The 52 Greatest Stories of the Bible (Story #10): First King

The Israelites encountered other peoples in and around their new land, and as they did, they noticed they were the only nation without a visible leader. They soon clamored for a human king so they could be like the other nations. Their demand was born out of a desire for security and stability, stemming from fear and anxiety—and a proud attitude that they knew better than God what was best for them. The people of Israel thus transitioned from rule by judges to rule by kings, from theocracy to monarchy, with the first king appointed being Saul. Unlike his successor David, Saul was not a man after God’s own heart, and this new king brought trouble upon himself and the people.

Focus text: 1 Samuel 8–31


This series is based on Ken’s coauthored book (with John Alan Turner), The 52 Greatest Stories of the Bible. Purchase here.

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