In 1 Samuel 8, the Israelites rejected the Lord as their King and asked for the appointment of a man as King. They did so in order to be like the nations around them (1 Samuel 8:5). This request greatly disappointed Samuel the prophet, who served as the human connection between God and the Jews at that time (1 Samuel 8:6-9). The Lord told the prophet not to be mad at the Israelites, but he entertained their request and let them know that having a King comes with a price they might not want to pay.
So in 1 Samuel 8:11-18, the people are told of all of the things required and how it would change their lives if a man becomes their King. Nevertheless, they insisted on having a man as King anyway (1 Samuel 8:19). To make a long story short, life became very difficult for the Jews from that day forward.
The lesson for us today is, be careful what we desire because such could bring more trouble then we ever could have imagined.
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