The people of Israel wanted a king.
To have a king was a sign of power.
To have a king was a sign that you had arrived as a nation.
To have a king meant that you were a people to be reckoned with.
The prophet Samuel warned the people – you don’t want a king. A king will take the best of your vineyards and fields and orchards through taxation. A king will take your daughters as his perfumers and bakers and cooks. A king will make your sons his soldiers and horsemen and commanders. Let me warn you – you will rue the day that you asked for a king. Continue reading