Bibl 105 Essay 2

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Ryan Conaghan
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BIBL 105-C05
5 March 2015
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God calls his people to obedient. In return for obedience, God promises to provide. During the time of Solomon the people of Israel lacked obedience. God as king was no longer good enough. Israel’s lack of obedience caused them to anoint a king that also lacked faith in the Lord. Man is broken and even great leaders have flaws. Israel’s demand for a king ultimately resulted in the division of the kingdom.
During the time of Samuel, the people of Israel desire a king. God had promised to provide for the Israelites and in return God asked for obedience and love. Throughout the Old Testament God always provided for the Israelites yet God’s people regularly rejected him. God was no longer valued as king, and the people of Israel asked God to give them a King. In 1 Samuel 8:5 the elders came to Samuel and said “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have (NIV).” Samuel warned the people of Israel that a king would reign over them and claim the people as rights, yet the Israelites neglected to listen. Israel desired a king in flesh to lead them into combat and keep them accountable. All other nations had a King, therefore Israel wanted a king. Samuels spoke to the people, “When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day (1 Samuel 8:18)” but his warning fell on deaf ears. God granted the Israelites wish, which was to lead themselves.
An ideal king is attractive, tall, strong, with an outstanding battle resume. Saul possessed all of these attributes. Ultimately, Saul’s “resounding victory over Nahash the Ammonite who threatened to gouge out the eyes of the people of Jabesh-gilead (Hindson 165)” lead the people of Israel to anoint him as king. Saul’s…...

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