Friday, May 29, 2009

I Samuel 8, and Our Present Day

In the eighth chapter of I Samuel, the people of Israel come to Samuel and demand that they be given a king to rule over them, so that they might be like the nations around them. [They apparently wanted a "change."] Samuel, realizing that this was neither the will of God nor a particularly good idea, gives them ample warning about the king they would receive, in these verses:

11 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.
12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.
13 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.
14 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.
15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.
16 And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.
17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.
18 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.
Notice the italicized and bold print words...and think about the "king" [i.e., president] we have in Washington D.C. today! He will take what's yours, and give it to his servants. Scary! And in verse 12, notice the phrase "his chariots," which reminded me of certain auto companies. Even the mention of taking "the tenth" sounds ominously like a national sales tax somehow....


Brenda Brough said...

Isn't that something? Thank you for pointing that passage out! LOVE it!

Conservative Canvas said...

I love how Scripture has never lost its relevency! After election day the verse I meditated on was Daniel 4:7, "The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of men."