1 Samuel – Chapter 8: Israel Asks for a King

The killing in 1 Samuel continues, but God is now back on the side of the Israelites.  Let’s see what happens now.

“When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel’s leaders. The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba. But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.” – 1 Samuel 8:1-3

Of course they did.  God couldn’t push his agenda if people weren’t doing ‘ungodly’ things.  Did God harden their hearts as he’s done with so many people as a method to push his agenda of making the people fear him?

“And the Lord told him (Samuel): ‘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.’” – 1 Samuel 8:7

Of course they have.  You are invisible!  You’ve never shown yourself.  Honestly, what did this god expect?

“He said, ‘This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.” 1 Samuel 8:11-18

And this is different to a life following God how?  Even with God on their side, hundreds of thousands of Israelites have suffered and died unnatural deaths.

“When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the Lord. The Lord answered, ‘Listen to them and give them a king.’” – 1 Samuel 8:21-22

Once again I ask, how is this different from rule under God?  I’m not saying rule under this described king is a quality life, but neither has the Bible proven this with rule under God.  Either way the Israelites are screwed.

Guess what?  No killing in this chapter!  Sure, there’s mention of slavery under a king, but no actual slavery or killing took place in this chapter.  That’s an improvement.  Damn, the bar is set so low!

Coming Soon:  1 Samuel – Chapter 9:  Samuel Anoints Saul

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