MAKE US A KING
It is an interesting study to read how the children of Israel came to have a king rule over them. Samuel had judged Israel all the days of his life. When he was old, he made his sons judges over Israel. The elders of Israel wanted something different. They wanted to be like the nations around them. They spoke to Samuel, “Behold, thou are old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways; now make us a king to judge us like all the nations” (I Samuel 8:5). “But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord. And the Lord said unto Samuel, 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, that I should not reign over them” (I Samuel 8:6,7). Samuel no doubt was disappointed in the fact that he had spent his life serving the people, and now it seemed to him that they were rejecting him. God told him they were in fact rejecting Him by the request that they were making. Samuel goes on in chapter eight to describe to them what having a king will mean to them. Notice some of the things that he warns them about. He will take your sons…he will take your daughters…he will take your fields, and your vineyard, and your oliveyards, even the best of them. . . he will take the tenth of your seeds, and of your vineyards. . . he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men…he will take the tenth of your sheep. Samuel said you will begin to cry out, to complain but the Lord will not listen to you because you chose this route. “Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; that we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles” (I Samuel 8:19,20). They wanted a king like those around them, yet they already had the greatest king, for Samuel states that “the Lord your God was your king” (I Samuel 12:12). For some reason, mankind always seems to think that his way will work better than the way God has designed for us. We need to learn that God’s plan is always the best for us.