Israel Wants A King, part 2

God made promises to Abraham that he would have a land to live in, have a family that would be so many they would be a nation and that through his seed he would raise up a king for all the people of the world. Over the next several hundred years God’s people became so numerous, God raised up Moses to lead his people out of bondage from Egypt and God established a theocracy form of government with them. God as the head and Moses as his spokesman. God made a covenant with them that had all the rules for governing the people and how to worship him. They had a system of priests and judges to rule the people. Deu 17:8-10 says, "If there arises a matter too hard for you in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within your gates; then you shall arise, and go up to the place which Yahweh your God chooses.

You shall come to the priests who are Levites, and to the judge who shall be in those days. You shall inquire, and they shall give you the verdict. You shall do according to the decisions of the verdict which they shall give you from that place which Yahweh chooses." The Lord, knowing the nature of man and how he is inclined to sin, prophesied to them just a few verses later how in the future they would break covenant with him, "Deut. 28:36, "Yahweh will bring you, and your king whom you will set over yourselves, to a nation that you have not known, you nor your fathers. There you will serve other gods of wood and stone." The prophecy alludes to Israel installing a king and being punished for sin and being banished to another land. This happens when Israel’s final judge Samuel, appoints his sons as judges over the people and they rebel against them because of his son’s wickedness.

Jim L