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During The Time Of Samuel, Why Did The People Of Israel Desire A King? Why Was Saul Chosen, And, Ultimately, Why Was He Rejected? What Attribute Did David Display That Made Him A Better King Than Saul? What Sin Did

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The Lord loves his children unconditionally and takes care of them without fail. He only asks for one thing in return and that is love. All God has asked for in return for everything He has done and will do is for us to love Him above everything else. We are supposed to express our love through trust and obedience. God tells the Israelites this when He states, “[Now then] if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” (Exodus 19:5) This was saying that as long as the Israelites had Gods as their king and followed His commands then they ...view middle of the document...

After being king for some time Saul became greedy and was overcome by pride. Ultimately it was Saul’s disobedience in the battle with the Amalekites that caused God to abandon him. Even though Samuel specifically reminded Saul that “The Lord sent [him] to anoint [Saul] king over his people Israel; now therefore [he should] listen to the words of the Lord” Saul did not follow the Lord’s commands. (1 Samuel 15:1) Instead of destroying everything in the city Amalek, Saul kept the king alive, to show the surrounding areas his power, and also took the best live stock. This angered God and, for Saul’s disobedience, He abandoned Israel for some time. After a while as king Saul lost sight of the reason he was crowned; he no longer trusted the Lord nor followed His guidelines and this lead to his downfall.
After Saul, the Lord wanted to make it clear that any extraordinary act that the king was able to accomplish, was achieved solely through God’s power. The lord is a “jealous God” and He did not want the people to start praising the king for God’s acts or for the king to believe he did not need God. (Exodus 34:14). This reasoning is why David was chosen to be the next king of Israel. Out of all his brothers he was the least extraordinary, he was practically a boy. The only promising attribute that David had was his love for God, but this is all he needed.
Many circumstances David went through proved that he was a king that God approved of. When David fought Goliath he did it in the name of the Lord, giving God the glory. This showed that he would be a humble king. David demonstrated his love for the Lord through his obedience to Him. David had many...

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