Death By King
In the eighth chapter of the book of Samuel, the people told Samuel that you are getting too old and your sons do not follow in your ways. Therefore give us a king to judge over us. This trouble Samuel immensely so he went to the Lord to inquire. And this is what God said in Samuel 8:7; and the Lord said unto Samuel hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto the for they have not rejected thee but they have rejected me that I should not reign over them.
Now take a look at what was said closely. God said they have rejected me that I should not reign over them. This the very place that we are in today. Too many of us have forgotten the importance of our commitment to a God of all creation, and we desire to follow men of political stature. Men who have a form of godliness declaring his name but doing and saying things that we know are contrary to the will of the God of all creation. But because of the lust of our intellect and our financial accomplishment we embrace them as being upright, even above the directives of God
But with every fork in the road decision there is a repercussion. It doesn't matter if you take the right turn all the wrong turn there's always a price to pay. The price could be the sacrifice of obedience to reward, or the darkness of rebellion to recompense. But God not interfering with man's free will allowed them to have a man to judge over them. The remainder of chapter 8 declared what God said would be the result of trusting man over Him
10 And Samuel told all the words of the Lord unto the people that asked of him a king.
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 olive yards, 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.
19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;
20 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.
21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the Lord.
22 And the Lord said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.
The most important part of this chapter is found in verse seven when God told Samuel that they have not rejected you they have rejected me. The impartation of the Holy Spirit allowed us to no longer walk a life of trying to follow God, but it empowered us to invite him in to be an integral part of our everyday lives. But for many of us the idea of allowing an inner voice of truth to supersede our intellectual and physical loss just can't be comprehended. It's like the mother who has a son without a job that comes home giving her hundreds of dollars as well as buying groceries and she ignores the reality of the fact that he's doing something illegal. But when he's arrested for drug dealing and physical violence the only thing that she can say is my son is a good boy.
Let me reiterate every fork in the Roe decision that you make is going to have a repercussion be it good or bad. The people of Israel had no idea what was going to befall them in order that they might get what they wanted, which was a man to lead them in place of a sovereign God. Eventually even the man that came to lead them grew to reject the directors of God (I Samuel 15). The scenario ends in chapter 28 when Saul found himself pitted against the Philistines. He first sought the directive of the Lord from whom he received no answer. He then went to the priests and the prophets who could not give him a word to eases fears.
Unable to find answers Saul now violated his own law which eliminated from the kingdom all those that would speak to the dead and he consulted a soothsayer. I recommend that you read the entire 28th chapter, but here is the conversation between Saul and Samuel when Samuel was called forward from the grave.
15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.
16 Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the Lord is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy?
17 And the Lord hath done to him, as he spake by me: for the Lord hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even to David:
18 Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the Lord, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the Lord done this thing unto thee this day.
19 Moreover the Lord will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the Lord also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.
Here we not only find that the final outcome of the rebellious fleshly nature of man is death, but we also see that the reward of them that follow him is bondage. The people were animate in the expression of the fact that they wanted a man to rule over them, even above the sovereignty of God. And in the end their man fell and they were overtaken by the enemies. The Scriptures tell us curses the man a trusted and man, but when it looks like man is going to give us what we want we will follow them for the sake of our fleshly and intellectual desires. Even when we can clearly see that they are not of godly nature. In this past year there has been so much spiritual deception running rampant throughout the nation.
I have had discussions with many where evident truths were brought up, but rejected for the purpose of self sustaining viewpoint. From coronavirus to the political perspectives that we have witnessed in this past year, too many of us have proven that it is not the truth of God that we desire but the opinion or falsehoods of men. The Lord is given free will to all men to do as they choose. But when you make a proclamation of accepting, believing, and trusting the spirit of the living God, by what would you go back on that? Choose this day whom you shall serve for man cannot serve two masters he will love one and hate the other. Who is truly the master of your life is at the God of all creation, or is it the ability of man that stands before you to fulfill your every wish. I say this one thing. Even as God proclaimed who the king would be before the people, revealing all that he would take, take, and take; so is it today if you dare to trust in man.