1 Samuel 8:1-9:27
I Samuel 8:3 – Wasn’t this the issue with Eli’s kids? Sadly this happened to Billy Sunday’s children as well. From Rick Grubbs:
“Billy Sunday was the most famous and successful evangelist of the early 1900’s. He was a flamboyant professional baseball player who met Christ at Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago. Within a few years he had formed a very successful crusade team which captured media attention all over the country. He is remembered as a colorful preacher who not only led multitudes to Christ, but also led the fight against ending prohibition. Billy Sunday would be considered a success by almost any standard. Yet he lamented, “The great tragedy of my life is that though I have led thousands to Christ, my own sons are not saved.” Indeed his sons mocked their father’s ministry and were drunks with horrible family lives, one of whom ended his life by suicide. It was the practice of the Sundays to leave their children in the care of a nanny while they pursued their ministry. Maybe we should note that fact as we discern what truly is redeeming the time. “
I Samuel 8:5 – As prophesied in Deuteronomy 17:14
I Samuel 8:15 – A king that only took 10% of our vineyards and sheep? Our kings take 31%.
I Samuel 9:16 – Even though Saul would sin greatly, he was still sent by God and anointed.
John 6:41 – Relying on human logic, the people searched for Jesus. Jesus said you just want another earthly dinner – get an eternal dinner! They want works of God – Jesus says just believe on me. They want a sign (more dinner), He discourages them by saying they don’t believe. At the end they refuse to believe He is from heaven, because they still rely on human logic.
Psalm 106:37 – Speaking of unbelieving people, this verse tells us where sin leads to: sacrificing their sons and daughters to idols. But note Psalm 106:43 – Many times did he deliver them! Why? Because of the multitude of His mercies (Psalm 106:45). Let us rejoice with the Psalmist and say Amen, Hallelujah (English: Praise ye the LORD!) (Psalm 106:48).
Proverbs 14:35 – We’ve seen today what sin does to a people. And the Israelites are not the only people to slaughter their children… over 60 million since Roe v. Wade.
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