1Sa 8:7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
1Sa 8:8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.
1Sa 8:16 And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.
1Sa 8:17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.
1Sa 8:18 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.
1Sa 8:19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;
1Sa 8:20 That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.
This text shows us the Jews never did fully follow the lord after the great exodus deliverance. They were serving other gods up to this time. They had reformations, they had a few holy years, but far and few between. They, like people today, wanted a king, no matter what, they wanted to be like all the other nations, all the other people, they wanted a king to wage and carry out war, so they would not have to.
Military rule, and not the rule of the lord King Jehovah is what they wanted, they got it, and regretted it. In this we can see the Church, wanting to have their king, things of the world in the Church, they want to be just like the world, false gods, false doctrine and all. This is costly to truth, separation and holiness. The lack of true is the ruin of modern day Christianity, you can not even tell most Christians are Christians, they dress the same, do the same, hang out in the same places.
Now the weak Church that stands with no authority, in compromise, and looking for someone, anyone to fight their battles, spiritual ones , “you do it all minister, we do not want to bother, we do not want to do anything, but live life and have fun”. Sadly; many Pastors are giving them just what they want. The lord has been rejected as rightful King of lives and now the church is plunder
d, and all that is left is spiritual weakness.
This return of the king is not our lord, but the other king, the world. How the lord desires to be your all in all, he so wishes to be your soul source, but many will not have it so. Preachers of righteousness and holiness feel this pain, but the Worldly Church is not rejecting such men of God, they are rejecting King Jesus.
Yes this return of the worldly King is all that was promised then, and all in the now . We should cry out, repent and come out from among them and say, 'lord come, come into my life, be the king and lord of my life, the other king is a tyrant, and I chose the wrong way. Return mighty lord, and you will, in us, fight spiritual battles. You alone will rule in the hearts in Justice.'
Many have had enough of this modern day return of the king of the world, some people want more, if that is you, return today and let the return of the true king reign in your hearts this very day, it will make a world of difference.
The other thing about the other king, in our text is this, they would lose a tenth of the crops, seed, children taken for the kings service, this is what the worldly king is doing today, the tenth of what you have, your peace, joy, blessing, the devil steals, kills and destroys, as does this worldly king, and so there is a price to pay for embracing the wrong king. The other true king is the opposite, he gives joy, peace, blessing, hope, bounce to your step, grace, loving-kindness, why would anyone want the other king? Because to follow the true king will cost you, time in prayer and the word, time to help others, pouring yourself out and not living for yourself anymore, but for the king.
The trade off is not worth it, exchanging your glory for an idol, a broken cistern that can hold no water at all. The real king, gives living water, it flows out of our bellies, it brings life to the dead, it brings refreshing, it brings healing and a sound mind. I think it is much better to see in the life of the bride the return of the king that will give us a holy kiss and embrace, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, he beloved, is the king we seek to return to this world, and be enthroned in our hearts .
'Even so lord Jesus come quickly'