The Three Kings of Israel.docx

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The Three Kings By Jerome Schroder BIBL 105-B01 This essay is going to be on the first three kings of Israel. The questions that will be answered are: During the time of Samuel, why did the people of Israel desire a king? Why was Saul chosen, and ultimately, why was he rejected? What attribute did David display that made him a better king than Saul? And finally what sin did Solomon commit that ultimately led to the division of Israel after his death? Prior to the time of Samuel, Israel was ruled by judges but as time went on, the leadership of the judges was proving to be ineffective so therefore the nation of Israel was wanting a king to rule over the people. There are several reasons why Israel wanted a king. Although Samuel’s sons, Joel and Abijah were appointed judges over Israel, neither one of them were fit to be the king of Israel because of their greed for money. The 12 tribes of Israel could not seem to work together so the people thought that if they had a king then all the tribes would come together as one nation. Finally the people of Israel wanted to be like the nations around them. This was going against Gods original plan for His people. It was not wrong for the people of Israel to want a king but the problem was that they wanted a king for the wrong reason. According to Dr. Ed Hindson, he said, “When God finally gives you what you want, sometimes it turns out to be what you didn’t really want at all”. In other words, be careful what you wish for.
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