April 11, 2008
Breadcrumb: Have I mentioned this is a bad idea?
1 Sam. 12 is Samuel's farewell speech. (Even though he reappears throughout the book, he gives his official retirement speech early.) One of the things he makes sure to point out is that asking for a king is, in no uncertain terms, still a bad idea. He even sends thunder and rain at harvest-time, just to show the people what a bad idea it is. He softens the blow only slightly by telling the people that if both they and the king continue to obey and worship God, everything will be all right. But if they don't, God will turn away from them just like he turned away from their ancestors. Can you see what's coming over the next few hundred years? Bonus points to whoever says that "everything being all right" is not looking likely.