WHAT HAS RELIGION DONE FOR MANKIND?
prophet the Israelites made a serious compromise on the matter of form of government . Till then they had no visible human king . At the end of the book of Judges we read : "In those days there was no king in Israel : every man did that which was right in his own eyes." (Judges 21 :25) Why did they need any? In his Law covenant Jehovah made no provision for a human king, in imitation of the Babylonish practice set up by Nimrod . Jehovah was their invisible King . Their God was their Ruler and Lawgiver. It was a theocracy over them, and all the tribal officials and the priesthood enforced the laws of his covenant . Yet all the nations and peoples around Israel had their human kings in addition to their idol gods whom they called Molech, Milcom, and Malcam, meaning "king", or Baal, meaning "lord ; master" . It was now about the year 1117 B .C., hundreds of years before Rome was founded . The elderly representatives of Israel came to Samuel and surprised him with asking : "Make us a king to judge us like all the nations." Theocratic Samuel felt hurt and prayed to God about it ; he was not going to shove Jehovah aside as King just to please them . What was the will of Israel's invisible King Jehovah? 14 "And Jehovah 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 be king over them ." (1 Samuel 8 :1-7; 12 :12, AS) Jehovah had 14. What did Jehovah do with their request, and what instructions had he already given with respect to a king over them?
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