Book of Samuel, Chapters 8 - 9


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1 Samuel 8-9. The Rise of Monarchy. Israel rejects the direct rule of God and instead choses to embrace a monarchy. God calls this a direct rebellion. It is considered equal to the sin of the Golden Calf. God speaks to Samuel and tells him to warn the nation of the evils that come with big centralized government (regardless of its form). Seven distinct examples of social, political and economical imbalances are given. God warns the people that the monster that they seek to create will eventually consume them, and that the Divine Hand will then be there to intervene and help them. The mess we make is the one we must clean up! Chapter 9 discusses the choice of Saul, the tall, dark and handsome, ideal image of what a king and ruler should be. The difference between a Seer and a Prophet and their roles among the people and in the face of big government.
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