By Pastor Travis Lauterbach

One day way back when, the elders of Israel gathered to Samuel the prophet in rebellion. They said, “Appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations” (1 Samuel 8:5).

Samuel took this personally, thinking that they rejected him. For Samuel had served as a judge over Israel.

However, God reminded him that was not the case. He said, “They have rejected me from being king over them” (1 Samuel 8:7).

After everything God did to free them and lead them to the land He promised to Abraham, they didn’t want God to be their king anymore.

They wanted a human king just like everybody else.

God told Samuel to warn the people about all the wicked things a sinful king would do to them.

But they didn’t listen and God gave the people what they wanted. Sometimes God disciplines His people that way.

And yet, God already knew this would happen. He blessed Judah even before Israel became slaves in Egypt, saying, “The scepter shall not depart from Judah” (Genesis 49:10).

God already declared that a king from the tribe of Judah would rule on the throne forever. He used the people’s rebellion to accomplish His purposes.

God promised King David, “Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure before me. Your throne shall be established forever” (2 Samuel 7:16).

It took many, many years of waiting, but the blessing finally became a reality.

The long-awaited King of Israel arrived. The son of David came to have mercy upon His people.

Jesus was born to the virgin Mary, a descendant of King David.

However, this child was no ordinary human king like Saul, David, or Solomon.

Jesus is the King of Kings, the only begotten Son of God.

God had finally come to save His people from their sins, and not just the Israelites. Jesus died to take away the sins of the entire world!

Though once rejected as king, God is King forever.

Travis Lauterbach is the pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church located in the Falcon Ridge Business Park in Mesquite, NV.