1 Samuel 8 is the story of Israel going to Samuel and demanding he appoint a king to rule over them.
At that time Israel had Judges who weren’t kings or supreme rulers. They were chosen by God to help deliver Israel from oppression, administer justice, and settle disputes according to the laws given to Moses. So they were called Judges.
They were a kind of government but somewhat sporadic. Israel had the laws of God to follow and in doing so there was little use for a formal government other than the aforementioned settling of disputes, etc.
Samuel was the last of the Judges of Israel. When he became too old to continue in his duties he appointed his two sons to be Israel’s new Judges, but the boys were corrupt.
In 1 Samuel 8:4-5 the elders of Israel come to Samuel to let him know they are fed up with his sons and their corruption. And after seeing how neighboring nations had a king to rule over them, well the elders wanted one too. Continue reading