1 Samuel 7-9; John 6

Samuel 8:11-20 He told them: “The governance of the king who will rule you will be as follows: He will take your sons and assign them to his chariots and horses, and they will run before his chariot. He will appoint from among them his commanders of thousands and of hundreds. He will make them do his plowing and harvesting and produce his weapons of war and chariotry. He will use your daughters as perfumers, cooks, and bakers. He will take your best fields, vineyards, and olive groves, and give them to his servants. He will tithe your crops and grape harvests to give to his officials and his servants. He will take your male and female slaves, as well as your best oxen and donkeys, and use them to do his work. He will also tithe your flocks. As for you, you will become his slaves. On that day you will cry out because of the king whom you have chosen, but the LORD will not answer you on that day.” The people, however, refused to listen to Samuel’s warning and said, “No! There must be a king over us. We too must be like all the nations, with a king to rule us, lead us in warfare, and fight our battles.”

 These verses are timely, as we approach the climax of our current presidential race.  What I think worthy of reflection is we perhaps stray into the tall weeds when we put our highest hopes into anticipated political solutions.  It is easy to envision a Monty Pythonesque scene where the people listen intently to Samuel’s stern warning, and when he’s finished they look at each other for a several beats and then start jumping up and down, loudly proclaiming “Yes, a king!  We want a king!” Any “crying out” going on today?  Maybe during tax season as 1040s are filled out?  Perhaps we are looking for someone to “lead us in warfare, and fight our battles”?  Just asking.

GOD’S ANSWER: My Son is your true King.  He is the solution to all problems in life.

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments on “1 Samuel 7-9; John 6”

  1. Stan Sikorski Says:

    That’s why, when people prompt me with “Who ya voting for?”, I answer that I am an anarchopacifist.


  2. When I first read this, I thought you were saying you were an “arachnopacifist”, somebody who doesn’t kill spiders.


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