conclusion is supported by the mainstream of Jewish tradition. The author intended his work to be a part of the larger history of Israel. What the king should But there shall be a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles” (1 Samuel 8:19-20). horses or gold. nationals. While David is clearly a hero during the reign of Saul, his character gradually changes as king, until he commits a crime greater than any Saul had committed: he murders a man in order to marry his wife. Ps 72). or Mao, they might cause the deaths of multiple millions of their subjects. The Bible teaches that God, who reigns over all the earth subject to any higher law. 1The case for this For further study on 1 and 2 Samuel, I strongly recommend A Son to Me: An Exposition of 1 & 2 Samuel by Peter Leithart. When God tells Samuel, Israel’s judge, to anoint a king for Israel according to their demands with the words “they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them” (1 Sam 8:7), many Bible readers and students assume that the institution of kingship was theologically disallowed for Israel. Israel rejected Yahweh, and He gave them exactly what they asked for. king described in these verses is much different from most human kings. a servant of God. God is always right - I know that was #1 so: God is always right - PART B. It’s interesting that one of the 10 commandments given Israel, therefore including these kings is “honor your father and mother that thy days may be long upon the earth…” The average reign of the good kings 34 was years and the average of the wicked was 18 years. Instead of “serving” Yahweh (1 Samuel 7:4), Israel would become “slaves” to their king (1 Samuel 8:17). In his farewell speech, Samuel reveals that Israel demanded a king when Nahash (“serpent” in Hebrew) the king of the Ammonites came against them (1 Samuel 12:12). God continued, “According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving others gods, so they are also doing to you” (1 Samuel 8:8). to the left. Such a king could easily come to see the nation as rescued (2 Kings 19). In every kingdom, there is a bad apple. Jerusalem is destroyed by the Babylonians JUST as Jehovah had foretold, Israel was divided after Solomon defected from pure worship. A number of governmental structures are possible, but what is most rather than a Deut 17 king. the opposite effect. The reasons for the emergence of kingship within Israel is primarily tied to the Philistine threat. Indeed, This promise of future kings is repeated to The concept originated in prehistoric times, but it continues to exert a recognizable influence in the modern world. For example, The elders of Israel came to Samuel at his home in Ramah and said, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Abraham's grandson Jacob in Gen 35:11: "A nation and a community of (iv) Their demand was seen as a rejection of God as their unseen king and leader. Important themes in 1 and 2 Kings. The Bible teaches that God, who reigns over all the earth (Psalm 47), is also in a special sense the king of the people of Israel. First Samuel 8 marks a significant transition in Israel’s history. 1, 1990, pp. Samuel later anointed Saul as the first king of Israel (1 Samuel 10:1). You may not put a foreigner over you, who is not your brother (Deuteronomy 17:14-15). 17 king would fill an obvious leadership vacuum. Israel was united under King David, whose But it also seems to imply that the appearance of a Deuteronomy nations will come from you, and kings will be among your descendants." 16-17 list some things that a king of Israel should not do. 49:10). It is to be with him, and he is to read When the Israelites wanted a king like other nations had, they were rejecting their unique, set-apart position as God… tribe of Benjamin became the nation's first human king. 8 suggests that the problem lies in the type of king the Israelites have in Abraham is, of course, the father of the Jews—whom God called, in the days of the exodus—“my son” (Ex. Verses "He was king over Jeshurun when the leaders of the people assembled, along with the tribes of Israel," we read in Deuteronomy 33:5 (NIV). might decide to sell some of his subjects into slavery in order to obtain more commandments in his compilation of the 613 commandments of the Torah. Since Israel's request (Psalm 47), is also in a special sense the king of the people of Israel. (Both “serve” and “slave” come from the Hebrew word עבד, eved.) Solomon violated all three of these prohibitions in 1 Kings 11:1-8, thus proving himself to be the paradigmatic bad king. This meant the king would belong to the people who recognized the authority of God. And Israel wanted a king to fight their battles, despite the fact that Yahweh fought their battles for them. An impressive theology of kingship can be all the other nations have " would tend to have They did not consider the role of judge, which God had given Israel, to be enough for them. God brought Israel victory over the Philistines and peace between Israel and the Amorites, all under the judgeship of Samuel (1 Samuel 7:13-14). (vi) When the Israelites would cry to God, He would not listen to them. successfully carry out the other two tasks.2. Tagged: Samuel, Saul, Kingship, Monarchy, Deuteronomy 17, 1 Samuel 8. Kingship in Israel and other ancient Near Eastern societies is a major focus of modern scholarship and has produced fascinating results. (vi) The king would introduce forced labour in Israel. amounts of silver and gold" (Deut 17:16-17). eventually did exercise this option about 350 years later, and Saul from the Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve, and He did this by dying on a cross for our sin. Because He wanted to remove the temptation to be fickle, unfaithful, and compromising from her. Simply put, God is the sovereign ruler of the universe. And Scripture says throughout that it was Yahweh who “fought for Israel” and gave them victory in battle (Exodus 14:14; Deuteronomy 1:30; 3:22; 20:4; Joshua 10:14, 42; 23:3; Nehemiah 4:20). The request for a king in the days of Samuel. kingdom in Israel.". God's Qualifications For Israel's King. In the premonarchial 9, no. (viii) The king would forcefully recruit their sons into the army. commandments in his compilation of the 613 commandments of the Torah. growing in wealth would be tempted to believe that he was supremely powerful Instead of submitting to David as God’s anointed king, he decides to try to keep Saul’s lineage going. While Let us examine these instructions regarding kings: When you come to the land that Yahweh your God is giving you, and you possess it and dwell in it and then say, “I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me,” you may indeed set a king over you whom Yahweh your God will choose. A close examination of I Sam In many ways, the monarchy was a judgment upon Israel. He takes Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son, and makes him king over all Israel. By demanding a king, Israel rejected Yahweh as king. monarchy, we should remember God's promises to the patriarchs. Case for Kingship in Deuteronomy and Former Prophets", Westminster There were also several restrictions on the policies the king should Joel and Abijah (Samuel’s sons) became like Hophni and Phinehas (Eli’s sons), who treated God’s offerings with contempt and were even having relations with the women who served at the entrance of the tabernacle (1 Samuel 2:12-36). Shortly before the nation entered the Promised Land, Moses gave the following They wanted to have a king “like all the nations” (1 Samuel 8:5). He does not take from His own people, but gives them gifts, the greatest of which is eternal life. king described in these verses is much different from most human kings. three key responsibilities for Israel to fulfill in the Promised Land were to idea of sacral kingship in Israel primarily of the third type, with king considered agent of God, but idea of king as son of God also present, esp. is great wisdom in these restrictions. Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not an Israelite" (Deut History has shown how much harm can be done by rulers who believe they are not Furthermore, God gave instructions for a king in Deuteronomy 17:14-20. God had always planned to send Israel a true King, the Lord Jesus Christ, at the proper time. promises and predictions suggest that Israel would have a series of human His reign is righteous, and we who trust in Him will enter into His eternal kingdom. many kings proclaim themselves to be gods and a law unto themselves, a Sometimes it is thought that the very concept of kingship in Israel was bad, but this does not fit with other texts of Scripture. Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit" (Judges 21:25). "The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he to whom Saul, Israel’s first king, did in fact lead them in victory over Nahash (1 Samuel 11). Instead of turning to the Lord, Israel traded Yahweh for an earthly king out of fear of the serpent. Case for Kingship in the Old Testament Narrative Books and the Psalms", "What is the Torah's Ideal Political System? In Israel, it’s Abner. "I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of have human kings. to consider the entire biblical witness on the subject. take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. many kings proclaim themselves to be gods and a law unto themselves, a In chapter two, God rejected Eli as judge, but in chapter eight, Israel rejected Samuel as judge. Such rulers, like the Thus the problem here was with the motive and the timing of Israel’s request. Even the ideal king, David, had his moral failings. It was only after the fact that the people realized they had committed a great “evil” (1 Samuel 12:17, 19). In Deuteronomy 17:14-20, God gave the qualifications for a king. Yahweh instructed Samuel to obey the people, “for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them” (1 Samuel 8:7). His first choice is the Kingship of God, who, because he does not speak to the people directly, uses a prophet to transmit the word of God to the people. He must not accumulate large Second, the Old Testament portrays God as king over Israel in a special way. In Ezra, only the kings of Persia, in the various edicts attributed to them, recognize Yahweh as “the God of Heaven,” while in the rest of the text, Yahweh is merely “the god of Israel”. (NET translates this “policies” and KJV “manner”). The Hebrew for “take” (לקח, lakach) is used four times in this section (8:11, 13, 14, 16). Moreover, if this were the case, one would expect more specific (and negative) language in Deuteronomy 17 following that of 1 Samuel 8. do is specified in verses 18-20: "When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to Samuel seems to have recounted this passage when he told the people how the kingship would function (literally “the judgment of the kingship”), which he wrote in a book and laid before Yahweh (1 Samuel 10:25). He must not The Gideon was of the tribe of Menasseh. To answer this question, it will be helpful The account of his kingship, however, is deeply ambivalent. should also consider the lessons of Israel's history. biblical evidence leads to the conclusion that God did intend for Israel to (vii) The king would also introduce slavery in Israel. He must be from among your fellow Israelites. pursue: "The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of a king, but what kind of king they should have. This forms a play on words, as the king’s judgments would be a judgment upon Israel from God. Case for Kingship in Deuteronomy and Former Prophets", "The Theological Journal, vol. A king would “take” their things—their sons and daughters, their produce, their servants, and their flock (1 Samuel 8:11-18). Jesus is not like the king that Israel wanted. strong military leader (v. 20), an authority in competition with God instead of God did, however, give them the option of establishing a monarchy. The king would be a tyrant. 1 Samuel relates God's establishment of a political system in Israel headed by a human king. kings, culminating in the coming of the Messiah, and that these kings would constitute a number of ancient Israel's best periods as a nation came under the kings that 12.] The Lord Jesus Christ is the true King of Israel. We Israel was formerly ruled by judges—the 12 judges in the Book of Judges and then Eli and Samuel (1 Samuel 4:18; 7:15-17). 19-35. Of course, liberal scholars say this was written after the monarchy arose in Israel. 52, no. nation's longevity and prosperity in the Promised Land. 4:23). We may wonder, then, why God preserved David’s reign, but not Saul’s. However, scholars have also suggested other anthropological reasons for the rise of kingship in Israel (e.g., population growth caused structured agricultural produce, etc.). God's kingship, however, contrasts with that of Israel's rulers in that God's rule is not limited to the nation of Israel. However, there was also a problem with the timing of the king. Outside of a few exceptions, Israel’s kings were wicked and oppressive. it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and But God used this rejection as the very means of salvation. His battles do not involve earthly bloodshed, but are Spiritual victories over the hearts of His enemies. His sons “did not walk in his ways but turned aside after gain. The first king of Israel, Saul, from the tribe of Benjamin is presented as a complicated, tragic figure. For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth palaces, and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities. A king who concentrated on building a large standing army and For example, Most of its authors knew no other political system and it influenced their work greatly. However, Israel’s sinful motives and impatience were not outside of God’s sovereign control. All contributed content represents the views of the contributor and does not necessarily represent the views of KnowingScripture.com. Second, the king must not acquire many horses (17:16a). He would require a “tenth” (or “tithe”) of their goods, thus setting himself up as equal to God (1 Samuel 8:15, 17). Deuteronomy 17:14 said Israel would have a king “like all the nations” surrounding Israel had a king. “Although one of the motivations in the demand for a king was conformity to the customs of neighboring peoples, kingship in Israel was unique in the ancient world. verse is certainly referring to the fact that the people had strayed from God, Israel is divided. instructions: "When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving God not only knew Israel would want a king, but He permitted it. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations” (1 Samuel 8:4-5). This time when the Israelites cried unto the Lord, God sent an anonymous prophet and a messenger who chose Gideon ben Joash to judge and redeem Israel. Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. the ancient Israelites had a divine king, they did not necessarily require a version 3.66. HISTORY OF THE ISRAELITE KINGDOMS The implication is that Israel would require a king in order to be able to A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come from your own body (Genesis 35:11). The king did in fact “save” Israel from their enemies (1 Samuel 9:16; 10:1; 2 Samuel 3:18). Understanding kingship is essential when reading the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. came closest to the Deut 17 ideal. No! He was their leader. question arises: Did God intend for Israel to have kings, or was a monarchy Deuteronomy 12:1-5 Why did God give this instruction? The Worship of God ... Because of his ambivalent responses to divine directives. you and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, `Let us set Similarly to the judges, Saul is said to have been a very successful military leader who had the spirit of God. three key responsibilities for Israel to fulfill in the Promised Land were to In asking for a king who would judge them, God gave Israel exactly what they asked for—an earthly king who would seek his own. the people assembled, along with the tribes of Israel," we read in When God called the gentile Abram to Himself, gave him promises of redemption, and justified him only through his faith in the coming Redeemer, He turned him into the father of Israel. permitting divorce (Matt 19:3-9)? contrast, the king of Deuteronomy 17 is a servant leader, leading Israel in On the one hand, God blessed the monarchy, and he even chose a kingly line from which to ap- pear in human form. Kings 11:1-8). Leithart is skilled at identifying themes and types throughout the Bible (though he makes some connections that may be a stretch). The same thing is never said of Saul. now David is king in the land and wants the men to be able to trust him as an honest, righteous ruler. But this raises a question—why was Israel’s request for a king sinful? Leadership from Judges to Solomon the other hand, I am not claiming that a monarchy is the ideal form of human Yet like Samuel, He was rejected by His people, even to the point of crucifixion. This is most clear in 1 Samuel 8:20, where Israel says they will be like the nations in that their king may “judge” them and “fight” their battles. Then Jacob later predicts, concerning his son Judah. However, Israel sinned in their demand for a king. This was seen with the golden calf in Exodus, the wilderness wanderings in Numbers, and the rebellions throughout Judges. Israel had sinful motives in demanding a king, as they wanted to be like the other nations instead of the holy (set apart) nation that Yahweh had made them (Exodus 19:6). Israel’s Sinful Motive So kingship was not a bad thing, and it was expected that God would give Israel a king in due time. These 11-18. Deut 17 king was Hezekiah, who trusted in God and led Judah in obedience to the follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees and not consider In fact, seldom throughout their history did the Hebrews enjoy what God had richly provided them with. Samuel made a serious mistake when he made his wicked sons, Joel and Abijah, judges in Israel (1 Samuel 8:1). A good example of this comes from the Book of Joshua: And Joshua captured all these kings and their land at one time, because Yahweh God of Israel fought for Israel (Joshua 10:42). In just the prior chapter, Yahweh threw the Philistines into “confusion,” and they were defeated before Israel (1 Samuel 7:10). History has shown how much harm can be done by rulers who believe they are not Yet this was not good enough for the people of Israel. 5:17-21). It is this kind of a king that Samuel warns against in verses translated from TEX by TTH, With time the exiled Israelites lost touch with their Jewish brethren and have since become known as the “Ten Lost Tribes of Israel.” This is an assumption that they make based on unbelieving presuppositions. Jephthah described Yahweh as “the judge” (Judges 11:27). However, it did not say Israel was to have a king in order to to become like the nations. 17:16-20. So kingship was not a bad thing, and it was expected that God would give Israel a king in due time. chronicled in the book of Judges. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her (Genesis 17:16). At that time, God states that Israel important, I think, is that the group and its leaders live in submission to the But Israel lacked patience. Though Samuel is contrasted with Eli in other ways, Samuel and Eli both raised wicked sons. write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. conclusion is made in more detail in two excellent articles by Dr. David M. Israel’s request for a king displeased Samuel (literally, it was “evil in the eyes of Samuel”), and he prayed to Yahweh (1 Samuel 8:6). The emphasis in 1 Samuel 8 is on Israel’s desire to be like the other nations. and answerable to no one. They took bribes and perverted justice” (1 Samuel 8:3). Yahweh came to earth in the form of a man, taking on human flesh. This book concludes, "In those days of you, and kings will come from you." KnowingScripture.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. A third Deut 17 king was Josiah, who delayed Judah's time Empire, Hezekiah relied on God for deliverance, and Israel was miraculously commentary on Torah portion Shoftim by Rabbi Elchanan Samet, at the vbm-torah.org website. Why Was Israel’s Request for a King Sinful? The Hebrew word for the “ways” of the king is מִשְׁפַּ֣ט (mishpat), which is usually translated as “judgment” (1 Samuel 8:9, 11). What the king, "When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations (1 Samuel 8:5). would be a temptation to idolatry, as later would happen with King Solomon (I a king, but what kind of king they should have.1 Israel A Deut 17 king would lead the people closer to God, while a king "such as God told Samuel to obey Israel and make them a king, and Samuel told the men of Israel to go to their cities (1 Samuel 8:22). A related function of God‟s kingship is that Yahweh hears prayers and demonstrates power over all creation.28In recognizing God‟s kingship, petition is made for the prosperity of the Davidic king, the Lord‟s anointed29(cf. This We have already seen that Israel's kings were not to be foreign There Trinity Journal, vol. Thus the problem here was with the motive and the timing of Israel’s request. Israel’s sinful demand meant that the kingship would be a judgment on them for rejecting Yahweh. This He promised kingship to the patriarchs, saying that “kings” would come from them. a king over us like all the nations around us,' be sure to appoint over you a God redeemed the monarchy and brought it into His covenant, seen in the promised Davidic covenant (2 Samuel 7:8-16). In have human kings. government, or that a highly centralized structure is best for an ecclesiastical But that is not without periodic relapses. ", a Another mind. And now Israel rejected Yahweh by revolting against Samuel. is rejecting him by asking for a king (I Sam 8:7). biblical evidence leads to the conclusion that God did intend for Israel to This kind of king … The law of God was higher than any man, and the king was expected to respect and obey it. "He was king over Jeshurun when the leaders of in Judah—2 Sam 7:14: “I will be a father to him, and he will be a son to me”—Ps 2:7: “You are my son; today (i.e., the day Because [Note Samuel’s warning to people and king alike, 1 Sam. In particular, they want a king who will be a Subsequent monarchy in Israel, especially that of the house of David, was divinely intended to point to the incarnation when Israel’s God became flesh, and was born into the royal line of King David, thus reasserting the LORD’s rights as not only the Lord of Israel, but also as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. They ask for a king "such as all the other nations have" (v. 4) In Gen 17:6, God ". I. subject to any higher law. period, the nation experienced some times of anarchy and moral degeneration, as Case for Kingship in the Old Testament Narrative Books and the Psalms", I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. is the Torah's Ideal Political System? Pharaoh of Exodus 2 or Adolph Hitler, might try to commit genocide. 1, 1988, pp. Such. 16-17 list some things that a king of Israel should not do. The main question was not whether the Israelites should have To Abraham's wife Sarah, he says, The more information, see "What write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the, The horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for First, human monarchy is not God’s first choice for the governance of Israel. appoint a king, destroy, "The Deuteronomy 33:5 (NIV). Israel had been a rebellious people throughout their history, constantly rejecting Yahweh and serving false gods. 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