Tag: rejecting God as King
Scripture reading for March 18th: 1st Samuel 4-8
Samuel was judge over Israel for many years. When he grew old, he appointed his sons to take his place. The sons, however, were not walking with the Lord; they took bribes and perverted justice. The elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel with a request for a king to lead them. (1st Samuel 8:1-5) Upset, Samuel went to the Lord with their request. God was not shocked that they rejected Him as their King and instead wanted a human king. Knowing the trouble they would get into, He had Samuel warn them sternly!
Human kings enlist your sons and daughters to serve in their army and government. They tax the people to pay for the army and the luxuries that a king desires. It wouldn’t be long before the people would be his slaves and cry out because of the misery that they would experience. (1st Samuel 7:11-18) Samuel faithfully warned them about these consequences, but the people still demanded a king! They wanted to be like the other nations. They were tired of having God as their King!
Sometimes the worst judgment God gives us is what we want instead of what we really need. God let them have their way. In fact God had already prepared Moses for this demand by giving instructions to him for the people. (Deuteronomy 17:14-20) The king was to be from their own brothers and not a foreigner. The king was to be chosen by God, not by popularity of men. The king was not to have large numbers of horses or take many wives. He was never to take the Israelites back to Egypt again. He was not to have large quantities of silver and gold. These things tend to lead the heart of the king astray.
The king was also to take a scroll and write for himself a copy of God’s law. He was to keep it with him and read it all the days of his life. The purpose was to fear God and obey his commands carefully, not considering himself better than his brothers because of his position. The king who would do this would live long and be blessed! Sounds like Jesus Christ when you really think about it!
Scripture reading for March 19: 1st Samuel 9-12
In yesterday’s reading, the Israelites had demanded a king like the other nations. (1st Samuel 8:4-5) God’s people already had a King with the Lord! But they wanted a king like the other nations. It was the latest fad! They wanted a king they could see and follow. God already knew this would happen. He told Moses about it! (Deuteronomy 16:14-20) God knows man’s deepest need is for a relationship Him. He is always jealously working to bring about His purposes and sometimes lets us have what we want in order to give us what we really need.
God chose Saul, a person who stood above all the others, as Israel’s first king. (1st Samuel 10:23-24) He chose one who looked the part. As Samuel anointed him, the Spirit of the Lord came upon Saul and he began prophesying. (1st Samuel 10:1, 9-11) Samuel introduced him to the nation and the people shouted, “Long live the king!” This king would not satisfy the people’s need, but would help them to learn that they needed the real King more than ever! This first king would soon fail to obey and honor the Lord and fall under God’s judgment. The people would suffer under his leadership! We must be careful what we ask God for! Human “kings” almost always give us trouble and grief.
Today happens to be my 62nd birthday. I lived for a few years without a King! Then I invited the King to rule my life, but did not really let Him have complete say over everything. I am thankful that my King was patient with me and compassionate towards me. He drew me with His love and mercy. I surrendered my life to Him and am so blessed! My birthday request is that my family would all live under my King. A further desire would be that all I have had the privilege of knowing and contacting would also know this King as Lord, Savior, and Friend!
Today, if you don’t have a King, please ask the Lord to be your King! God hears the cry of your heart. Confess to Him your sin and renounce any other idols in your life. Believe in Jesus Christ as God’s Son and the only sacrifice for sin. He died for our sins and rose again from the dead. He is coming back as King of Kings!
“But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart.” That is the word of faith that we are proclaiming: that if you confess with your mouth,”Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and with your mouth that you confess and are saved. Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.” (Romans 10:8-11)