Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Israel's Elders Request a King (1 Samuel 8:4-7)

Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,
And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord.
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.

Note: John Gill says of the elders: "these were the heads of the tribes, and fathers of the houses and families of Israel, the principal persons of age and authority ..." 

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