We began our study with an examination of the first of four things God wants us to know about choosing our leaders and leadership itself.
The first of these, the character God requires, we covered fully in Part One.
Now we look at the 3 remaining points:
Did you know that God will allow you to choose against His will? He certainly allowed Israel to do that.
The Choice God Respects
1. Turn to Hosea 8:4. Fill in some significant words:
3 Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him.
4 They have set up _________, but not by Me: they have made __________, and I _______ it _____: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off.
God gave the people of Hosea’s time the ability to choose against God’s will. That’s the reason we say, “We get the kind of leadership we deserve.” Wicked rulers are God’s reward for wicked people.
In verse 4, what else appears to follow their desire for their own ruler on their own terms?
2. Turn to 1 Samuel chapter 8. Proof that God will allow people to choose against His will is found in 1 Samuel chapter 8. You probably remember this event. The people of Israel wanted a king, not God, ruling over them. Samuel, God’s prophet, said, “You don’t need a king right now.” They said, “Oh, we want a king.”
Samuel had no desire to anoint a king for them at that time.
6 But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed unto the Lord.
But God spoke to Samuel:
7 And the Lord said unto Samuel, “Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not _______________ thee, but they have _______________ ____, that I should not reign over them.
No wonder Samuel was so disgusted.
Behind the people’s desire for an earthly king, what were they really doing (v. 7)?
8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have _____________ Me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee [Samuel].
3. Clearly, Samuel is frustrated and angry with the people. How does God explain to Samuel what they are doing to him (Samuel)?
That must have been, in some measure, a comfort and a validation for Samuel. Like Moses before him, Samuel must have had great hopes for the future of God’s people and that they would choose wisely. The book of Deuteronomy is filled with Moses’ last exhortations and warnings to the people. As he bid them goodbye, he implored them to make wise choices and stay true to all God commanded.
4. Notice God’s decision here regarding the people’s desire for a king:
9 Now therefore _______________ unto their voice:
Yet He wants Samuel to impress upon them the danger.
howbeit yet _____________ solemnly unto them, and _______ them the_____________ of the king that shall reign over them.
5. If you have ever tried to warn a stubborn, determined person not to do something foolish, yet they wouldn’t listen to you, you have an idea what Samuel was feeling. Anyone who is the parent of a teenager has been here.
But the mistake they were making was one that impacted an entire nation and ultimately resulted in the deaths of many—including, in the end, that anointed king they insisted upon.
See 1 Samuel 31:4. Just 23 chapters later, what happened?
6. Obediently Samuel does as God instructs.
10 And Samuel told all the words of the Lord unto the people that asked of him a king.
11 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you:
..as he lists for them in verses 11 through 17 all the things a secular king is going to do to them—things they will not be happy about.
a. As he wraps up the list, Samuel says,
18 “And ye shall ______ _____ in that day because of your king which ye have chosen you. And the Lord will ____ _______ you in that day.”
19 Nevertheless the people _______________ to ______ the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;
b. Why did they want this so badly?
20a That we also _____ ___ _______ all the nations;
Every parent has heard their child say something like this.
In Israel’s case, they wanted “globalism;” to be like all the other nations around them.
Consider: when have the people of God ever been just like all the others around them? When they fell into apostasy and forsook God. The same is true today.
When the people of God look and act exactly like the world around them, having the same goals and heart’s desires—you may be sure they’ve been corrupted by the world system.
c. What else did they want?
20b and that our king may ___________ us, and ___ _____ _________ us, and ____________ our battles.
They said, “We don’t want God’s will. We’re going to choose,” and God allowed them to choose.
21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the Lord.
22 And the Lord said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, “Go ye every man unto his city.”
Samuel is saying, “Get out of my presence and go to your room. Every one of you.”
The Consequences God Reveals
What happens when wicked people choose wicked leaders? We began Part One with the text from Proverbs 29:2,
“When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice, but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
The choice is ours to rejoice or to weep. I wonder if we realize what desperate trouble we’re in. I wonder if as a nation we cannot understand that God has taken down the hedge of protection.
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE “HEDGE OF PROTECTION"
We did a study on what happens when God removes His hedge of protection around a nation. If you have not seen that study, you may find it here.
God is no longer protecting America. God has taken down His hedge of protection around our land because of our sin.
I wonder if rivers of tears, buckets of blood and oceans of sweat will be the price America will pay for choosing wrong leadership. Oh, that there might be a mighty spiritual awakening in America! Oh, that we might repent! Oh, that we might choose righteously and take the Word of God and see what God’s Word says about the standard for leadership!
The Control God Reserves
This is the blessed part. Don’t think that because wicked men make wicked choices and wicked rulers lead, that God has forsaken control. He has not.
6. Turn to Isaiah 40:21-25. The key verses regarding rulers are verses 23-24, but the passage is so majestic, let’s back up to verse 21:
21 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22 It is he [God] that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
23 That ______________ the _____________ to nothing; He maketh the ___________ of the earth as vanity.
24 Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and He shall also ______ ______ them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.
25 “To whom then will ye liken Me, or shall I be equal?” saith the Holy One.
Who is ultimately in control? God has the control to bring “princes” to nothing. God is still the King of kings.
7. Turn to Psalm 47:7-8.
7 For_____ is the ________ of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.
8 God _____________ over the heathen: God sitteth upon the ___________ of His _______________.
9 The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the ___________ of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted.
8. Turn back to Psalm 29:10. Not only is He King of all the earth as Psalm 47 says, but He is King forever.
10 The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth ______ _______________.
I will tell you this much about Almighty God: you didn’t vote Him in and you won’t vote Him out. You’ll never impeach Him.
9. Here is an important concept: Where God does not rule—even if we do not allow God to rule in America—God will still overrule.
Turn to Psalm 33:8-1.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
9 For He _________, and it was ________; He __________________ and it stood fast.
10 The Lord ___________ the counsel of the heathen to ___________: He ____________ the ____________ of the people of none effect.
11 The counsel of the Lord standeth _____________, the ______________ of His heart to all generations.
12 ______________ is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance.
In verses 9 and 10, there are 4 active verbs. He spoke, He commanded, He brings, and He makes. God is not inactive, nor is He passive.
10. Turn to Isaiah 14:26-27.
26 This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.
27 For the _______ of _________ hath ______________, and who shall disannul it? and _____ _________is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?
The ungodly people of this world, even ungodly presidents and kings and Supreme Court justices, cannot stop the hand of God any more than Pharaoh could stand against Moses in the Exodus, wicked as Pharaoh was.
11. God uses even ungodly kings. Turn to Proverbs 21:1
1 The king's heart is in the _________ of the _________, as the rivers of water: He _____________ it whithersoever ____ ______.
It doesn’t say a “good king.” It says, “The king.”
One day I had lunch with a saint who’s now in Heaven, Corrie Ten Boom, who had suffered such persecution under the Nazis in World War II. I decided I’d talk very little and listen a lot. One thing she said was, “There is no panic in Heaven, only plans.”
God reserves control. Jesus is King. He is King over all of the earth. He is King forever. And soon, one of these days, He will be sitting upon the throne of David when He comes again.
If you were to ask me, “Are you discouraged or encouraged? Are you an optimist or a pessimist?” I’m neither one; I’m a Bible believer. I know we’re in desperate trouble. But I know this also: that the Holy Trinity never meets in emergency session. And I know this: that God is still in control. And I know that with Jesus Christ as my King, no matter who gets elected in November, I have a hope and a future that’s steadfast and sure in the Lord Jesus Christ.
What Then Shall We Do?
Now having said all this, what should we do?
1. Prepare for revival.
2. Prepare for survival. Persecution and suffering may come. Teach your children that the future may not be like we have enjoyed in the past.
3. Prepare for His arrival.
He is coming. Jesus is coming. Our King is coming.
I don’t know who will be elected in November. But I’ll tell you, I look beyond that. My King is coming. His name is Jesus. I love Him with all of my heart. I want you to know Him, receive Him, and believe on Him, because He and He alone is worthy.
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