Demand For The
Monarchy. (1 Samuel
8:1-5): 

  • Samuel became the next judge of Israel
    after Eli’s death. 
  • When he became old, he made his sons (Joel and Abijah) judges
    in Israel, 
  • These children judged Israel from Beersheba to Dan. 
  • Unfortunately, they did not walk in the ways of the Lord as their father did. 
  • They took bribes and perverted justice. 
  • This made Israel lose confidence
    in them and, therefore, asked for a king 
  • They said to him ‘Behold you are
    old and your sons do not walk in your ways’, 
  • Then, Israel felt like
    having a king to govern her as the other nations around her. 
Consequences
of The King’s Disobedience to God (1 Sam. 15:1-25; 1 Sam. 31:1-13):
 
  1. Saul became disobedient when he spared kingAgag of Amalekand the best of
    livestock. 
  2. This disobedience caused Saul the kingdom as Samuel quickly
    announced his rejection by God as king over Israel, 
  3. As a result of this
    disobedience, the spirit of the Lord departed from Saul and an evil spirit
    started haunting him.
  4. Music was needed to soothe Saul anytime the torments
    started; hence, the employment of David to play the lyre to relieve him. 
  5. The worst evil came to Saul when he and his three sons were killed in a war
    against the Philistines at Mount Gilboa. 
  6. The Philistines placed his head
    and armour in the temple of their God, and displayed his body on the wall of
    Bethsham for the public,