A Blessing…Or A Curse

In one of his final addresses to the people of Israel, Samuel reminds them of their history – beginning with Moses, then on to the exodus from Egypt, the promised land, and through the time of the judges.  Now, the Israelites enter a new phase – one in which they are ruled by a king appointed directly by God.  But as an admonishment, Samuel reminds them who their true king is:

“But when you saw that Nahash king of the Ammonites was moving against you, you said to me, ‘No, we want a king to rule over us’—even though the LORD your God was your king.  Now here is the king you have chosen, the one you asked for; see, the LORD has set a king over you.  If you fear the LORD and serve and obey him and do not rebel against his commands, and if both you and the king who reigns over you follow the LORD your God—good!  But if you do not obey the LORD, and if you rebel against his commands, his hand will be against you, as it was against your fathers.  — 1 Samuel 12:12-15

With a king, the nation of Israel could still have God’s blessing.  But they could also have His curse, if they fail to respect God’s commands.  Sometimes I wonder – do these same rules apply to our nation today?  While we are not the chosen people of Israel, it seems to me that God has blessed the American nation in the past because of the faithfulness of its people.  But now, as the people seem to be straying from God’s principles, it would appear that the blessing is being removed.  Are there parallels between the Israelite nation, and the United States, both nations which were founded on Biblical principles?


1 Response to “A Blessing…Or A Curse”

  1. 1 Luke Zimmermann
    July 6, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    I love the picture you used for this article and would love to use it for a Kindle book cover because it is perfect for my title “Two ways – to live your life. You choose! ” It is a collection of Christian real life stories in different cultures. I’d like to ask you for permission. Is it under copyright? Hope to hear from you. God bless.

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