You Want a King, You’ve Got a King (1 Samuel 8:1 – 9:26)

When Samuel was old, he made his sons judges over Israel.  However, they did not rule well, and the people came to Samuel and asked for a king.  Samuel prayed about it, and the Lord told Samuel to heed the Israelites, that they were not rejecting him, but God.  However, he should warn them of the behavior of the king who would reign over them.  He then warned the people of how the king would behave. He would take their sons and daughters into his service, take a tenth of their grain and vintage, and take their servants and animals.  They would be the king’s servants.  But they ignored him and asked for a king, so they could be like the nations.  Then the Lord said for Samuel to heed their voice and make them a king.

Kish, a Benjamite, had a son named Saul, who was handsome, and head and shoulders taller than those around him.  Kish’s donkeys were lost, and he sent Saul to look for them. They traveled through many lands, and decided to head back home before Kish began to worry.  However, in Zuph, the servant of Saul pointed out that there was a man of God in the city who could help them find the donkeys.  They went into the city, and found Samuel the prophet on his way to the high place.  The Lord had told Samuel that he would find a man from Benjamin, and that he should anoint him commander over Israel.  Saul asked him if he could help him find the seer.  Samuel said that he should come eat with him, and that his donkeys were found three days ago.  Samuel then had the choice meat that had been held back given to Saul and he visited with him over night.

Although Samuel explained the consequences of having a king, Israel demanded to have one.  Sometimes we think we need something, and God may show us that we do not, but yet we ask for or insist upon something anyway.  Before you dive into the pool of trouble, be sure to listen to the voice of God, and only dive where God says it is safe!

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