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An Earthly King

Old Testament

A Sermon on 1 Samuel 12:12

And when you saw that Nahash the king of the Ammonites came against you, you said to me, ‘No, but a king shall reign over us,’ when the LORD your God was your king. (ESV)

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Do you battle temptations and trials daily? Do you feel afflicted by the opinions of the world? If so, you are in the same position as the Israelites in 1 Samuel 12:12. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaches us that it matters what you do in response to your situation. The Israelites did not respond correctly, rather they insisted on their own way. They wanted a king in order to be like the rest of the world. Dr. Lloyd-Jones teaches us that if we feel afflicted in our current state it is because we have forgotten the history of our salvation. Christian, do not forget the great privilege of being a child of the Lord! You have direct access to your Creator, and you have full forgiveness in Christ! You have a God who is not ashamed to call you his child! Do not succumb to the temptations of this world, but walk in gratitude for the gift of your Christianity and the great privileges you have in Christ!

Additional Scripture Translations

1 Samuel 12:12, New American Standard Bible

The King Confirmed

12But when you saw that Nahash the king of the sons of Ammon was coming against you, you said to me, ‘No, but a king shall reign over us!’ Yet the Lord your God was your king.

1 Samuel 12:12, King James Version

12And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the LORD your God was your king.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.