Planning Old Testament Survey

When you have two assignments due in about two weeks, you tend to forget of the other three which you have due in two months. Which initially doesn’t sound like an issue, but then you realise that within those two months you are going on a break and then onto a mission trip and just before you can get back into a regular routine, the essays are due. Two of these are your standard assignments whereas the other is more or less on my placement throughout the year (which I should most likely get started on) which won’t need as many references as these other two papers which I have to do.

But one of the assignments which I’ll get started soon is one on the Old Testament, which in all honesty I have not read cover to cover. I know! Shoot me now! But that is one of the reasons why I have come to a Bible college, to open my knowledge more of the Bible and then be able to read it more and understand it more and fall more and more in love with its author. But yes, the essay question that I have decided to do is one based on 1 Samuel in regards to Samuel and discuss as to what lead Israel to ask Samuel for a king, and the Bible verse associated with this is:

They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.” – 1 Samuel 8:5

So from there I’ll begin my research into those said factors. The few that at the minute come into my mind is pretty much the last few chapters of Judges where it states over and over again:

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit. – Judges 21:25

So if everyone did as they saw fit, then I can imagine after a short while things were in anarchy. So they needed to listen to someone, but for some bizarre reason they did not want to listen to God but rather a man appointed as a king, Israel argued that all the other nations had a king and so they wanted to be like the other nations and be led by man rather than by God.

These are all initial thoughts by the way, I haven’t taken the time yet to actually sit down and think everything out, or even pick up a Bible commentary. I’m sure if my any of my lecturers were to see this, they’d question how and why I have came to certain conclusions.

But I’ll be sure if I were to take what I know initally right now, I’ll be heading somewhere along the right lines. Just need to actually pick up an Old Testament Theology book…

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