Samuel: A Prophet Rejected

Samuel’s sons were wild and wayward souls
He appointed them judges but they were lucre’s stooges
Perverting justice for the bounty of bribes
They soon earned the scorn of all Israel’s tribes

Israel wanted a new administration to lead her
No more of the prophet and his dubious seed
They wanted a king like neighbouring nations
A hereditary monarch might lack the knack for lucre

It was a bad excuse and a lame one to use
For kings and princes can be lit by avarice’s fuse
For administrative misdeeds she rejected Divine leadership
Turned aside from God’s Provided way because a few made hay

If her excuse was untenable, the motive was laughable
They wanted to be royally led like other nations
Preferring the sheen of the similar to the hue of peculiar few

The elect of God must stand alone, different to the bone
Copying the heathen or aping their best practices
Is not an option for those with the spiritual unction
For the best of the world is worse than the worst of the Word

Samuel felt rejected and dejected, he went crying to God
God opined that He, the Elohim of Israel had been rejected
Not the prophet, for Samuel was only a channel
The voice of God had been overthrown by popular choice

God told Samuel to inform Israel about the consequences
The king would take their best sons for war and enterprise
Cherry-pick their best daughters for merry ends of baking and cooking
His tax would be a tenth of farm produce for his use
And he would commandeer the best of the rest for the state

This terrible tally, this burden of tax and levies
Was more that the administrative cost of Samuel’ sons
Whose ‘taxes’ only affected those who came for the assizes

If maladministration was the root of the angst and frustration
Israel might have relented, it was not so they persisted
To be like other nations was the rallying cry
Who are ruled by earthly whims not the Word from on high

Then , dare to be different, dare to defy the world
Inspite of the pain, there’s more to gain from following the Word
Row against the tide of opinion, for Lord’s always the minority side

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