June 7, 2021

1 Samuel 8:1 When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel’s leaders.

Samuel was a great prophet and as such a great political leader for Israel. This chapter will go on to talk about how the people come to him and ask him to appoint a king over them. Samuel is disappointed but God tells him to appoint a king because it was not Samuel they were rejecting but God himself. However, the verses following the one above explain, “his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.” The kings of Israel would do some good things according to the Old Testament, but they would do many more bad things and lead the people to misery and destruction over the long haul. It is said that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Good leaders do not always have children that follow in their ways. All of us are susceptible to the temptation to abuse power. Jesus came as one who would serve and not seek to be served. That is a different type of leadership. 

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