1. At the beginning of the discussion, Dr. Tackett establishes the point that the state, like an individual private citizen, is capable of stealing, murdering, and committing crimes. why is this concept so important? What are the deeper implications for the nature and design of the state?
2. What is law? Where does it come from? How is it supposed to function?
3. What did Abraham Kuyper mean by the term "sphere sovereignty?" How does the story of King Uzziah (2 Chronicles 26) illustrate the importance of this concept? Why is it so vital to our understanding of the role of the state today?
4. God permitted Israel to establish a monarchy, but warned the people that they would later regret it. Why did God say that they had rejected Him from being their king? How else might they have dealt with the problem of Samuels corrupt sons?
5. Jesus said, "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's" (Matthew 22:21). What connection do you see between this passage and the situation described in 1 Samuel 8?