Mmmm spicy Chinese beef with Italian Farfalle & Parmesan Mmmm
I love cooking Fusion Food that mixes my Asian heritage with Aussie flavours!
But that’s not the only food that is mouth-watering.
At Bible College, I’m eating mouthfuls of Old Testament this semester.
4 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. 5 They said to him, ‘You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to leadus, such as all the other nations have.’ 6 But when they said, ‘Give us a king to lead us,’ this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord told him: ‘Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.’
1 Samuel 8:4-7
The book of 1 Samuel talks about Israel’s first king.
The elders of Israel don’t want a repeat of the anarchy when Israel was led by Judges.
So they ask Samuel for a king just like the neighbouring nations have.
This idolatrous request is a slap in the face of God as we read in the verses above.
Israel has rejected God as their king.
In the rest of chapter 8, God warns that a king will enslave and tax them.
The elders refuse to listen to wisdom and stubbornly repeat their request for a king.
Like other parts of the Old Testament, God gives the Israelites over to their sinful desires.
God is still sovereign: He uses kingship as a mechanism to judge and bless Israel.
So what does this mean for us today?
Verse 7 above reminds me of the popular Gospel tool: 2 Ways To Live.
God created the whole universe and is rightfully king over all peoples on earth.
But all humans reject God as their king.
Instead, we appoint ourselves as “king” and try to rule our own lives without God.
But we fail to rule the world properly and control our own lives.
God will punish us for our rebellion with death and judgement.
God sent Jesus to die in our place and take God’s punishment that we deserve.
God raised Jesus to life as King of the Universe and He will return to judge all people.
So we now have 2 choices:
1. Accept Jesus as our king and rely on his death to pay for our rebellion.
2. Continue as “king” and suffer the consequences of our rebellion: death and judgement.
Which way do you choose to live your life?
mmmm Bible mmmm