05
May
11

I Want!

The time of the judges who ruled over Israel is now drawing to a close.  The people want a king.  Samuel warns them that a king can be harsh and will rule over them with an iron fist .  More importantly, the Israelites have forgotten that GOD is their king already – 1 Samuel 8:7 tells us that God sees their request as a flat rejection of HIM as their king.

Why are God’s chosen people insisting on this change?  The Bible tells us:

‘But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us.  Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”’   — 1 Samuel 8:19-20

Their reason?  Because the Israelites want to be like the other nations around them!  Rather than accept and embrace their calling as a people set apart for God’s service, they choose to reject Him in favor of being more like the example of other ungodly nations.

I cannot help but compare this to our world – our Christian world – of today.  Though we believe we are called apart for God’s purpose, many still want to keep one foot in the world, to be more like the world for a variety of reasons – for comfort, because of pride, or because we believe that we can somehow embrace both godliness and worldliness and end up the victor.  But, simply put, God wants us to make HIM the focus of our lives, and for us NOT to compromise with the world – for any reason.  We will see the result of Israel’s compromise in future entries.

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