A lot of major, on-going themes are highlighted today. I’ll touch on a few, but let us know what else you observe.
1. When Israel decides they’re tired of being oppressed and mistreated they call Samuel to figure out what to do (which is their go-to cycle process, starting in judges and continuing for basically ever). Samuel says, “you can’t just cry about the problems you’ve had since turning from the Lord, you need to GET RID of all the things you tried to replace Him with.” (Side note: when we get to Kings, you’ll start wondering “what the heck is so cool about Baal?!” since Israel just cannot help but backslide to “him”, and I’ll do a thing about that.)
2. “Until now, the Lord has helped us.” (7:12) This is why we need that prayer journal. Keep track of God’s faithfulness! Each time Israel takes time to remember, they’re on the brink of a turnaround.
3. They want a king, so they can be just like everyone else. There’s a drill for this and it’s back in Deuteronomy 17:14-20. I encourage you to read it, because it will help you understand when and how a king is doing it right.
Chapter 8 kills me. Why do we prefer harsh human leaders to the Lord? Why, at our core, do we default to letting something or someone own us? Every other religion is about making it harder than it needs to be. And why this ancient and modern obsession with “being like everyone else?”
What does this look like for you?