The Bible says that the matter displeased ‘Vice-President’ Samuel. But instead of carrying a protest sign outside a Town Hall Rally, Samuel prayed and called on the Lord.
- Samuel PRAYED because he feared for the future of his nation.
He wasn’t being unpatriotic because he went against the status quo, no, Samuel was in love with his country–LOVED HIS GOD!
- The Lord told Samuel, don’t take it personal.
In fact, God said, “they are not rejecting you, but they are rejecting Me!
That’s a word for the child of God who would speak for God. Many times it will seem as if we are being rejected, when in reality, God is the One being rejected.
In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus had “chosen and appointed seventy others and sent them out ahead of Him, two by two, into every town and place where He Himself was about to come (visit)” (Luke 10:1).
Then in verse 16, Jesus reminds His followers who are going out in the world to reap the harvest, “He who hears and heeds you hears and heeds Me; and he who slights and rejects you slights and rejects Me slights and rejects Him who sent Me.”
GOD SAID, “the people don’t want Me as King!”
The evidence had been in view for ages past. God said, ever since My children came out of Egypt, they’ve done nothing but forsake me and serve other gods. It’s time for Me to CONCEDE–It’s time for me to admit that they don’t want me anymore.
Don’t fight them Samuel, you are going to give them what they want. He said, tell them the procedures for having a king.
PERMISSION GRANTED (v. 10-18):
Understand today that just because God PERMITS some rulers to be in an authority, that doesn’t mean that He approves them.
Psalm 103 can be nicely tied in with the verses here, because it shows how people can want something so bad…GOD gives in, not to bless them but reprimand them. He does it to bring RESTORATION to His wayward children.
- Vice President Samuel now stood before the leaders and the people and uttered God’s CONCESSION SPEECH.
He told them in verse 11, that the king would take your sons and place them in front of his chariots. Chariots were used in battles. Since he says, “take”…it wasn’t a volunteer army, they were initiating the DRAFT.
Samuel told them in verse 12, that the king would have many people to do his plowing and to take in the harvest. In other words, you’ll worker harder, longer for less money in your paycheck.
He said in verse 14, he will take the BEST of your fields and give them to his servants. In other words, the ruler king will use the people, not only to make himself wealthy but his crony friends as well.
Verse 15, states that the king will take “a tenth of your seed”; in verse 17, “and your flocks”, until you have to borrow in order to survive, ultimately becoming his servants. In other words, he’s going to use his executive order to put a “flat tax” upon all the people.
- Then the Lord said that you will cry out and He will NOT LISTEN!
Then people refused to listen to the prophet Samuel and still demanded a specific leader for the nation.
GOD’S CONTINGENCY PLAN!
I’m glad that we can still look to the Hills whence comes our help (Psalm 121).
Isaiah PROPHESIED when he wrote:
“for unto us a child is born, a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government there shall be no end.”
AND THE WORDS OF PAUL, 1 Thessalonians 5:3:
When people are saying, All is well and secure, and, There is peace and safety, then in a moment unforeseen, destruction (ruin and death) will come upon them as suddenly as labor pains come upon a woman with child, and they shall by no means escape, for there will be no escape.
In other words, there is no ‘political’ plan for PEACE in the world, except through Christ Jesus only!
When the LORD establishes His Kingdom, there will be:
- UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE – We will be given glorified bodies.
- UNIVERSAL EQUALITY – All men/women will be treated the same.
- UNIVERSAL PEACE – We’ll lay down our swords to study war no more.
- UNIVERSAL WEALTH – Mansions in the sky’ Walk the streets of gold.
And we’ll be able to say, “Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty we are free at last.”
CREDITS: See PART ONE https://theworddetective.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/be-careful-what…ask-for-part-one/