1 Samuel Chapter 12

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1 Samuel 12

1And Samuel said unto all Israel, Behold, I have hearkened unto your voice in all that ye said unto me, and have made a king over you.

2And now, behold, the king walketh before you: and I am old and grayheaded; and, behold, my sons are with you: and I have walked before you from my childhood unto this day.

3Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you.

4And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken ought of any man’s hand.

5And he said unto them, The LORD is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that ye have not found ought in my hand. And they answered, He is witness.

6And Samuel said unto the people, It is the LORD that advanced Moses and Aaron, and that brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt.

7Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the LORD of all the righteous acts of the LORD, which he did to you and to your fathers.

8When Jacob was come into Egypt, and your fathers cried unto the LORD, then the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, which brought forth your fathers out of Egypt, and made them dwell in this place.

9And when they forgat the LORD their God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them.

10And they cried unto the LORD, and said, We have sinned, because we have forsaken the LORD, and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth: but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee.

11And the LORD sent Jerubbaal, and Bedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and ye dwelled safe.

12And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the LORD your God was your king.

13Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you.

14If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your God:

15But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers.

16Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes.

17Is it not wheat harvest to day? I will call unto the LORD, and he shall send thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which ye have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking you a king.

18So Samuel called unto the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.

19And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the LORD thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.

20And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;

21And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.

22For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.

23Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:

24Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

25But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king.

43 thoughts on “1 Samuel Chapter 12

  1. God will not forsake HIS people…

    20And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;

    21And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.

    22For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.

    23Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:

    24Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

    25But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king.

    Even though the children of Israel did evil in God’s sight on several occasions, God will not forsake his people. When we go after those things that have no profit to us, it is vain. A true repentant heart is the key to obtain God’s favor.

    Samuel did not just pray for the people, but he told them he would teach the good and the right way. There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death (Proverbs 14:12). We, the children of God, must teach the right way to those around us. Prayer can change every situation, but we must take it a step further and show people what the will of God is.

    God has been good to all of us. The word of God says that it rains on the just and the unjust (Matt 5:45), so who wouldn’t want to serve a God like our God. We may not be able to help everybody, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try. Jesus is God and he will always be God.

  2. 8 When Jacob was come into Egypt, and your fathers cried unto the LORD, then the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, which brought forth your fathers out of Egypt, and made them dwell in this place.

    It is very important never to forget where God brought us out of, now make sure you do not dwell on it with condemnation, for that is not of God, but with conviction never return to it.

    20 And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;

    We are human after all, we make mistakes, we fall; but as the verse in Proverbs for today says:

    Prov 24:16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

    So you fall in your walk get up, it would be foolish to think that our Lord will not forgive you and have mercy for you. So ALWAYS rise up, ALWAYS look up for He never leaves you nor forsakes you!!!

  3. iLove to Eat the Word for Breakfast

    ” Is it a sin not to pray for your brothers and sisters?”

    23Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:

    *It is the will of God to pray for the Body of Christ
    *It is the will of God to teach people the good and right way.

    THANK YOU LORD FOR THE AWESOME WORD OF GOD

  4. only fear the lord and serve him in truth with all your heart for consider how great things he has done for you . dont ever forget the past where GOD has brought you from

  5. 23Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:

    The true heart of a pastor…

    24Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

    Such an easy statement, yet though the task be not too great, we struggle to do it…

  6. V 25
    As for him, he couldn’t stop praying for them to do so would have been SIN. This important statement shows that prayerlessness is SIN and not just careelessness.

  7. Samuel has been in service to Israel since an early youth. He stoops slightly after years of carrying the weight of government on his shoulders. He’s seen many things. He’s experience God in many ways. Now it is time for him to step down. A handsome, strong king, replaces a olden gray prophet. With this, a new civil government replaces a divine administration. The people rejoice, but Samuel’s heart is broken. I don’t blame Samuel for wanting to step down, if he hadn’t you know Saul was going to try and string him along through his mischievious ride, one Samuel wants no part of. Like a magnificent oak tree cut down, this ancient strength is dismissed in the name of progress. The prophet who spoke for God, on many ocassions, now reveals his own heart. “What have I done against you? What have I done to deserve this?” he asks. The people confirm his innocence, yet thier desire is to waver. At this moment, a king who will require everything (1 Sam 8:11) replaces a prophet who asked for nothing.

    • A handsome, strong king, replaces a olden gray prophet. With this, a new civil government replaces a divine administration.

      I was thinking this same thing. My thought was when divine appointment is overtaken by carnal desires. They would much rather have their own will than to stay in His will. Wow!

  8. iPray THAT I SIN NOT

    22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.
    23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:
    24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

    The incredible, undeniable call of MINISTRY is Prayer. In Samuel old age he remembers and reiterates the importance of Prayer.

    ***My advice to anyone considering MINISTRY, do not even approach MINISTRY until you possess an undeniable burden of PRAYER for others. Evaluate your PRAYER time; are praying for yourself or others?***

    In this historical reminiscing of Samuel about where and how the LORD brought HIS children out trouble every time they called on him and who GOD used to Lead them, Samuel reminds not only himself but also the children of Israel how important it is to continually serve the LORD and follow him as we pray for others.

    It is a sin for Spiritual Leaders not to pray for others.

    Revive the burden of Prayer in our hearts LORD, in JESUS name.

    iPray

  9. 9And when they forgat the LORD their God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them.

    I studied up on what they meant by he sold them into the hand of Sisera… it means that God’s abandonment of people of Israel to their foes is described under the figure of a sale, just as the deliverance of Israel is called redemption or buying back.
    Hazor, Philistines, and Moab were the three cheif oppressors of israel during the period of judges.

  10. What an incredible study! Reminds us to pray continuously for the people. Yes, we are all human and may trip or fall. Gods mercy and grace endurath forever. He will pick us up and forgive us. But it is we that lose our place like reading a book and lose our spot. We have to hunt it out to get back where we left off. Our progress in our walk gets hindered. They still had God offering the blessings but they needed to get back in the right spot to recieve it. Dear Lord I pray for brothers and sisters aswell as myself to keep our place and stay focused on you. Guard our hearts and minds from the outside influences and continue to love and serve you with all that we are for we are nothing without you! But can do everything through you! In Jesus name, Amen

  11. v19 NKJ And the people said to Samuel, “Pray for your servants to the Lord your God, that we may not die; for we have added to all our sins the evil of asking for a king.”

    We have added to all our sins….
    What a statement!
    Thank God through the blood of Jesus we don’t have to carry our sin around and let it “add up!”

    Heb 4:14 Seeing then we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, lest us hold fast our confession
    v15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses , but was in all points, tempted as we are but without sin.
    v 16 Let us therefore, come bodly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

    I John 1v9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just o forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

  12. And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all thine heart. Thankful for His mercy and grace!

  13. I like this Scripture a whole lot. I made a mistake yesterday I did something that was not according to God’s word. Do not do evil for evil, do not do something bad to something to someone that does something wrong to you. Instead forgive them and let God take care of it like it says in His word. Well it back-fired on me and now it makes me pay closely attention to His teachings.
    I will always be convicted from the Holy Ghost when I’m wrong. Thank you Lord for your word and being your servant. I will always thank you for your word and your correction.
    ipray to serve.

  14. I find it interesting how it is not until after Saul is crowned king that the people realize their sin when just a few chapters before Samuel warns them and they are blind to it. How often do we justify sin despite pastors warnings and then realize our mistake when it is too late? Israel would have to suffer more from this choice and live out the consequences despite repenting. Lord help me to heed the man of Gods words before my own will! The consequences of serving God is much better than the consequences of serving self.

  15. This chapter is another trip down memory lane for Israel. Samuel had to remind them again as verse 7 says…..”Now stand here quietly before the Lord as I remind you of all the great things the Lord has done for you and your ancestors.” Israel had forgotten that the Lord their God was already their king. We must never forget, always obey, and worship our God.

  16. iLove to Eat the Word for Lunch

    Bribery Blinds the Eyes

    … or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you.

    Samuel confessed he had NOT been blinded by bribes, but what about people who have taken bribes… And how deep and spiritual are bribes?

    – noun 1. anything given to persuade or influence – verb (used with object)bribedbribing 2. to give or influence by a bribe

    He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail. (Job 17:5 KJV)

  17. v24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

    The LORD is so merciful and so good that HE gives us warnings through HIS WORD, leaders, and servants.
    Jude v5-6. I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the LORD, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterwards destroyed them that believed not.
    v6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of that great day.

    As we see in this chapter Samuel had been a faithful seer, leader ands devoted servant.
    He warns the people not to forget who their
    TRUE KING WAS,IS, AND IS TO COME!

    Pr.23:19″ But be thou in the gets of the LORD all day long.”

    Let’s not ever forget what our GREAT GOD has done for us. We can always trust and depend in HIS strong arm.

    Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.
    v 25 To the only wise GOD our SAVIOR, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
    WE SERVE A GREAT LOVING GOD!

  18. The people of Israel in there ignorance have many times called upn the priest and prophets to anoited for them a King to ruile over them. God is a jealous God and wants no other gods before him. We should be very careful to put God before all men. We need to seek God ourselves for guidance. Not putttting our trust in kings, presidents, elders.{ for even Saul himself anoited by Samuel in his elder years began to lose faith and not seek Gods hand in his doings.}. God is displeased that His people want someone else in his stance. Jesus Only!!!

  19. Samuel in his old age and great wisdom is grieved because the people do not seem to understand what they asked for. A king is someone that rules over you a prophet is someone that sees and delivers a word from the King of Kings.

    King- man appointed
    Prophet- God appointed

    You can’t serve two kings at one time so why ask for a king? They asked because their perception of God was way off balance. When you let go of your own mind and see.things through the spirit, the need for other things besides the “King of Kings” vanishes. He’s all I need. He my doctor, lawyer, way maker, provider… The list is endless just put your trust in Him.

  20. 1 Samuel 12
    – thanksgiving
    -repentence
    -fear of the Lord
    -obedience
    -to walk in his ways
    -to love him
    And so much more……
    —-John 15:4 Remain in me,and I will remain in you,No branch can bear fruit by itself,it must remain in the vine neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
    THANFUL………
    (I will see the goodness of God in the land of the living,in Jesus mighty name,AMEN)
    God bless my friends…

  21. 20And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;

    We serve an awesome God. He is faithful and just to forgive us. I pray that when I repent that its not just to say that I repented ,but to say that I am truly sorry for what I did. As we see here, Isreal wanted to do what was right. God has been merciful in my life, and in my family’s as well. God is truly a just God. And His mercy endure forever.

  22. It was a shame that men had to have a king to watch over them and tell them what they could and could not do and to judge them instead of listening to God. But man is still the same today so the Lord gives us a pastor so we need to follow him and also pray for him to be led by God. And to give him strength and knowledge to lead us on the right path. I thank Jesus for Bro Watts for the strength he has to do and teach what is right instead of what the world is looking for. Thank you pastor for all you do for us.

  23. v13 ” Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired!”

    The Apostle Paul reminded the people that GOD’S high arm had brought them out of Egypt, destroyed seven nations, divided their land to them by lot, and gave them the gift of Samuel.
    After all that GOD had done for them they desired a king. Acts 13:21
    ( this was not the perfect will for Israel)
    It’s not in our struggles there is danger of letting down our defenses but it’s after the victory.
    We must not drop our defenses against the devil, but put our trust in GOD. The battle is the LORD’S. Rejoice !
    Many strong people cope with the aftermath of defeat. In JESUS NAME get up and try again.
    When GOD says something HE means what
    HE says.
    Verse 13 let’s us know if it’s not GOD’s Will lets not have it. If it’s not of GOD we don’t want it.
    We want the real thing and GOD has it for us.

    “If you believe” Mark
    Simply by faith as we approach the throne of GOD with enough reverence!
    HE CAN STILL DO IT!
    iBelieve
    iTrust
    iPray

  24. 20And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;

    21And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.

  25. H the things that we chase after. They are vain. Money, cars, better jobs, bigger houses… If we would just follow God and serve Him with all our heart, He would rule and reign over us. We would have everything we needed in Him.

  26. 19. And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the LORD thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.

    Pray unto the Lord THY God? This shows they feel disconnected from God as though He hasn’t been there, protecting and providing for them all this time. If He was not their God, He would not have loved them, provided for them and defeated their enemies for them time after time. I know that He has done so much more for me than I even realize and I am so thankful that He is MY GOD!

    Exodus 6:7
    And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

  27.  The establishment of Saul as King was not something that should have been a surprise to Israel.  

    In Deuteronomy 17 : 14-20 the Lord prepares Israel for what would eventually happen. His word speaks expressly to Israel and the king that would sit upon the throne.   Moses makes it clear to them what would cause the king’s days to be prolonged………

    Samuel was not a hireling and instructed both Israel and their new king in both the good and right way.  

    For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.   Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way.  Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.  But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king. -1 Samuel 12:22-25

    How quickly will Saul forget?

  28. i L O V E to eat the Word for Supper

    SERVE THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART

    (1 Samuel 12:18) So Samuel called unto the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.

    20And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;

    21And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.

    22For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.

    amazing scriptures, wish I had more time to comment.

  29. Samuel was so patient with the rebellious people but was quick to tell them they had done a wicked thing by asking for a King, then to backed himself up to the people when he prayed and God did what he asked! The people were astonished and seemed to repent-at least repent out of fear of God’s outpouring of thunder and rain!
    And in His mercy, God still chooses this people as his own-He just wants them to straighten up and act right! As parents we can identify with this love. We love our kids and when they mess up BIG time, we still love them, but are disappointed in them and want them to live right!

    His mercy endureth forever! Thank you Lord.

  30. 1 Sam.12 :24 Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

  31. And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart; And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain. For the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the Lord to make you his people. (1 Samuel 12:20-22 KJV)

    Vain idols can’t profit or deliver us today. Why put your trust in anything or anyone other than God. Praise the Lord for his mercy endureth for ever!

    Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them. O Israel, trust thou in the Lord: he is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord: he is their help and their shield. Ye that fear the Lord, trust in the Lord: he is their help and their shield. The Lord hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron. He will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great. The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children. Ye are blessed of the Lord which made heaven and earth. The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men. The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence. But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the Lord. (Psalm 115:4-18 KJV)

  32. Often times we make it alot harder than it really is in serving God. If we would just fear him and keep his commandments we wouldnt have to worry about the wrath of God upon our lives. Serve God with all your heart and be bless!

  33. Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you. (1 Samuel 12:24 KJV)

    Every now and then we must take a step back and remember what God has done for us. God shows Himself alive and reveals Himself to each of us in a way that is unique in our relationship to Him. It reminds me of Matthew 16:

    When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? (Matthew 16:13-15 KJV)

    Sometimes we must answer “who do we say He is?” Who is God to us? By remembering what He has done, we can refresh in our minds who He has revealed Himself to be to us.

    And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar–jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 16:16, 17 KJV)

    It’s like that song lyric, “you don’t know like I know what He’s done for me.” God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, but we each as individuals get to see God through the uniqueness of personal relationship. Nobody knows Him to be Healer exactly like I do, nobody knows Him to be Savior quite like I do, nobody knows Him to be Friend the same way I do, cause you don’t know like I know what He’s done for me. Like Bro Bower preached, our memory will serve us, we need to use it.

  34. We find in this chapter great words of wisdom to motivate and encourage the people, as Samuel is passing the batton to Saul, the King requested by the people.

    24Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

    If we can continually keep in front of our minds what God has done for us, this will help us stay focused and not become distracted so that we begin to do our own thing in the sight of the Lord.

  35. Vs 24-25 God will give us the desires of our hearts, but if we do not follow and obey his word, he will take it from us.

  36. Verse 20And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;
    22For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.

    Its amazing the Mercy that God shows to his people! Even though his people angred him by desiring a King He still allowed them to have what they wanted. God said if you will serve me, turn away from wickedness,and follow me I will not forsake you. God is so mercyful.

  37. This chapter illustrates duty. “Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.” Although we should feel obligated to serve the Lord, we are not forced. However there is coming another day of thunder, therefore we should make ourselves ready. May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

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