1 Samuel 8:6-9

 

1 Samuel 8:6, “But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.”  Displeased in Hebrew is made of 2 words, yara which means a state of terror, to tremble or quiver and ayin which speaks of eyes or eyesight.  Samuel was bothered extremely when they said to give them a king.  It was so terrible that it made Samuel to have trembling eyes as if to weep or be enraged.  Their response took him so by surprise and so hurt him that he could not answer right away.  He had to go pray and seek God for an answer.  No earthly wisdom could give him the correct answer.  No earthly strength could hold back his rage and tears, only God.  Samuel was very wise and had tremendous faith, yet he felt devastated when his own people rejected him.  It is not unusual when a man or woman of God is rejected by God’s people or by loved ones, to be hurt inside.  Even Jesus wept when those close to Him did not believe Him and understand that He had their best interest in mind.  John 11:32-34.  It is also not unusual for a man who is following  Christ closely to be rejected by Christians.  For a man of God, who is in God’s will, to be rejected by Christians is very hurtful.  It is often, as in the case of Samuel, that he is rejected for telling the truth or trying to help by showing an area in need of correction.  It is pride, arrogance and selfishness that cause this to happen.

1 Samuel 8:7-8, “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.  According 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.”  Hearken in Hebrew is shama which means to hear or to give undivided attention to.  The main idea is to perceive a message or to sense a sound.  Rejected in Hebrew is ma’as which means to melt away or dissolve, to follow or run out.  It is translated in Job as loathsome, in reference to the nature of Job’s sores.   Reign in Hebrew is malakh which means to be king, to rule or reign.  God comforts and teaches and instructs Samuel.  He tells Samuel to pay close attention to what the people are really saying.  Though it sounds like they are rejecting Samuel, if he listens closely, he will perceive that they are not really rejecting Samuel but instead are really rejecting God.  They have been looking for a reason to reject God and are just using Samuel and his sons as an excuse.  They do not want accountability.  They want to follow their own selfish desires and thoughts rather than submit to God.  They have rejected and forsaken God throughout their history.  They are doing the same now.  There are 2 things to learn here.  First, that those who reject the person living in God’s will and who represents God are actually rejecting God.  We should take comfort in this, knowing that they are not rejecting us.  It should be motivation for us to continue to live for Christ and to share our faith.  It should be good for self esteem because if they reject God and He is perfect, then there is no possible way that they would accept us.  There is less pressure to live to please people and more incentive to please God.  Second, many people who reject God and God’s people or cause problems in church have usually had their feelings and thoughts festering inside for a long time but just were looking for a reason to act out or reject.  It is very rarely a quick decision.  People who have been receiving projections usually have already decided in their hearts that they are going to leave and cause issues, well before they act.  It takes time before they actually reveal  it.

Those who attack people of God are moved and used by Satan.  It is pride and many thoughts that are allowed to take root and fester, cause malicious action to take place and cause much damage.

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