
  6. In 1 Samuel 10:19, the prophet plainly announced that in their desire for a king, Israel had rejected God. How did God react to this rejection? How does this illustrate 2 Timothy 2:11–13? Where is God’s faithful love for us most apparent? How does this truth comfort us?


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