The people wanted Gideon to be their king, but Gideon knew this was going to be a bad plan. God was to be their king. We are in the transition years from Judges to Kings. The people are completely ignoring God and as they worship others gods, they decide to have a king. Did you know that most books and references about early Israelite history mark Saul as the first king? It just ain’t so! Abimelech is the first king of the people. So for kings it goes; God, Abimelech and then Saul and so on and so on. Now to be clear, Saul and those that succeeded him were appointed in a more divine way, Abimelech was self appointed, but still a king.
There are times we put humans in the role of King. We want our pastors to rule over us or elders or spiritual leaders, but it will end in oppression. The Lord of your life can only be God, there is no room for others kings and there are no other kings you can trust.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.