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Give Us a 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!

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