Samuel 8 & the Monarchy

[Samuel’s reputation grew after the fulfilment of his prophecy, and eventually he became leader, “judged Israel all the days of his life.”]

When Samuel became old, he made his sons judges over Israel… Yet his sons did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after gain; they took bribes and perverted justice.

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint for us a king to govern us like all the nations.”

But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to govern us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord.

And the Lord said to Samuel, “Hearken to the voice of the people in what they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. According to all the deeds they have done to me from the day I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. Now, then, hearken to their voice; but you shall solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall rule over them.”

So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking a king from him. He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: He will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen, and to run before his chariots; and he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. He will take your menservants and maidservants, and the best of your cattle and your asses, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves.

“And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”

But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; and they said, “No! But we will have a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles.”

And when Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the ears of the Lord.

And the Lord said to Samuel, “Hearken to their voice, and make them a king.” Samuel then said to the men of Israel, “Go every man to his city.”

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  1. “When Samuel became old, he made his sons judges over Israel… Yet his sons did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after gain; they took bribes and perverted justice.”So the Bible proves Darwinian evolution and mutations (and mutable fidelity)? And the Bible disproves Lamarck on acquired characteristics? Sorry for my perverse subject change. And perverse it is. Truth is, I’m sad. Aching. Sorrowful. Hell-bent. That Samuel’s sons leaned no better from Eli’s. That if even a Quaker (hereabouts) could open widely in spirit beyond Quaker-bias (some Quaker-bias) to see God judging Eli’s sons – then why can’t Samuel’s sons so learn? It’s just a world of ache. And pain. I need to be sent the Comforter. Again. Before I read how the monarchist butterflies beat their wings to make the hell-storm hurricane worse …Cheers,Jim

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