1 Samuel 12

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read 1 Samuel 12

Overview.

Samuel’s Farewell Speech.

Samuel became old and gray, and he made farewell address to the Israelites. 

He begins defensively making the people acknowledge the integrity of his years of leadership, reminding them that he has fulfilled the request for a king.

Samuel’s speech recounts Israel’s history, witnessing to God who got their ancestors out of Egypt, and Israel’s many failures before the Lord and repeats the covenant God made and their failures to keep it.

Samuel’s speech delivers the message against kingship, although he anointed a king by the request of the people. And he asks his people to follow their king, the king they asked for and the king they chose, and the king the Lord set for them. At the same time, Samuel warn his people of not to neglect to obey the Lord. “Thunder,” during the harvest time was unusual in Israel, and Samuel asks God for it to show his favor with God.

In fear, the people acknowledge that their request for a king was wrong, but they do not revoke it. Samuel, after his conviction of his desire, promises the Israelites of his continued service and warns them against faithlessness and idolatry.

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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