1 Samuel Chapter 8

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1 Samuel 8

1And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.

2Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba.

3And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.

4Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,

5And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.

6But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.

7And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

8According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.

9Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.

10And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king.

11And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.

12And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.

13And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.

14And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.

15And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.

16And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.

17He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.

18And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.

19Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;

20That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.

21And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the LORD.

22And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.

37 thoughts on “1 Samuel Chapter 8

  1. Breaking Daddy’s Heart

    “for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.” vs 7

    The old saying goes, “Be careul what you ask for because you just might get it.” Well the people of Israel ask for a king, and they get one- but not before being warned exactly what a king will cost them, in attempt for Samuel to dissuade them (1 Sa 8:10-11). He knows that once the king they are asking for gains power, he might not rely on the Lord or take responsibility for his own actions. And why should he? He is the king! Still the people want to be like the pagan nations around them. Instead of being special and seperate unto the One and only God, they want to be similar to the world. So the Israelites enslave themselves to a (later down the line) wayward king, who will exact heavy taxes and require the services of their children -a king who might be unresponsive to God- instead of devoting themselves to the King of Kings, God, who cares intimately for them.

    God gave man free will since Adam and Eve, and since then his creation has continually reached out to him at some point rejected Him at others. When the podical son came home the father was delighted much like God would have been when his people turned to him after realizing they are doomed without him. After a little time passes by, they fall away again. The story never said the prodical son went off and did his own thing after he got the good treatment from his dad. No, and the Lord doesn’t call for us to run away from him once we are hooked onto Him. No carnal king can fill the shoes of our Holy God. Their is no replacement for God in any of our lives, therefore He will teach his people what happens to those who chose to put a man before him, he bring pain and not healing, sorrow and not joy, oppression and not abundance, but he does say that Saul will in fact conquer the Phillistines because he has heard their cry. Sometimes getting what you want, is nothing like getting what you need.

  2. When we get older we tend to get tired easier, require more rest, get boggled down with the weights of life (its human). Just because parents get older doesn’t mean that they are to become easier targets to run over. Neither should parents allow such behavior, (I know we don’t feel like, or want to put up with it) but discipline that child, God decrees it, he never said it was going to be “easy” but that He would be “there with you”. Yet just because we can take advantage of our parents or anyone else for that matter, does not mean that we should. In fact, we should not minipulate anyone, but instead become meek and turn the other check when they attack us. The enemy doesn’t want us disciplining our children, can’t you tell: the law can arrest a mother/father for whooping their kid in public, laws have become more laxed on punishments on juvenilles and much loss of respect for the parental figure has expanded world wide. I wonder if God was testing Samuel vs 5 “thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways” with the same issue Eli had 1 Sa 3:12 “Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.” Rebellious children! Samuel knew all to well what happens to those who take advantage of the position God gives, he was spoken to by God about Eli’s parental issues and issues that of his sons need to change. Yet they did not heed Gods warning, therefore he cursed Eli’s line of sons. I believe God wanted to show the way to resolve this issue with rebellious children 1st, not jump off into appointing kings.

  3. 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.

    Be very careful of wanting to be like everybody else. God said we should be set apart from the world. Now that does not mean that we don’t care about our family, friends, or people that are lost; but we should not desire to be like them. The words “I wish I could do this” or “I wish we could do that” should never utter out of our mouth. There is a reason we are like we are, set apart, a people after His own heart, obedient to Him & His word no matter the cost. Happiness in the Jewish culture is defined as being content with your status quo!! Not wanting to change your limits, it is ok to dream, fight for your dreams, reach your goals, but be content with the path being taken to that finish line.

    Samuel try to explain to them that what they wanted came at a great cost. The cost of slavery: 11And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.

    12And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.

    13And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.

    14And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.

    15And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.

    16And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.

    17He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.

    18And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.

    DO NOT BE STIFF PEOPLE!!! HEED THE WARNINGS OF YOUR SPIRITUAL LEADER!

  4. iLove to eat the Word for Breakfast

    The Love of Money

    3And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.

    These scriptures sum it up pretty good.
    (1 Timothy 6:6) But godliness with contentment is great gain.

    (1 Timothy 6:7) For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

    (1 Timothy 6:8) And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

    (1 Timothy 6:9) But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

    (1 Timothy 6:10) For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

    (1 Timothy 6:11) But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

    (1 Timothy 6:12) Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

    (1 Timothy 6:13) I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;

    (1 Timothy 6:14) That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

    (1 Timothy 6:15) Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

    (1 Timothy 6:16) Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

    (1 Timothy 6:17) Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

  5. 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.

    …but they have always had a King to fight their battles, and if they would have obeyed Him, he would have fought many more! How many times has God defeated their enemies for them, and yet they want a mere human to try to do the same thing?

    Josh 23:3
    And ye have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto all these nations because of you; for the LORD your God is he that hath fought for you.

    Besides, an earthly king does not have the capacity for as much love, mercy and compassion as God does – and they ( as well as I ) certainly need that!

    Lamentations 3:22
    It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

  6. the people cryed give use a king and God said ok but you are not going to like heres whats going to happen he is going to take everthing u got and make you slaves AGAIN and the stupid people say duh ok sounds good to me. it is very important to lesson to the man of GOD and not only to lesson but to OBEY . to many time do we say ok when God is telling use not to do something and put it in our back pocket to pick up later we need to lesson to the paster and fully obey the word of GOD

  7. The people of God did not know what they were getting themselves into.because they wanted to be like everyone else but God did not design them for that.As a result they would find out later it was better to do it Gods way. In our lives its better to be obedient to God and accept his ways then to rebel and be judged.

  8. The first folly I see is that Samuel did not reign in his sons. I know it is not easy when you get older.. But he should have guided his sons back to God. If he would have done this.. Possibly The people would not have sought a new king. It is so important to guide our children and to see that they are walking with God. He was not only thier father but King. He could have set things right. At least attempt. He got lost in his own reasoning that he was too old. With God as our strength age does not matter. Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever. Isaiah 40:29
    He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.If Samuel would have prayed for strength and to pray for guidance to help turn his children back to God. Maybe this could have been overted. Reminds me to be ever watchful of my children.To be diligent in thier teachings of God.

    So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be

    My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

  9. today’s youth are the people, they want to be like others that are not like them, to fit in. though the Lord does not like what we do he allows it. but when the day comes when we have dug ourselves into a deep hole, he will not hear us. the day when we travel to far from his path.

  10. Israel was basicaly telling samual that God wasnt gd enough. Having rejected Gods instruction before I can see where israel is headed. We cant be like everyone around us, I truely beleive that we should be different from the world. If we dress like the lost with short skirts and our backs out then how would they know we are servants of God. We are who we are which are children of God, be proud of having a father that loves u enough to convict ur heart and chasen u when needed. The gids of this world are of destruction bt our God is about salvation. Salvation sounds much better than destruction to me at any time. Thank u Jesus for loving me enough to keep me everyday, storm r rain, sunshine r pain, He is there and will nit leave us.

  11. 20That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.

    These people had peace from the Phillistines when they decided to serve God only and destroy their idols. God even stepped in on their behalf when the had repented & he gave Israela great victory. Now, we see them NOT willing to trust God to fight for them and instead they want a King (man)to lead them in battle. It looks like they had already turned back to idols and knew that God would not be for them, so they demanded a Kng, a man, who would not judge their spiritual state before leading them in war against an enemy. This King would judge there physical affairs / disputes only.

  12. A PASTORS HEARTBREAK

    6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.

    This entire chapter is about a Pastors breaking heart.

    His sons backslid.
    His peers were carnal and to the worldly systems.
    His followers rejected his warnings.

    Probably the most challenging and heartbreaking decision a Pastor has to witness is found in verse 7:

    7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, … for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

    When people reject GOD and his provision, counsel and law. When people reject GOD there is no other hope or direction that a Pastor can offer. Knowing the end of those that reject GOD at any level is heartbreaking.

    Pastors do not possess ALL the answers. However a Pastor that is walking with GOD is connected directly to the answer to ALL.

    iPray
    iWork
    iTrust

  13. 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.

    If the grass is greener on the other side just water your yard. Most likely that you think is better somewhere else is in reality the worst for you. And what you currently have is the very best . Choose the abundant life and don’t live beneath your privileges.

    John 10:10…….. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

  14. 8:3 But his sons did not walk in his ways.They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.
    —-I cover my children(Anthony,Max and Ashley) with health,prosperity, strength,understanding,wisdom, and a desire to walk,to love and long God;I bless my children and I cover them with the blood of Jesus,I declare that they are special treasure,chosen. Y God in Jesus. Name
    8:6 But when they said,”Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord.
    —– when we are in a conversation,and we do not like what the other person is saying,we do not agree with his point of vew,we ought to know to discern and do not argue back…
    —–like Samuel,let’s go to God and present the matter to him(he knows anyways)….talk about it…….

    • On verse 3 I said a prayer over my children,and that’s fine,but I just thought I also pray for myself….
      —–God, I repent. For I know that lately there has benn (weird feelings)in my heart,I DON’T ever,ever,ever want the world or my circumstances to rule my life,but YOU,you rule over my life,and my children’s life,and also (by faith) my husbands too. ……..and continue working in my heart that I may be able to be obedient to my Pastors guidance……..

  15. v7 ” For they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign
    over them.

    The people rejected JESUS.They belittle the
    source and said,” He is the son of the carpenter” that’s all he is.
    Thank GOD HE IS KING OF KINGS and LORD of LORDS!
    There’s a flag waving high for my KING is in residence in my heart.

    We must approach GOD with respect HE is our KING and also respect each other.
    The day we lose respect of the pulpit ministry
    and address our PASTOR as just old Mike or Michael ( forgive me pastor ) As they did JESUS “The son of a carpenter”) that’s all he is.
    We will lose the message because verse seven tells me it’s not the ministry we are rejecting
    but our KING .
    Never lose respect for GOD nor the leadership
    in our lives.
    iPray
    iObey
    iHonour THE KING!

  16. iLove to eat the Word for Lunch

    “Did You Notice”

    And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you:

    THIS WILL BE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF YOUR KING…

    he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. (1 Samuel 8:14, 15 KJV)

    He will take your tithe… How could he take something that was already given to God?

    If they had already paid their tithes, the King couldn’t have taken it… Well… I guess uncle Sam does…

  17. Part two
    v7″ For they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me that I should not reign over them.”

    Judas rejected JESUS for thirty pieces of silver. That was the price of a slave.
    Samuel warns the people that having a king means forced labour, taxation and loss of personal liberty.
    A slave to this world because the people rejected our KING JESUS
    When people leave the church their heart is out in the world out some where else. ( somebody always gets blamed.)
    Yes.. They still come to church clap and sing but the heart leaves before the body. Then the body simply joins the heart.
    Some people are just Pentecost in name only and not in heart.
    Get your heart back where your body is
    Don’t stick a dagger in GOD’S TRUTH
    but have a heart of a servant for
    THE kING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS!
    iPray
    iWork
    iRecieve my KING JESUS

  18. 1 Samuel 8:7
    And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

    The word rejected here is the word

    h3988. מאס mâ’as; a primitive root; to spurn; also (intransitively) to disappear: — abhor, cast away (off), contemn, despise, disdain, (become) loathe(some), melt away, refuse, reject, reprobate, x utterly, vile person. AV (76) – despise 25, refuse 9, reject 19, abhor 4, become loathsome 1, melt away 1, misc 17; I.to reject, despise, refuse A.(Qal) 1.to reject, refuse 2.to despise B.(Niphal) to be rejected

    The word reign is

    h4427. מל൚ mâlaḵ; a primitive root; to reign; inceptively, to ascend the throne; causatively, to induct into royalty; hence (by implication) to take counsel: — consult, x indeed, be (make, set a, set up) king, be (make) queen, (begin to, make to) reign(-ing), rule, x surely. AV (348) – reign 289, king 46, made 4, queen 2, consulted 1, indeed 1, make 1, rule 1, set 1, surely 1, set up 1; I.to be or become king or queen, reign

    There actions of idolatry, sinful lifestyles, and self will caused the Lord to reluctantly give them an earthly king. He warned them of what it would be like but they still wouldn’t listen.

    1 Samuel 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; 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.

    We are not supposed to be like the other nations. God is the one who fights our battles.

  19. v22 And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king.”

    Sometimes even in disobedience and out of HIS will. GOD still answers our prayers and stubbornness can be very costly.

    LORD help me to get close to your heart by
    prayer.Thank you , LORD for waiting for me.
    iPray
    iObey

  20. Many time what we ask for is not really what we need. In today’s chapter Samuel and the Lord both knew that what the people was asking for is not what they needed, but nevertheless the Lord harkened unto their desires and gave instructions to Samuel to give them a King to rule over them. Even when told what the king would do for them as a people trying to detour their mindset was not good enough.

    We should “prayerfully” weigh the things that we ask of the Lord by the plum line of the word of God and see if it be good for our spiritual walk with God. Only what is done for Christ will last and if we ask for something that will distract us or detour us from God’s purpose and plan for our lives, He may give it to us just for a test, and we may or may not pass the test. Many times I have seen people pray for a better job or to be financailly blessed by certain situations, and God honored their request and then they backslide because their new job kept them from church/praying/blogging or God blessed them so financially that now they no longer felt it necessary to pay thithing and they lost out with their relationship with God because of stinginess.

    Lord help us to be sensitive in these last days and hours that we become not deceived by the requests and desires of our own hearts.

  21. God just isn’t good enough for some people. They either have to have a gold idol that they can see or a man they can look up to. The one and only invisible God is not something that a human mind cannot grasp. Maybe that is why Jesus came down in bodily form to save us.

  22. 20That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.

    People see us as that we are the weird ones, because we listen to an unseen God. This is what happened to Isreal. They tried other things to fill a God sized void in their lives, that what they didn’t realize is that it was God that they needed. We say we dont want to be like the world, and yet we do so many things that the world does. I am very thankful that my parents taught me at a young age to live apart from the world. Do we think that God does not see what we do in our lives, and we think that we can get away from it? Be not deceived, God is not mocked! We serve a living and awesome God that died for our sins so we might live.

  23. V.19-20. But the people wouldn’t listen to Samuel. “NO”! they said. “We will have a king to rule us! Then we’ll be just like the other nations our king will rule us& lead us and fight our battles. The Creator of our being desires to communicate with us, desires true intimacy with us, and desires to fulfill his purpose in our lives! Why be like other nations?! 2 Cor 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the LORD, and touch not the unclean: and I will receive you. Eventually a lesson will be learned!

  24. 7. And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

    We hear it all the time, people are not rejecting us but they are rejecting God but as humans it still hurts that they will not go the right way.

    We were designed to love people and it hurts to see them go the wrong way. Yet we can not allow this to hinder us sometimes you have to allow them to fall into the pit, just be there when they are ready to get out.

  25. This chapter is sad and shame. They did not know what they asking, but they wanted to be as the nations. Samuel as a lider they felt the rejection to his Lord, but he did not answer In his flesh, he went to ask to his God, after that he made a reaction or answer. I need to pray to pray before act.Amen!

  26. 7And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

    in the new testiment Jesus tells us this too. As the church we are to tell the lost of God’s love and to help others grow so that we can reach as many souls for Christ as we can.

    I have talked with several and one thing that i continually find hard to swallow is, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink…

  27. Nothing should ever sit on the throne of our life.
    God should be King in our lives, no man, group or organization should rule in our lives.

  28. 5And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.

    7and the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
    This reminds me of the verse speaking about serving 2 masters. It can’t be done, u will either hate the one and love the other or cling to the one and despise the other. Here israel wanted an earthly king more than they wanted God the King of kings. They were even willing to suffer the consequences that would come with the reign of a man in their life. The isrealites rejected God because they wanted to be like the other nations. The other nations who didn’t answer to the one true living God but rather made their gods. The other nations that the Lord disapproved of. The other nations who feared the one true Gods power. But it didn’t matter to them. They couldn’t see how blessed they were, they were blinded by the allure of the world instead of seeing the riches of God. Sounds much like common backsliding stories, we must keep the reality of God and the world alive in our minds, our children’s, and others around us. God=life. The world=death.

  29. 19Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;

    20That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.

    We must watch our motive.

    The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9 KJV)

    We must walk closely with God and allow Him to speak into our lives to help us. The children of Israel thought they wanted one thing and God gave them what they insisted on despite His warning against it. One can imagine how things might have been different had they listened and not simply rejected Him.

    Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. (Psalm 37:4 KJV)

    Our delight should be foremost in God. I have heard this verse preached/taught two different ways and in what I’ve seen I believe both to be true: when we delight ourselves in God, 1) God will give us what we desire, & 2) God will put in our heart the desires that are there. Sometimes we truly desire one thing, but if we got what we thought we wanted we would be disappointed. However, I believe if we will allow Him to, God can place in our hearts desires pleasing to Him that will allow Him to bless us in ways that truly fulfill our desires in a way we never could have come up with on our own. Sometimes we get ourselves set on something, but God can flip our thinking and heart’s desires upside down and reveal to us amazing blessing in something we may have originally thought we didn’t want. It’s amazing what can happen when we stop telling God what to do and instead let Him be God in our lives.

    Jesus is too big for us to try to figure Him out, our minds are too limited. It comes down to relationship, to trust and obedience even if we don’t understand. God’s love for us is beyond our comprehension, sometimes all we have left to do is just close our eyes, take His hand, and walk by faith, trusting He has our best in mind.

  30. This chapter illustrates self-gratification. “And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.” Before we seek change we should pray about the situation (s) and weigh the outcome, for the end result may not be what we really want (The grass is seldom greener on the other side). May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  31. Verse 6 in the NLT reads…”Samuel was displeased with their request and went to the Lord for guidance.” The beginning of this chapter shows how important it is to seek counsel from the Lord first.

    Verses 19-20 say…”But the people refused to listen to Samuel’s warning. “Even so, we still want a king,” they said. “We want to be like the nations around us. Our king will judge us and lead us into battle.” This reminds me of how we as parents try to warn our children or youth in general to take the correct path, as we have already been there and done that. Unfortunately, just like Israel, many do not heed the warnings of their elders.

  32. 7And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

    If God has one thing for your life and you choose something else you can negatively effect yourself. God knows better than we know. God even has people that will tell you His will. In the case of the Israelites it was Samuel. Even with Samuel being the messenger they still did not listen to Samuel or God. Instead they insisted in not being separated, but to be like everyone else. They knew it would be a hardship, but they decided to have a king anyway.

    19Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;

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