Bibl 105 Essay 2

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As Samuel grew in age he intended to appoint one of his sons as the king of Israel. His sons however did not follow the ways of their father or God. “They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice” (I Samuel 8:3). The people of Israel desired a king, “a king like all the other nations” (Hindson and Yates, 2012. P.164). The people had grown tired of oppression and felt that “the lack of a strong human leader as the cause and did not realize that the reason for the oppression was a spiritual on-their failure to serve God” (Harbin, 2005, p.219). Saul was not God’s choice for the throne but “he was the people’s choice” (Hindson and Yates, 2012. P.164). Saul’s appointment as king was against the “old…show more content…
Saul perused David looking to kill him but God continued to protect David. When given the chance, David refused to kill Saul in the cave of En Gedi. Even after Saul’s death David treated Saul with the respect deserving of one of the Lord’s anointed. King David had sworn to Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother, that her son would be king following him. Solomon was a wise man. When the Lord came to Solomon and allowed him to ask whatever he wanted Solomon asked for more wisdom. “Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (2 Chronicles 1:10). Solomon ruled with greatness and that was evident in the cities he built, the number of followers he had. Another sign of his greatness was the fact that the queen of Sheba ventured to Jerusalem just so she could lean at his feet and gained wisdom. Solomon married the daughter of a Pharaoh and formed an alliance with Egypt. Harbin (2005) states that “his political alliances proliferated; and in the midst of many marriages, economic success, and peace in the land, Solomon lost his spiritual zeal” (p. 251). It seems King Solomon has quite the love of women. This obsession of women eventually “turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been (I Kings 11:4). Solomon went as far as building temples to these gods and eventually worshiping at them. Due to

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