E100: 032 | Give Us A King!

"Underneath Israel’s “reasonable” desire for a King was a rebellious motivation; they wanted to be like everyone else. Today in 1 Samuel chapter 8 to chapter 10 verse 27 Saul seemed like a good choice. Sometimes God gives us what we ask for even it’s not the best for us." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)

Read 1 Samuel 8:1-10:27 | (ESV)

...all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. They said to him, "You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have."

But when they said, "Give us a king to lead us," this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD. And the LORD told him: "Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights." (1 Samuel 8:4-5, 6-9)
As the Israelites looked around at the other nations they notice that many of them had Kings leading them. They decided that the problem with their own country was that there was no king, so they ask their aging leader Samuel to give them a King. Samuel was upset and hurt by the request. He prays to the Lord for guidance and the Lord comforts him by pointing out that they are rejecting him, the Lord, not Samuel.

I think God and Samuel are really hurt and disappointed. They are disappointed with the motives that are behind this request. It is a rejection of God's leadership of Israel. The people of Israel seem to keep missing the mark in understanding what God wants for Israel. God doesn't want them to be just like the other countries. He wants them to be set apart and special. He wants them to follow his ways not their ways. They keep turning away and looking for other ways that will make their nation great and their lives easier.

They are warned that a human King has a downside. We will soon see that God honors their request for a King and ultimately the King of Kings will come from the royal line started here. A King with no downside. The ultimate King. The perfect King. God desires to lead his people and for them to follow.

All creatures of Our God and King ...

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