“Procedure of the King”
“Procedure of the King”
The people had demanded of Samuel a king for themselves.
This displeased Samuel, yet, God to told Samuel to appoint a king.
The Lord was rejected by the people.
The Lord told Samuel to tell the people what the king would do.
“Now then, listen to their voice; however, you shall solemnly warn them and tell them of the procedure of the king who will reign over them.”
So Samuel spoke all the words of the LORD to the people who had asked of him a king.
He said, “This will be the procedure of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and place them for himself in his chariots and among his horsemen
and they will run before his chariots.
“He will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and of fifties,
and some to do his plowing and to reap his harvest and to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.
“He will also take your daughters for perfumers and cooks and bakers.
“He will take the best of your fields and your vineyards and your olive groves
and give them to his servants.
“He will take a tenth of your seed and of your vineyards
and give to his officers and to his servants.
“He will also take your male servants and your female servants and your best young men and your donkeys and use them for his work.
“He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his servants.
“Then you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.”
As good a synopsis of the government of man as to be found anywhere.
The procedure of the king will to:
- reign over you
- take your sons
- place your sons in chariots, horsemen
- appoint for himself commanders
- appoint for himself workers of the field
- appoint for himself makers of weapons
- take your daughters
- take the best of your fields, vineyards, olive groves and give them to his servants
- take your best male/female servants and best young men and your donkeys for his work
- take a tenth of your flocks
- make you his servants
Regardless of the “form” of man-made, man-centered government, this is what occurs.
The procedure of the king is not what the Lord wanted.
It is what people wanted/want.
The same occurs today.
Note that in the end they cry out to the Lord because of the king.
The king they had chosen for themselves.
The Lord did not/will not answer in that day.
Seek not the “king among the people”.
Seek the King of kings.