This is part of Samuel’s “Farewell Address” to the people of Israel. He is often called “the last of the judges and the first of the prophets” because of the role he played when the nation transitioned into a monarchy. Samuel was raised up as a leader in Israel like the judges before him such as Gideon, Samson, and Jephthah. Although he held the respect of the Israelite people, they feared what would happen when he died, so they asked him to “appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.” Samuel then anointed Saul as the first king of Israel. Saul soon proved his worth to the people by rallying them to fight off a serious Ammonite threat. It is just after this battle, when Saul is beginning his kingship well and the people are united behind him, that Samuel calls the people to a national meeting to “renew the kingdom” (1 Samuel 11:14).
Samuel was not at all pleased that the people had requested a human king. As events would prove, his concerns were well-founded, because King Saul did not remain faithful to the Lord and his reign proved a disaster for the nation. It was not wrong for Israel to have a king – an Israelite kingship is anticipated in Deuteronomy 17 – but their motivation was wrong. They wanted a human king instead of recognizing the Lord as their king (1 Samuel 12:12).
Although Samuel suffered personal rejection at being replaced by a king, his spiritual concern for Israel continued. Although his official authority was diminished, he would continue his commitment to the spiritual well-being of the people of God. Am I that committed to the church of Jesus Christ?
Sermon preached Sunday, March 1, 2015
Pastor Richard C Klueg
2 Corinthians 4:5-6
Sermon preached Sunday, February 22, 2015
Pastor Richard C. Klueg
Why Don't They Get It?
2 Corinthians 4:3-4