Ok… you might be a mom to littles if your first thought was Frozen! Am I right? That was mine!
But seriously- today in my quiet time it was coronation day! Saul’s coronation...
I have been reading through 1 Samuel for the last couple of weeks and it has been great. I have previously heard several of the stories, but to read it as a collective book has been so impactful!
Quick history lesson: Samuel was a prophet and the son of Hannah and Elkanah. Hannah is the woman who was barren and prayed and asked the Lord to bless her with a son whom she would then give back to the Lord. I am sure there are women reading this now who have either prayed a prayer similar to Hannah’s or know someone who has. It was a powerful prayer because it was done in complete humility. She could not have children and acknowledged her need for God to intervene. She prayed, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of my life…”
Two things: 1) she refers to herself repeatedly as a maidservant to show her humility and dependence on God and 2) she asks specifically (we need to pray more specifically) for a MALE to perpetuate the name of her husband.
Fast forward- God answers her prayer, and boom there’s Samuel! …And then Hannah had additional children after that as well, because God does things BIG.
Ok-back to coronation day. In Samuel’s day up until this point there had been judges who upheld the law and prophets who were regarded very highly as they were given direct words from God. But guess what? The Israelites were over it. They were over judges. They wanted a king. Why did they want a king? Because eeeeeverybody else had one.
Now doesn't THAT sound familiar? They wanted something because everyone else had it. Here’s where I started my questioning cycle with the Lord…Are we still so much the same? Yes! We do the same thing. Our kids do the same thing. This WORLD does the same thing!
We want what everybody else has, because we think it will be sooo much better than what we currently have. For the Israelites, it was a king.
Now-something to understand… switching from judges to a king would COMPLETELY change their form of government. Completely. Did they know that? Yep! In 1 Samuel 8, Samuel even says to them, ok you want a king? It’s gonna be crazy, and you’re gonna be dealing with a whole new system. Your best will now be HIS (the king’s) best. Your best food, animals, property, men, women, etc. So you still want a king?
….yep! (insert eye roll)
THESE PEOPLE! They were even warned and yet, there they were singing the “give us a king” song all day long.
…but there was more to it than that. See, they already had a king. The Lord, the God of Israel who brought them out of Egypt, He was their king. But they didn’t get that. They wanted a king who they could see, hear, smell, touch…they weren't satisfied with the King of all Kings, nope. They needed a man.
Again- doesn’t this sound so familiar? We do that same thing. We as Christians have access and direct communication to the source of all things and yet, often times, it’s not enough. Ouch! As I type that it hurts me to even think we are (I am) like that, but we are (I am). Forgive us, Father. Help us to not want our own way so badly that we seek the things and the people who will fail us and fade away.
OK- fast forward a bit more and we have Saul who God told Samuel to appoint as king. Samuel tells Saul and it’s finally coronation day! You would think that Samuel would give this elaborate, special speech to send Saul off into his kingship, but instead, he addresses (reprimands) Israel one more time. Samuel reminds them of their history and all the Lord has done for them and the ways in which they have been wicked, even in desiring this king. Saul is literally becoming king and Samuel is declaring it a form of rebellion against God! He is insuring the Israelites that if they and their king serve and obey the Lord, they will find favor. But if they turn to their own ways, His hand will be against them. Seems like a basic concept, right? …it is! But how many times had they been told this same story? Sheesh. Lots. Samuel closes by telling them that he will continue to pray for them and teach them the way that is right.
So overall- there are a few things that come to mind at the close of this coronation:
Like I said, this story could preeeeetty much be taken out and put into today’s society and measure up pretty well. We still do so much of this today. Especially in politics. (yikes!) We live in a world that is rejecting the one true God and following after other “gods” or idols much like in Samuel’s day. So if we are like the Israelite people in desiring things we don’t really need and then begging and promising to do whatever is required in order to get what we want but don’t really need…who are the Samuels? Are you a Samuel? Are you sold out to obedience, speaking truth, and praying for those who make unwise decisions? It’s an interesting thought. It’s an important thought. Cause guess what? God’s grace and mercy are still the same and they’re still available to all people, but not all people know that. We, as Samuels, can be the speakers of truth, the examples of obedience, and the extension of God’s grace to those who need it most. Think about it!
With love & laughter,
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