Israel Wants a King
Israel had had trouble for several decades with the Judges
that were appointed to guide them. Eli was unwilling to truly do God's Word and
his sons worshipped other Gods. Samuel was sharp but his sons lacked the
spiritual perception to talk for God. Israel had lapsed into a state of unbelief
I Samuel 8
:1 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old,
that he made his sons judges over Israel.
:2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel;
and the name of his second, Abiah:
they were judges in
:3 And his sons walked not in his ways,
but turned aside after lucre,
and took bribes,
and perverted judgment.
Samuel's sons did not walk with God. It was just a
business without the heart to care and deliver God's people.
:4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together,
and came to Samuel unto Ramah,
:5 And said unto him,
Behold, thou art old,
and thy sons walk not in thy ways:
now make us a king to judge us like
all the nations.
God had always provided deliverance for Israel without a
king. But the people saw the nations around them and that their kings fought for
them so they wanted one. They had stopped believing God again. They wanted to be
numbered among the nations, they didn't believe that God's way was best, that
God was the one who worked through the judges (especially when the judges didn't
listen to God). They no longer believed that God fought their battles for them.
:6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said,
Give us a king to judge us. [Remember,
the sons were taking bribes.]
And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.
:7 And the LORD said unto
Hearken unto the voice of the
people in all that they say unto thee:
for they have not rejected thee,
but they have rejected me,
should not reign over them.
:8 According to all the works
which they have done
day that I brought them up out of Egypt
wherewith they have forsaken me,
and served other gods,
so do they also unto thee.
:9 Now therefore hearken unto their voice:
protest solemnly unto them,
and shew them the manner of the
king that shall reign over them.
They had rejected God; just like they did to Moses in the
wilderness. They would see God work, believe God for a little while, and then
fall into unbelief. They wanted to have a king like the unbelievers around them.
This was as far as they could go in their believing, so God told Samuel to make
:10 And Samuel told all the words of the LORD
unto the people
that asked of him a king.
:11 And he said,
This will be the manner of the king
that shall reign over you:
take your sons,
them for himself,
be his horsemen;
shall run before his chariots.
:12 And he will appoint him captains over
captains over fifties;
set them to ear his ground,
and to reap
and to make
his instruments of war,
instruments of his chariots.
:13 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries,
:14 And he will take your fields,
oliveyards, even the best of them,
and give them to his
:15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, [Joseph
asked 20% of the Egyptians.]
and of your
and give to
and to his servants.
:16 And he will take your menservants,
and your maidservants,
and your goodliest young men,
and your asses,
and put them
to his work.
:17 He will take the tenth of your sheep:
and ye shall be his servants.
It's a bureaucracy!
:18 And ye shall cry out in that day
because of your king which ye shall
have chosen you;
and the LORD will
not hear you in that day.
:19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel;
and they said,
Nay; but we will have a king over
And the king put them to work to do government work. From
that day forward they always had kings over them.
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They decided to trust in a man rather than God almighty,
the creator of the heavens and of the earth. They had forgotten that whenever
God fought for them they never lost. We must not forget that truth.
God couldn't go any further than what they would believe.
They wanted a king to fight and believe for them. It is of works - just going
through the motions without heart, trusting in objects and symbols, and not
needing to believe God. They wanted to trust in men and traditions of men
because they saw other nations doing so. Our walk is a spiritual walk. A
walk whereby we can know that God is always with us, ever present. We do not
need anyone but Jesus Christ to be the intercessor for us. The Israelites forgot
about God because they let the circumstances around them (the devil) steal the
Word from their minds.
:10 The thief cometh not,
but for to steal,
and to kill,
and to destroy:
I am come that they might have life, [Heb.
zoa - life in every aspect]
and that they might have it more abundantly.
We must guard the Word in our hearts. God sent Jesus
Christ so that we may have life; physically and spiritually, more abundantly.
Not just needs met but truly filled to overflowing with life and abundance; so
that we have to give. Believe the Word and the promises that He has given us. We
can take Him at His Word in every facet of our lives. Trust in Him; He is
trustworthy. When we get to the point that we go to God first with everything
then we will see His promises come to pass.
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