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"Quest for a King" (1 Samuel)

If there's one thing that is valued in western culture more than other things, it's personal freedom. 'What gives you the right to tell me what to think or what to do?' 'Who made you the boss of me?' That's not unlike how things were in Israel's history at the very end of the book of Judges: 'everyone did as they saw fit.' Actually that's not the whole verse - it reads like this: 'In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.' If you know anything about the book of Judges, you'll know such conditions made for a nasty, ugly world.

In the Hebrew Bible, the very next thing you read is the book of 1 Samuel. The story in 1 and 2 Samuel (in the Hebrew Bible, they're one book), is the solution to the problem at the end of Judges. The book of Samuel starts with no king but ends with a king. However we discover in this book that Israel's problem wasn't actually the absence of a king - it was their failure to acknowledge God as their king. In this sermon series we'll trace God's provision of a king...a king who would point forward to the True King, the one to whom all of us owe allegiance and whose reign brings flourishing and life.