When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel’s leaders.2 The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba. 3 But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.
4 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.5 They said to him, ‘You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.’
6 But when they said, ‘Give us a king to lead us,’ this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord told him: ‘Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.8 As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. 9 Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.’
19“We want a king over us. 20 Then we shall be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”
The next stage of our adventure is the Monarchy, the coming Davidic Monarchy would unite the Kingdom and be the fulfilment of the promises God made to MOses regarding life in the Promised Land.
Derek Morphew Writes…
In the David Monarchy God would no longer speak through a prophet like Moses. He would rule from heaven through the representative king he had established on earth. This was a break from the past, which Samuel could not understand. For him only Yahweh could be king. To have an earthly king like the other nations was to depart from the unique relationship israel had with the Lord. But Samuel had to change his idea… There would, in fact, be two kings: one in heaven and one on earth, the Lord reigning through the king he had ordained.
How have you rejected God from being King of your life?
If you are a follower of Jesus, have you invited Him to be Lord of every area of your life? How about your spending? Your Sexuality? Your relationships? Your work? Your home? Your thoughts and emotions?
How are you striving to be just like those around you? in what ways are you to be “counter-cultural”?