During the Time of Samuel, Why Did the People of Israel Desire a King?

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During the time of the judges, the land was full of corruption and sin. There was no king or legal authority in Israel and the people acted on what they thought was right and wrong. “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25). Samuel was Israel’s spiritual leader (priest), a prophet, and the last and most effective of the judges. God used Samuel to assist in the change of Israel’s government from a system of judges to kings.
Samuel judged Israel until his death, saved them from the Philistines, and led them back to God. However, when Samuel grew old, he started appointing his sons as judges but they were corrupt (1 Samuel 8:1). All of the elders of Israel
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Saul was anointed king and would only succeed as long as he followed God. God was Israel’s true king but they rejected Him and chose Saul as their first king. The people chose Saul as king because of his outward appearance and not because of his heart; he was tall and good-looking and looked like a king. “…Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him; for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). It wasn’t until Saul defeated the Ammonites when all the people accepted him as king before the Lord at Gilgal.
God granted Israel’s request for a king, but His commandments and requirements remained the same. Saul was ultimately rejected because he was disobedient to God’s word. He showed his disobedience in 1 Samuel 13:8-12 by offering up a sacrifice to God himself without waiting for Samuel. In 1 Samuel 14, Saul made a vow without thinking of the implications. His men were too tired to fight, they were so hungry that they ate meat that contained blood, which was against the Law. In addition, he also almost killed his son Jonathan. In 1 Samuel 15, God told Saul to destroy all Amalek, sparing nothing. However, Saul did not obey God’s command as he and his men stole money, sheep and the best cattle and did not kill King Agag. When