Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What Elections Reveal

An election reveals much about a people.  Take a look at Israel past:

It was election time in Israel, only instead of voting at the booth, the people made their intentions known to their electors, a single elector in this particular case – the prophet Samuel:

"And it came about when Samuel was old that he appointed his sons judges over Israel."
-1 Samuel 8:1 (NASB)

"His sons, however, did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after dishonest gain and took bribes and perverted justice."
-1 Samuel 8:3 (NASB)

The people were not happy with Samuel's choice.  Nothing wrong with this, his sons were obvious scoundrels.  But is this what concerned the people?

"and they said to him, 'Behold, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations. ' "
-1 Samuel 8:5 (NASB)

The Lord was not happy with the people's choice.  Why?

If we break it down, we will see that what the people were looking for was not a righteous replacement for the flagrant unrighteous sons of Samuel, but a government like the unrighteous nations that surrounded them.  The people were rejecting the Lord and His righteousness:

"The Lord said to Samuel, 'Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.' "
-1 Samuel 8:7 (NASB)

Election time in Israel had revealed the people's heart – it was a heart that could care less about righteousness!  Israel was definitely NOT seeking first the kingdom of God and what He said was right.

Israel would get the government monster they deserved.