Uzziah was a great king of Judah. He had followed the Lord from his youth. He knew the Word. God had blessed his loyalty. He was by many accounts the greatest king since Solomon.
Israel of old was led by God. He chose to lead them by prophets. He revealed His will to the prophet who directed the people with Divine counsel.
Israel’s neighbours were not ruled like this. They had kings who ruled by the sword – and frequently died by same. The kings imposed their laws and their deities on them.
Israel looked and lusted. They wanted to be like the others. To be led into battle by a king in shining armour. They came to Samuel and insisted on a king.
Samuel cried. God rebuked him. For it was not Samuel that they rejected, but the God that spoke through him. God asked Samuel to tell them the high costs of maintaining a sovereign. He would conscript sons, daughters, farms and vineyards for his business or pleasure. Israel did not budge. God gave them their desire.
It is always wrong to reject the leadership of the Word in favour of a hierarchical leadership. It always results in a loss of spiritual liberty and financial expropriation.
What think ye of Jesus Christ?
Messiah birthed in Bethlehem
Who is called the Son of David
And yet David called Him Lord
Did David just utter an idle word?
Or was inspired to call his Son Lord?
Who is this Man that is both
The Offspring and Root of Jesse
All at once the Fountain-Source
And Product of the Royal Seed
Why did Herod make a bloody fuss
And fight to extinguish the Light
If David had seen Him on His throne
Waiting patiently for two millennia
Till all His enemies bow at His Stool
At the end of Satan’s worldly mania
What think ye then of the coming King?
Be like David who bowed when he could
For Herod will be cowed when he must
Those who know bow to Christ now
Who would have thought
That the Great God sought
And desired by men of all ages
Would suddenly be brought forth
Born as though He were nought
In the animal manger-stall
Who would have really thought
That Jehovah who lives forever
Would play on Bethlehem’s streets
And dance like others with dirty feet
Surely who would have thought
That a twelve year old being sought
By His foster parents would have caught
The error in their paternity claim
And tell them who His real Father was
Thus making their argument lame
This twelve year old was teaching
The great Rabbis and scholars
They listened in shock and awe
He was the Word they were reading
He was the truth they were seeking
This Kid grew to manhood
To the time of Messianic manifestation
He was just a Man on the outside
And Almighty God on the inside
He slept like a tired Man in the boat
And buffeting demons on the sea took note
And raised a storm while He was afloat
Once roused-He spoke like a Mighty God
And legions of demons obeyed their Lord
All through His earthly sojourn
He was the gentle and mild Lamb
Innocent and forgiving, letting and leaving
Same Lamb returns as a Royal Lion
Judging and condemning the haughty
For those who scorn Him in His minority
Will be victims of His sovereign authority
In the yore-laden days of old
Israel was led by prophets bold
Divine mouthpieces they were
The Word came to them crisply clear
These prophets had only one rule
God’s will was their governing tool
Israel was deeply unhappy with this
Being ruled by Divine Decree was not bliss
Neighbours were better-heathen kings wiser
With their smart kings and cunning courtiers
So began the murmuring campaign of doubters
To depose Samuel the prophet and be like others
Samuel wept on the altar of his integrity
For he had led and directed with gravity
God said it was Him Israel had rejected
Could they not see He was their King
With Samuel acting as His life Regent?
What a reason to dethrone God for?
And spark a revolution against His authority
Emulation’s vice overthrew God’s Viceroy
For the trifle of aping other nations
Church means called out from the World
Copying heathen proves you are not called
Be not conformed to carnal uniformity
Follow Him that separated Light from darkness
And you will be part of the Word-Bride Unity
After Saul’s debacle when he stumbled at presumption’s obstacle
God rejected him as king and found another under his wing
A man whose heart will follow Him like a hart panting for water
God told Samuel to go to the house of Jesse and anoint a king
Samuel feared for his life, if Saul discovered-this would be treasonable strife
God gave him an artifice-for an alibi he called for a sacrifice
And invited Jesse’s sons to discover the one to be anointed
The new king-elect of Israel for he will wait till Saul’s crown falls down
When Samuel approached Bethlehem, townsmen trembled
Such was the aura of prophets, had he come to bless or curse?
Was there sin in the camp that would bring judgement, ruin and loss?
The son of Kish was selected to be the king of Israel
He was to be the first monarch and he towered over the rest
Head and shoulders above in height, a giant from a family slight
In fame and reckoning-for he was only a Benjaminite
Saul’s father lost his asses and sent Saul and servants to find them
For days they travelled through twisting turns and winding ways
And found them not-all their striving was for naught
Then they decided to inquire from the prophet
It was Israel’s custom-the ‘hard to fathom’ was referred
To Samuel, the mighty seer that had the ear of God
God was working on other side of the line too
He told Samuel to expect to see the man to be anointed King
And told him his mission and the tidings he would bring