UPDATE 9/20 ~~We need a King!~~Submitted by Daddy WarBucks on Wed, 09/10/2008 - 17:57
UPDATE: Well how do these words sound today, after our 'king' and his court have given his minions unlimited authority to heap trillions of dollars of debt onto the next 5 generations of serfs in the kingdom.
King George IV is about to end his reign of power....hopefully.
See if this fits...
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. And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the LORD. And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.
The people of Israel wanted a King who would judge, or rule, them, a king who would go out before them, and a king who would fight their battles. But what was it that Israel had at this point?
To answer that question, we are going to have a look at chapter 7. Starting at verse 3:
And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.
The children of Israel responded with repentance. They returned to the LORD. Verse 6:
And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured it out before the LORD, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the LORD. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh.
What happened next? Well, the people had returned to the LORD, so he delivered them out of the hands of the Philistines. Verse 10:
And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel: but the LORD thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Israel.
The LORD thundered with a great thunder. The LORD himself delivered Israel. On this occasion he didn't use men. He used used the forces of nature. God delivered Israel out of the hands of the Philistines. God fought their battle for them. All Israel had to do was mop up afterwards.
What was it that the people ask for in the next chapter? A king who will fight their battles. But what did they already have? A God who would, and did, fight their battles. "Put not your trust in the princes nor in the son of man...Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God."Psalm 146:3,5 Israel had the God of Jacob for their help, yet they wanted to put their trust in princes and the son of man instead.
Remember when Israel was in the wilderness, and they got fed up with the mannah? Guided by a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire, their clothes did not wear out, and their food miraculously appeared for them every morning. Yet they still weren't satisfied. They wanted something more.
The same thing is happening here. They have got God on their side. But they want more. Actually they want less but they want what they think is more. Instead of God fighting their battles, they want a king to fight their battles.
Power vs Force