May 7: God’s Unique Relationship with Israel

1 Samuel 8:4-8

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”

But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, 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 to this day—with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also.

How much Israel’s decision must have hurt the heart of God.  In His grace and mercy He continues to woo Israel back to Himself.  In fact, all of Israel’s problems today stems from this decision; they will NEVER be like any other nation.

PRAY THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF ISRAEL WILL RETURN TO GOD AS THEIR LEADER.

A standing stone at the small valley between Gerizim and Ebal. Again, this is in Shechem (Jacob's well), not too far from the Samaritan village of Sychar. Abraham built an altar here.
A standing stone at the small valley between Gerizim and Ebal. Again, this is in Shechem (Jacob’s well), not too far from the Samaritan village of Sychar. Abraham built an altar here.

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