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The First Three Kings Of Israel

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Israel’s beginning as an established nation and Israel’s recuperation from seventy years of Babylonian captivity is covered in the Books of History. After the conquest of Joshua, God sent deliverers also known as judges to judge the hearts of the people of Israel and rule over them after Joshua’s death. The Philistines’ brutally attacked the nation; subsequently, these assaults were a result of the people’s covenant disobedience. The Ark of the Covenant had been lost to the Philistines, consequently meaning they had a total disconnection from God’s presence and the mosaic covenant . God showed the people grace and punished the Philistines thus the Ark was returned. At this time the people of Israel desired a worldly king, chose a king, their chosen king was rejected by God, they were delivered a new king, and his successor’s sin ultimately led to division of the nation.
The Philistines did not return to Israel during Samuel’s judge. During this time the people of Israel desired a king to rule over them. The people desired a king who would fight their battles. They sought to be like the surrounding nations. “Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”’ (1 Sam 8:4, 5 [NKJ]). Samuel warned the people of Israel about the repercussions of having a reigning king. Sorrowfully, the people of Israel repudiated Samuel’s warnings, “No, but we will have a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.” (1 Sam 8:19, 20 [NKJ]) They coveted a king, so the Lord gave them a king. The people of Israel were too entangled by their desire to be “like other nations”.
Saul was inadvertently chosen by the people to be Israel’s first king, he was not necessarily God’s choice. The people of Israel admired Saul for his physical attributes not for his heart. He fit the “physical” requirements of a king who could fight their battles for them. Saul’s victory over Nahash the Ammonite who threatened to gouge out the eyes of the people of Jabesh-gilead won him the people’s winning votes. Again Samuel warned the people requesting a king meant rejecting God as their King. Saul made a plethora of bad choices which displeased God. Saul’s continued disobedience eventually led to his rejection as king. After Saul’s hast decision to go into battle, God vowed to remove him as King. And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the LORD your God, which He commanded you. For now the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue. The LORD has sought for Himself a man after his own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you.” (1 Sam 13:13, 14 [NKJ]) Saul rejected the...

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