Israel Wants A King, part 3
1 Samuel 8:5, " They said to him, "Behold, you are old, and your sons don’t walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations." Samuel prayed to God and God told him in verse 7, "Listen to the voice of the people in all that they tell you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me as the king over them." So Israel wanted to be like the nations all around them and have a king. They rejected God as their King and followed after the way of the world. Do you see the danger for our country if we 'remove God from our country' like the leftists in this land are trying to do. They want us to be godless, like Europe, and have a government that is godless, which is Socialism and Marxism. A good thing for us, God always reserves a remnant of faithful people, whether in the Old Testament time or New Testament, the saints, those who haven’t bowed to foreign gods. God still led Israel and cared for them though they rejected him.
Some of the kings were faithful to God. The first three kings were and they were the only ones to rule over all of Israel. They were; Saul, who started out good but lost his favor with God by not consulting with him but the witch of Endor instead. King David was faithful and God promised him that through his bloodline the Messiah would come, and his son Solomon was faithful but permitted his foreign wives to have 'high places' to worship their false gods. Solomon’s son Rehoboam was to harsh on the people with taxes and the nation split. The ten northern tribes became the Northern Kingdom, and the tribes of Benjamin and Judah stayed faithful to Rehoboam and God and became the Southern Kingdom. The northern tribes had 19 kings and all of them did evil in the eyes of God and were eventually punished and carried away by Assyria, never to come back.