In the old days, Israel had something no other nation did: The Lord God Almighty as their King. But that wasn’t enough. They wanted a human king, just like every other nation. God warned them that a human king would bring hardship, but they insisted. So the prophet Samuel anointed Saul, and sure enough, what the Lord had forecast came to be. Saul was a poor ruler, and God took the royal line from him (1 Sam. 8-16).
God chose David to be the next king and promised that the royal line would never pass from his descendants. Sure enough, the Lord kept his promise. Nearly a thousand years later Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, was born from David’s line.
It’s ironic, really. The Lord wanted to be their King, but Israel insisted he give them a man. Somehow God managed to do both.
(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley