Week 13   Day 7



sometimes nations and families and individuals want things

simply because someone else has them

            great adulation

            the latest technology

            those symbols that say we are somebody


it is an old testament story

a people wanting a king because other nations had kings

            the Lord told Samuel to name all the negatives

            and Samuel listed all the hazards of having their own king

            the Lord saw it as a way of replacing God with a mortal man


the people wanting a king

was a people wanting a substitute god

            someone or something in the place of God

            a god who could be used and manipulated

            a god who would carry out their demands


beware lest you so desire

             a thing

             a person

             a symbol

that would replace God and you become its slave






                                            GIVE US A KING
God chose Saul who was head and shoulders above the others.
                                          I Samuel 8, 9 & 10


    4The elders of Israel came to Samuel at Ramah, 5and said

to him, "Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your

ways.  Make us a king to judge us like all the nations."  6But

the thing displeased Samuel.  So Samuel prayed to the Lord. 

    7The Lord said to Samuel, "Heed the voice of the people;

for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I

should not reign over them.  8According to all the works which

they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt,

even to this day--with which they have forsaken Me and served

other gods--so they are doing to you also.   9Solemnly forewarn

them, and show them the king who will reign over them."

    15Now the Lord had told Samuel, saying, 16"Tomorrow

about this time I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin,

and you shall anoint him commander over My people Israel,

that he may save My people from the hand of the Philistines,

for I have looked upon My people, because their cry has come

to Me."  17When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said, "There he is,

of whom I spoke to you.  This one shall reign over My people."

    17Then Samuel called the people together at Mizpah, 18and

said, "Thus says the Lord God of Israel:  'I brought up Israel out

of Egypt, and delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians

and from all those who oppressed you.'  19But you have today

rejected your God, who Himself saved you from all your

adversities and your tribulations; and you have said to Him,

'No, set a king over us!'  Now therefore, present yourselves

before the Lord by your tribes and by your clans."

    20When Samuel caused all the tribes of Israel to come near,

the tribe of Benjamin was chosen.  21When he caused the tribe

of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri

was chosen.  And Saul the son of Kish was chosen.  But when

they sought him, he could not be found.  22They inquired of

the Lord further, "Has the man come here yet?"  And the Lord

answered, "There he is, hidden among the equipment."  23So

they ran and brought him from there; and when he stood, he

was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward. 

24Samuel said, "Do you see him whom the Lord has chosen,

that there is no one like him among all the people?"  So all the

people shouted and said, "Long live the king!"  25Then Samuel

explained to the people the behavior of royalty, and wrote it

in a book and laid it up before the Lord.
              This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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