OTS-5 - King Saul
“And the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them’” (1 Sam. 8:7). One of the saddest days in Israel’s history was when the people dethroned God and placed a fallible human (Saul) on the throne as their king. Welcome to our study of “King Saul—the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” We need to realize from the outset that God was not happy at the Israelites’ desire in asking for a king. We understand that through David and the others who followed him, Christ eventually came so that God could work His plan through that. But God never desired for the Israelites to have a king. How do we know that? Notice the words of Hosea 13:11—“I gave you a king in My anger, and took him away in My wrath.” God was angry at the people’s decision to ask for a king. The main reason for His answer was that they already had a king! Why did the Israelites need the human embodiment of a king when they already had God as their king? He was the same God Who had sent the plagues upon the Egyptians. He was the same God Who had led the people across the Red Sea as they came out of Egypt. He was the same God Who shook Mt. Sinai when the Covenant was given. That same God was still their King. There was no reason for the people to have another king. In fact, in 1 Samuel 8:11-18 God warned the people in great detail how that one day they would rue their decision to ask for a king. God told them that they would cry out, but it would be too late. And we see in 1 Samuel 19 that the people did exactly that when they realized they had sinned by asking for a king. Nevertheless, the people wanted a king. And they got a sad excuse for one in Saul.