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Up to this point, God was the King of the nation of Israel. God’s plan was to assign prophets to be the liaison between He and them. And that was working well through Samuel. Unfortunately, Samuel’s sons were selfish, greedy little perverts.
The nation of Israel did not like this arrangement, so they looked around at how other nations were doing it and demanded their own king.
To be honest, I don’t really get why they were in such a hurry to get into a situation where a king would recruit their children into the army, where they would be forced to labor for the king, where their own daughters would be taken from them to serve in the king’s kitchens and courts, etc.
Surely, it would not have been worse than a few bad-apple prophet sons.
“But the people refused to listen to Samuel’s warning. “Even so, we still want a king,” they said. “We want to be like the nations around us. Our king will judge us and lead us into battle.” So Samuel repeated to the Lord what the people had said, and the Lord replied, “Do as they say, and give them a king.” Then Samuel agreed and sent the people home.
And so it begins…
Lord, I know I can be as selfish and short-sighted as these people. Forgive me when I get so fixed on what I want, when I want it, that I miss out on Your best plan for my life. Today, I choose to surrender. I choose Your way, not mine.
A heavy chapter to be sure.
The most dire to me was the warning to priests:
6 My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me. It is all your fault, you priests, for you yourselves refuse to know me. Now I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children. 7 The more priests there are, the more they sin against me. They have exchanged the glory of God for the disgrace of idols. 8 “The priests get fed when the people sin and bring their sin offerings to them. So the priests are glad when the people sin! 9 ‘Like priests, like people’ – since the priests are wicked, the people are wicked, too. So now I will punish both priests and people for all their wicked deeds.
In particular verse 8 caught my attention. Since the priests benefit the more people sin, the very ones who are there to discourage people from sinning and encourage them to live holy have become selfish and rejoice when people sin.
Then, the people follow the example of their priests. So, God punishes both the priests and the people.
It got me thinking about my role in my family. I am to be the prophet, priest & king, am I not? My family is watching my example, particularly my children. I understood that fully when I started to discipline one of my children about something and she brought up the fact that she’s seen me speeding. Good tactic, I’m sure. But the point is a good one.
A better example was when my youngest “caught” me reading my Bible for the first time. She was going to try and sneak up on me, but she found me reading God’s word. It really had an impact on her. She asked for a Bible and wanted to read it for herself.
I want to be “caught” doing the right things with my family: reading God’s Word, praying for my family, helping people in need, etc.
Thank You, God, for Your mercy. Help me to be the prophet, priest and king in my family. Help us to encourage each other on to good deeds. All because of You, Lord.
grace & peace,