Israel has been told by the Lord that it is all right to ask for a king – Deuteronomy 17:14-20. The trouble is in the manner of their request. They demand of Samuel a king. They are like the people who tried to force Jesus to be king! The Lord gives them a king after their own heart – Saul.
“And they said, ‘No! But there shall be 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.'”
This is another sorrowful reading, and the verses above point to a big problem.
Why does Israel want to be like other nations? God has chosen them, set them apart, given them His love and shown them His mercy. Why do they long to be like nations that were NOT shown this favour by God?
“… And that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”
God is the one who gave them His law, to keep and to uphold. He raised up judges, with His law being the true judge. But the people didn’t want to submit under His rule.
And even more, God DID already fight their battles, time and again! He went out before them, HE gave them the victory.
What was Israel thinking to demand a king like the other nations?
They did get something right though, in their words even if they didn’t understand.
We do need a king to judge us and fight our battles.
But not a king like the other nations have.
Our king is Jesus, Messiah, Son of God, Son of Man – The KING of kings!
Do we want to be like the people and world around us instead of modelling Christ? Do we want our church leaders to be like those of the world instead of seeking God’s face?
Let’s be encouraged to remember the true king, born of promise into this world, fully God and fully man.
He is the one that we are to be like. We should be modelling Him and Him alone.
* Father God,
We read of Samuel and the people today, in their desire to have a king like all the nations.
Thank You for sending Your Son, God the Son, into this world to save us.
Thank You that He is our right and true king.
Please mark us as an obedient people, who listen to their king.