Samuel judges Israel, but as he grows old, Israel demands a king to rule over them.
- Heart for God – Elkanah, Hannah, and Samuel have all shown a heart for God. Now Samuel tells the people: “direct your heart to the LORD and serve him only” (7:3). Have you directed your heart to the Lord? Is your heart still with the Lord or has it wandered after other things? Is your heart for God leading you to serve him?
- “Like all the nations” – Twice Israel gives the reason they want a king – so they can be like the other nations (8:5, 20). Rather than be distinct as God’s people, they want to be like those around them. Why do you do what you do? To live for God or to be like those around you?