They demanded a king


There is little doubt that as a culture America has rejected God. Many have fully embraced a god of convenience. The worship of such a god is seen in the sacrificing of the unborn, the demand for more “free stuff” from the government, and the flagrant rejection of natural sexuality to name a few things. All sense of identity as a unique and valuable creation is lost when the creator God is rejected. As a result those who reject God become enslaved to any entity or vise that enters their life.

Once God is rejected by a culture the people will look to another human as their source of comfort and security. This is evidenced by the great division we currently have over the elected President. Really our choices in the last election were two greedy individuals. Both desire power, wealth, and fame. The difference is in how they choose to seek these things. If you think a President is a personal savior for this country you have rejected the one true God!

There was a time when judges that would seek after God’s will were appointed to guide the people of Israel. One day the people of Israel rejected God’s leading for a human to lead them. 1 Samuel 8:1-22 As Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons to be judges over Israel. Joel and Abijah, his oldest sons, held court in Beersheba. But they were not like their father, for they were greedy for money. They accepted bribes and perverted justice.

Finally, all the elders of Israel met at Ramah to discuss the matter with Samuel. “Look,” they told him, “you are now old, and your sons are not like you. Give us a king to judge us like all the other nations have.”

Samuel was displeased with their request and went to the Lord for guidance. “Do everything they say to you,” the Lord replied, “for they are rejecting me, not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer. Ever since I brought them from Egypt they have continually abandoned me and followed other gods. And now they are giving you the same treatment. Do as they ask, but solemnly warn them about the way a king will reign over them.”

10 So Samuel passed on the Lord’s warning to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 “This is how a king will reign over you,” Samuel said. “The king will draft your sons and assign them to his chariots and his charioteers, making them run before his chariots. 12 Some will be generals and captains in his army, some will be forced to plow in his fields and harvest his crops, and some will make his weapons and chariot equipment. 13 The king will take your daughters from you and force them to cook and bake and make perfumes for him. 14 He will take away the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his own officials. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and your grape harvest and distribute it among his officers and attendants. 16 He will take your male and female slaves and demand the finest of your cattle and donkeys for his own use. 17 He will demand a tenth of your flocks, and you will be his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will beg for relief from this king you are demanding, but then the Lord will not help you.”

19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel’s warning. “Even so, we still want a king,” they said. 20 “We want to be like the nations around us. Our king will judge us and lead us into battle.”

21 So Samuel repeated to the Lord what the people had said, 22 and the Lord replied, “Do as they say, and give them a king.” Then Samuel agreed and sent the people home.

So began the long history of various kings bringing a wide range of problems on God’s people. Some kings were evil and some followed God. None of the kings brought true peace to the people.

Many today are looking for a world leader to both embrace selfish desires and bring peace to their lives. The fact is you cannot have peace and selfish living simultaneously. As a result great numbers of people are displaying hate and fear as they struggle to hold onto idols of selfish living.

Jesus came as the one true King to bring us both salvation and peace. He is the only true hope we have. The question is will you reject him in order to worship man or some other god? The choice is yours. Only Jesus Christ can provide true peace.

Rev. Burt Schwab

About burtschwab

I currently live in Iowa, USA. I serve as an assisting pastor of a unique small church. My goals are to simply live life as a journey and embrace each day. I am married to a wife with similar passions and that makes me a blessed man.
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