Sunday, April 10, 2016

1 Samuel 8

And baby I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule
Let me live that fantasy

Samuel was a prophet who led Israel to a great victory over the nation's oppressors, the Philistines. Subsequently, he became a great judge and conducted annual cross country circuits during which he would administer justice.

As he aged, Samuel appointed his two sons as judges over Israel, but they were corrupt. Consequently, the elders of Israel asked Samuel to appoint a king to govern them so that they would not have to deal with corruption among their peers. God, however, saw this as a rejection of Him, and told Samuel to warn of the consequences of being governed by earthly rulers.

Samuel conveyed these words of the Lord to the people:

"These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you. He will take your sons and appoint them to chariots and to be his horsemen, and to run before his chariots, and he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his courtiers. He will take one-tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and his courtiers. He will take your male and female slaves, and the best of your cattle and donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take one-tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves; but the Lord will not answer you in that day."

But the people refused to listen to God's warning.

And it has come to pass.

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