“But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the LORD. And the LORD said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day—with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also. Now therefore, heed their voice. However, you shall solemnly forewarn them, and show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them.””
I Samuel 8:6-9 NKJV
I like to go to sleep while listening to the BBC at night. Many of my dreams have british accents and involve whatever story happens to be on at a given moment. Yesterday, Prince Philip died at age 99. He had been the husband and consort of the reigning Queen Elizabeth for 73 years. Last nights broadcast was full of all the accomplishments of the prince, and how he supported his queen. He was greatly revered by the people of England.
This morning, I am once again in Samuel, and I am at the part where the children of Israel are pining for a king to judge and rule over them. They have looked upon all the other nations, and come to the conclusion that they needed to be like everyone else.
Since they were delivered from Egypt, they had the distinction of being God’s perculiar people, as He delivered them from bondage, and guided them through the wilderness, covering them with a cloud by day, and lighting their path as a pillar of fire by night. He had fed them, watered them, and preserved them. He had provided Judges to lead them.
But still they wanted a king.
We humans love our kings. In this country they are elected officials, famous people, and leaders of movements. We revere them, and look to them for leadership. Often we place them on pedestals, high and lifted up, as we willfully ignore their sinful flaws. All too often, as leaders go, so go those who follow them. If the leader is abased, so are the people.
I have learned time and time again that my trust is only in the Lord. The children of Israel were rejecting God when they told Samuel they wanted a king. God knowing all things, ceded to their wishes. It is a classic “be careful what you wish for,” moment.
“It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in princes.”
Psalms 118:8-9 NKJV
My life has made me a questioner. I have the habit of questioning everything I see, as I have learned that often there is an agenda that is hiding under the surface, out of sight, and hopefully out of mind.
The world we are living in is filled with earthly leaders with hidden agendas. Some are conservative, some liberal, some, moderate, or leftest. There is only one leader that can be trusted: Jesus Christ.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
John 3:16-17 NKJV
Jesus came with one agenda and one mission, to save sinners. When Jesus comes again, it will be to judge the world and set up His Kingdom.
Brothers and sisters, let us focus on the one true King, the God/Man Jesus Christ who came and died for our sins, was buried and rose again. We are representatives of that King, so let us show His love fo all those we may encounter.
There are people who have lists of people they consider their neighbors, people worthy of love. I like God’s list as it is all consuming. He wants all to be saved.
God is also just, as He will judge people for their sins, may they choose to reject His offer of forgiveness.
““And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.”
Revelation 22:12-15 NKJV
Let us rejoice in our soon coming King, as all of creation awaits His return. He is a King infallable, a King eternal, a King for who there is no end.
The marketplace is empty
No more traffic in the streets
All the builders’ tools are silent
No more time to harvest wheat
Busy housewives cease their labors
In the courtroom no debate
Work on earth is all suspended
As the King comes thro’ the gate
O the King is coming
The King is coming
I just heard the trumpets sounding
And now His face I see
O the King is coming
The King is coming
Praise God, He’s coming for me
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