1 Samuel 8-11
These chapters are a story of outright rebellion as the people of God completely abandon their God-given purpose in the world. In chapter 8:19-20 we read the request of the people: “We want a king over us then we will be like all the other nations…” This is an absolute tragedy. Israel’s calling was to be a nation set apart for God. A nation UNLIKE all the other nations. A nation that would lead all other nations to know the one, true, living God by being different! How sad things turned out! Until Jesus – the king God’s people really needed. The king who enables us to be truly different – “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God that we may declare the praises of him who brought us out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).