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
When their drink is gone they give themselves to whoring, their rulers dearly love shame.
I knew what this meant to me when I first read it and wrote down the verse. But I thought I would read what scholarly people think of it and compare my thoughts with theirs.
The scholars and theologians say this verse deals with the tribe of Ephraim, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, that has become a bunch of drunks, alcoholics, the people along with their leaders.
That may be true for the times this book was written but here is my modern day assessment of this verse.
Society today loves its “feel good”. Continue reading
Here’s another in a short series of post about my writing habits and how they have been affected by my life changes. I wrote these pieces about eight months ago. This post was originally added to my composition book on September 21, 2016.
I have sold just about everything I owned and picked up the rest and moved 900 miles south to warm and sunny Florida.
Me, who is so entrenched in twenty five years of habits and routines, who finds such comfort in habits and routines, has taken them and tossed them aside.
It can be very disconcerting.
I don’t feel lost. I don’t feel anxious. I just feel like I am taking some time away from the habits and routines knowing that new ones will take their place.
But I am concerned about my writing habits. Continue reading
I’ve been kind of stifled on what to write. I’ve missed a couple of days and I want to make sure I don’t lose my writing habit. So today’s piece may never become a post but at least I did some writing.
I am moving to Florida.
Moving south to warmer climates has always been a dream of my wife and myself for a number of years and now we own a home within walking distance of the beach in a location where the water never freezes and the snow never flies.
We own a home that is less than two blocks from one of my best friends. I am very excited about being able to work with him after being apart for over twenty five years. Continue reading