The elders want a king?

That’s the same mistake the Israelites made in the book of Samuel when they asked the prophet to anoint them a king, for those very reasons, to defend them against their enemies.

Big mistake. They had been through 400 years with no king, no government at all, and the priests successfully adjudicating disputes along with respected “town fathers” that got that role from their good reputations for being fair. Whence the name of the book, Judges. When they needed defense against enemies, or against attackers and oppressors, and cried out for help, God raised up leaders to gather armies of volunteers to repel them. Like Gideon, who also became one of those judges.

Of course they only got oppressed when they let their guard down, and began taking on the gods and idols of surrounding pagans.

The kings did like Samuel warned them. They laid egregious burdens on the people, took the best livestock, the strongest and eldest sons for battle, and the fairest daughters to marry and to prepare the king’s delights. What broke the back of the kingdom with just the third generation of kings. When Solomon died, the elders came begging for tax relief. The son listened to a new generation of advisers instead of the older wiser ones and told them he would double their burdens. So the ten northern tribes broke off, set up their own kings, and set up their own religious capital. So began the divided kingdom.

Sound familiar? What do they say about history? This generation is looking more and more like the one that will see the rise of the Antichrist and his very quick fall.

Christians should apply God’s wisdom in every generation and follow the example of the prophets that pronounced judgments on Ahab and Jezebel (you thought the Clintons were a new thing?) and Nineveh and Tyre and Sidon.


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