1 Samuel 12 – THE END OF AN ERA
A king (Saul) had been installed. Samuel, who was the last judge to rule over Israel before the monarchy began, is giving a farewell sermon to the Children of Israel.
MINISTRY REVIEWED – Vss. 1-5
Samuel establishes the integrity of his ministry.
MISTAKES REMEMBERED – Vss. 6-12
God had blessed Israel, but Israel rebelled, worshipping false Gods. Also Israel had asked for a king.
MONARCH RECEIVED – Vss. 13-15
They now had the king they desired. Obedience to the Lord under the new king was called for.
MOVEMENT REQUESTED – Vss. 16-19
It was the time of the wheat harvest, a time when it didn’t usually rain. Samuel requested in prayer that in rain to give credibility to his words that they were wrong in asking for a king. The request was answered and the people feared.
MERCY REASSURED – Vss. 20-25
Samuel assured the people that were not to fear but to faithfully follow the Lord.