Sermon Passage: 1 Samuel 10:17-27
Sermon Title: Long Live the King
Sermon By: Pastor Davy (Youth)
In this last episode of three account of Saul becoming the king of Israel, we see the whole tribes of Israel gathered together by Samuel to choose a king for Israel.
At the beginning of this event, with the whole nation gathered and excited to see who the first king will be, Samuel opens up the ceremony by reminding Israel of the great sin that they committed. They have rejected their true King. They have rejected YHWH and that is why they have gathered at this place. It’s not because they have earned a great king as a nation. This is not a favor of YHWH. It’s a cause of their sin.
During the ceremony, Saul is chosen by lot to be the first king of Israel. But ironically, he is nowhere to be found. And instead of sending a search party or asking around the tribe of Benjamin for his whereabouts, Israel consults God for the whereabouts for their king. After having rejected God as their king, and after having received a human king from YHWH, they prove how dependent they still are on YHWH. They can’t even find the king that they asked for without YHWH.
Then Samuel reminds the nation once again that even though they now have a King, this king must and is inevitably still under the laws and commandments of God. Samuel is desperate to remind the Israelites that their true king is God. He is desperate to point God’s people back to him.
Are we rejecting our King as well? Are we rejecting our Creator?