Here we are. At the final point of separation.
Its been a journey and I hope you have seen the scriptures with some new light and now look at God a bit differently than before (I hope sincerely).
Today I would simply like to close off the old testament, then we will basically relook at everything we have walked through from a birds eye view (if you could call it something).
Jumping right into it. You should have read up until part 4 by now (if not, at a later stage I will add the links in this post as I am a bit pressed for time today)
Samuel was what we could call a ruling Prophet. He was the last of the judges that the scriptures speak about. He had the respect of the whole nation of Israel. His sons however, left much to be desired. And the people of Israel gathered around Samuel one day and……1 Samuel vs 5-7 “… Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations. But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, ‘Give us a king to judge us.’ And Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.”
Its what I call a second degree of separation. Now we know that the people have already decided that they didn’t want to hear God directly, now its even one step further away. Not just not listening to God about life, they request a human king. This allows for the rule of the land to be stipulated by a law that is not necessarily God’s law. Now there are 2 intermediaries in terms of lawful instruction. In fact now there is one that does not have to listen to God, because the king has a choice to listen to the prophets or not as one will realise if you read scripture further.
Remember my question I asked you to keep in mind when reading all this? What does God really want?
I think its pretty clear that God was hurt in the process hear, since He expresses rejection at their request. But nevertheless, He gives the people what they want. Words cannot describe the tragedy that happened that day. We have never recovered fully from it. I don’t even think we realise the trouble that caused.
Here is where we will end off the old testament. I want to go on here, but its commentary and not scripture. I want you to see that its all in the scripture first before I explain. And I want you to start analysing this for yourself and maybe question too…..
Next week we start looking at how we got here and begin putting it all in perspective.
Until next week……