show: to allow something to be seen; make known; to prove; demonstrate
When Samuel was old, he made his sons judges. According to scripture, Joel and Abiah were nothing like their father. They were dishonest, unfair and they took bribes. They loved money more than they loved the people. One day, the elders of Israel went to Samuel and asked for a king.
God wanted the other nations to know that He was the only true God and that there was no one else like Him. He wanted His children to show the other nations their Father. The only way the nations would believe in Israel’s God is if Israel were different, a holy nation and obedient to God. Some will not believe until they see, but Israel wanted to be like the other nations. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations (1 Samuel 8:5).
Samuel took their request personal. It bothered him so much that he talked to the Lord about it. He thought they were rejecting him, but they were really rejecting God. You see, Samuel was only doing what God told him to do. He was only saying what God told him to say so it was actually God who they didn’t want to rule over them. They have rejected Me that I should not reign over them (vs 7). But their rejection of Him didn’t change His love for them. He loved them so much that he told Samuel to warn them. They may have not liked Joel and Abiah’s ways, but the ways of this king were going to be worse.
He will take… (vs 11).
He will take… (vs 13).
He will take… (vs 14).
He will take… (vs 15).
He will take… (vs 16).
He will take… (vs 17).
God loved the world so much that He gave (John 3:16). He didn’t take. Israel thought they were getting an answer, but what they were getting was a problem that would bring along other problems. They really didn’t know what they were asking for. They already had a King and I don’t care how hard you try, you can’t replace God. What they were seeking was going to fail them. This king was going to make them do things they didn’t want to do. They would become his slave and in the end, he was going to make them cry. They had cried in the past and God delivered them (Exodus 2:23-25), but if they refused to heed His warning, they were going to cry again – and this time God wasn’t going to answer them. You will cry out in that day because of YOUR king which YOU have chosen and the Lord will not hear you in that day (vs 18).
When the Israelites rejected (refused to believe) God, they asked Samuel to make them a king. When Moses took too long on the mountain, they asked Aaron to make them gods. One time, they sought help from Assyria. When Assyria let them down, they ran to Egypt for help, but God didn’t allow Israel to get help from them because He wanted to teach them to put their trust in Him.
I’m reminded of a man named Joseph. There was a distinction between him and his brothers. He wore a coat that no one else wore. When you read the life of Joseph, it didn’t seem like ‘living right’ was working out for him. His brothers sold him into slavery and even though he turned down the advances of Potiphar’s wife, he was still falsely accused. He was betrayed, lied on and forgotten by people he trusted, but he learned how to trust God. He was hated and misunderstood because he was different, but when the magicians and the wise men could not interpret Pharaoh’s dream, who did they send for? That’s right. Joseph. When there was a famine over all the face of the earth, all countries came to Joseph to buy corn (Genesis 41:57).
When God made you, He made you different. He made you for Him. Don’t compare yourself to others. Don’t covet what others have. Be grateful for what God gives you. Don’t get discouraged because the gate is narrow and the way is hard. Avoid following the crowd. Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad and easy to travel is the path that leads the way to destruction and eternal loss, and there are many who enter through it (Matthew 7:13, AMP). Let God prepare you (through the things you must go through) for those who will need what you have.
There are people who are hurting, disappointed, angry and seeking answers and God has blessed you to be a blessing to them. God wants to display His power, might, love and grace through us – to them. You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood and a holy nation. You are a people for HIS possession to show others how God called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9).
Just don’t tell them about the Father. Show them the Father.