Biblical Worldview - During the Time of Samuel

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Biblical Worldview on: During the time of Samuel
In the times of Samuel there were many events that occurred. I will be covering: Israel desiring a king, Saul being chosen as King and then getting rejected by God, David displaying attributes of a better king, Solomon choosing to continue in sin that led to the division of Israel after his death.
Israel’s desire for a king was a turning point in their history. Although their desire for a king existed well before the time of Samuel. In Judges 8:22 which states “The Israelites said to Gideon, “Rule over us – you, your son and your grandson – because you have saved us from the hand of Midian.” (NIV) New circumstances arose when greater order and unity was a result of Samuels labors’. The misconduct of his sons and the surrounding nations threatening Israel. Thus causing them to become stronger and more general. The elders came together and simply expressed what the heart of the people had been set upon. “So all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel to Ramah.” (1 Samuel 8:4 NIV) The object of their desire wasn’t essentially wrong for it had been foretold that kings should rise in Israel. The fundamental principle of the theocracy was “God was their King” it wasn’t intended to supersede the Divine authority of God. The transition was in one aspect from a higher order of things to that much lower. Intending to set God in the background. The sinfulness of their hearts desire consisted in the king they sought and the spirit they manifested. Rejecting the Lord as King. “They have rejected me from being king over them” (1 Samuel 8:7). Nevertheless, God did grant their wish for a King that he would chose.
As described in the Bible, the Jewish monarchy is a unique institution. The king would have real power and responsibility. The rest of the nation would emulate after his model. A leader,…...

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