Sunday, October 10, 2010

So now you want a King?

Have you ever wondered why we don't want big government. You will find a Biblical answer in 1 Samuel chapter 8. The Israelites were clamouring for king, even though Samuel was against it. God told Samuel to tell them why they didn't need one, but if they really pressed he should give them one. They got a tall dark and handsome one. What a disaster! Ring any bells?

"This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves."

I like the bit about donkeys.

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