Samuel told the people who were asking him for a king how a king treats you…A king will make soldiers of your children…A king will take your best fields, vineyards, and olive groves…You will become slaves. And when that time comes, you will complain bitterly because of your king, whom you chose.
Questions for Life Groups
- Read Samuel 8:4-22. What thoughts and images come to mind as you read this text? In what ways is a democracy a contrast to kingship / dictatorship? How are they similar? In what ways does this prophecy remind you of our current political landscape?
- Read this week’s articles titled America’s dream. What are your hopes for the future? In what ways have you achieved or failed to achieve your version of the American dream? What are some of the things that helped you? What are some of the obstacles you’re facing that keep you from realizing your dreams?
- How can the members of your group help you this week and on-going to help you to be more receptive to hearing and understanding the Word of God? Pray for each other to have the Holy Spirit bless you with more courage.