In the name of the Father and of the +Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Change was afoot. A king. The time of the judges was over. The people had been agitating for a king for a while. Since the time of Gideon, also known as Jerubaal (1 Sam. 12:11; Jdg. 9:1-6), when they crowned his son as king. They had wanted a king. But the problem was that this was a nation called into existence by the Lord. It only existed because of the Lord. It only continued as long as the Lord’s name was upon it. Their ancestor Abraham had a barren wife, Sarah. She birthed their father, Isaac, miraculously at 90 years of age, because the Lord promised it. They were the result of a continuous string of miracles. Just as the Church today is. Kings and governments have constantly tried to stamp out this Christian church for the last 2000 years. Yet, miraculously, when it seems the Church is dead, the Lord raises it from the dead. He causes it to spread. To increase. To pour forth renewing this world. Persecution can’t destroy it. Persecution can’t stamp it out. No, far more dangerous than the world to Christ’s Church is Her own faithlessness and apathy toward Her King.