By Al R. Hodges
Retired IMB Missionary
I Samuel, chapters 8-11, provide the account of how Israel transitioned from being led by judges into a monarchy led by a king. Judges were used by God as national leaders for the 12 tribes of Israel. However, there came a time when they wanted to be like the nations surrounding them. They demanded a king.
Samuel had been a very good judge, but he was growing old. His two sons that he had hoped would replace him chose to live for personal gain, even to the point of taking bribes and perverting justice (I Samuel 8:1-3). The elders of Israel were concerned for national leadership. They approached Samuel with two problems and a proposed solution. Samuel was old, and would soon die. His sons had proven themselves unfit to succeed him. Therefore, “make us a king, like all the other nations have” (I Samuel 8:5). [Read more…]