1 Samuel 8-11

Men Behaving Badly: a King like all the others

In a time of transition from Theocracy to Monarchy, the books of Samuel might well be called ‘Men Behaving Badly.’ While there are occasional bright spots, time and again we see the failures of leadership and compromised faithfulness, with all their consequences. In 1 Samuel 8-11 we hear Israel’s request for a particular kind of King.