King Me! Why?

Samuel was clearly the leader that Israel needed. After the revival gracefully gifted by God, brought on by humble repentance, there was a peaceful period of safety and goodwill. One would think that the people would have learned their lesson.

1 Samuel 8 tells us when Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as judges over Israel. Although Joel and Abijah were judges like their father, but they did not walk in their father’s ways. They took dishonest profit, pocketed bribes, and perverted justice.

In reaction to the deceptive ways of Samuel’s sons, Israel does something very ill-fated. They desired to be ruled, “like other nations,” by a king.

The heartbreaking reason for Israel desiring a king, however, was spiritual. The conversation between the Lord and Samuel is painful.

1 Samuel 8:6-8 Samuel considered their demand [for a king] wrong, so he prayed to the Lord. 7 But the Lord told him, “Listen to the people and everything they say to you. They have not rejected you; they have rejected me as their king. 8 They are doing the same thing to you that they have done to me, since the day I brought them out of Egypt until this day, abandoning me and worshiping other gods.

The Israelites had rejected God as their king (1 Samuel 8:7). The Bible indicates that the concept of the Lord’s kingship over Israel was as old as the foundations of Israelite society, being traced to Moses (Deuteronomy 33:5) and celebrated by non-Israelites (Numbers 23:21). Any attempt to have an earthly king to take the Lord’s rightful place (1 Samuel 8:20) would end disastrously.

Remarkably enough, the Lord honored the people’s request, giving them precisely what they requested.

By | 2018-05-13T18:02:02+00:00 May 18th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

About the Author:

Pastor Phil, his wife Carol, and their three children, started in Bixby over 23 years ago when New Beginnings was meeting in a downtown Bixby store front. As a result of God's blessings, New Beginnings has become one of the fastest growing churches in Oklahoma. Pastor Phil graduated from Tulsa East Central High School (1978), and Tulsa University (1982). After serving for 11 years as a Student Pastor, at the age of twenty-nine Phil began to pastor his first church in Edgewater, Colorado. Phil received a Master’s Degree from Denver Theological Seminary (1994) and completed his doctorate in Missions and Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Phil and Carol are honored to serve God in a Kingdom minded church, with joy and longevity.

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