During the time of Samuel, why did the people of Israel desire a king?
Saul, David, and Solomon are the most well-known kings of Israel, and the common attribute that each king either excelled in or struggled with was obedience. Obedience is what God asked from each king; unfortunately, not every king obeyed the commands of the Lord. Originally, they were not supposed to a king, but the people of Israel did not trust God and wanted to follow other nations. Samuel at the time was getting old and decided to appoint his sons Joel and Abijah as the leaders of Israel. However, Samuels sons did not follow their father’s ways, and chased after material gains in dishonest ways such as bribery. The elders of Israel were aware of what was going on with Samuels sons and believed it was time for Israel to have an appointed king. Samuel did not like the idea of having a king, so he prayed to God, and God said told him to appoint a king, for the people of Israel wanted to copy other nations, and rejected God as their king. Because the people did not trust God, they showed disobedience, and appointed a king named Saul. Ed Hindson and Gary Yates, who wrote The Essence of the Old testament: Survey, best explains best explains how the people of Israel only cared about the outer appearance, while God focuses on the heart (164)
Why was Saul chosen, and, ultimately, why was he rejected?
When Saul, the son of Kish, was sent by his father to look for donkey, Saul and his servant decided to visit…