Madison Pritchett 10/3/14
Old Testament -5
The kings of Israel – the issues and greatness of their reign
Judges ruled the nation of Israel. In all, there were 19 kings that ruled over Israel. Some kings ruled from a month to 41 years. The Bible says that all of the kings of Israel were evil. The Israelites fell into disfavor with God so several Prophets were called up to redeem the people. God wanted to use others that have disadvantages to accomplish his great purpose. God wanted to show his omnipotence to make others aware that His salvation is available to all who seek and serve the His will. Later on, the leadership of the Judges became very disorderly and ineffective. Disagreement began to spread throughout the population. So they needed a king who showed honor to God’s covenant. It was time to choose a king for Israel.
The nation of Israel was ready for a change. So the Israelites rushed into choosing Saul as their first king. His victory over the Ammonites had raised the national support but was not strong enough to bring back the faithfulness of the covenant to the land and to the people. So this caused him to fall into disfavor with God.
During Saul’s reign, there was a shepherd boy that took on the face of Goliath and killed him with a slingshot. So David quickly rises past the rank of Saul’s army and become one of the greatest military generals in the nation. Knowing Saul, he became jealous because of David’s growing support of the people. Even Saul’s own son, Jonathan, and his daughter Michal was rallying behind and saving David from Saul’s vengeance. Very Tragically, Saul dies after becoming mentally ill and then his son; Jonathan is killed because of his own father’s sins.
After the reign of Saul, David became king of Israel. David was exceeding as a king. Yes, there was something about David’s heart that God loved yet there was also something about David God wasn’t pleased with. David had eight wives. So God set forth a...