The Season after Pentecost, Proper 5, Year B, Old Testament Lesson
Scripture: I Samuel 8: 4-11, 16-20
This is a bit of foreshadowing in the people’s cry for a king, and God’s prediction that they will be sorry. Thy wanted to be like the other countries around them, and they saw only the things a king would provide for them. They wanted to feel safe and cared for. But God knew that this was a form of rebellion against his dominion, and that no human king could provide what they really needed. He also knew that they were fickle and self-centered, and that eventually any king would fail them. But he told Samuel to grant their request anyway. Perhaps we should be careful in what we ask God for, or at least acknowledge that God can redeem even our worst choices.