1 Samuel 7-9; Luke 9:18-36

We just finished Judges last week, and four times between Judges 17 and 21 we’re told “in those days Israel had no king.” It’s apparently a big problem in Judges.

And now in 1 Samuel 8 the people want a king, and God almost sounds disappointed. Samuel definitely is. So what’s the deal?

A king provides organization, arbitration in disputes, and leadership in battle. As God tells Samuel, the problem seems to be less that the people want a king, but that they don’t want God as their king.

Authority, as difficult as it is to submit to, is easier to person than to God. Don’t you think?


About peterjwhite

I am a pastor to college students in Tulsa, OK.
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