I think of Samuel under orders going to the people to encourage a change in their ways and their subsequent rejection of his words. Samuel returns on to God and reports sadly that the people have rejected his plea and God told him, no Samuel, they have rejected me: then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the LORD. And the LORD said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you. Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them. “So Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking for a king from him. He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots. And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men and your donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day. “But the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel. And they said, “No! But there shall be a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles. “And when Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the ears of the LORD. And the LORD said to Samuel “Obey their voice and make them a king.” Samuel then said to the men of Israel, “Go every man to his city.” Verse nine of the aforementioned dialogue in 1st Samuel records a solemn warning (implies a legal expression of giving a person full knowledge of an action) from God on the ramifications of having this “human” king. Why has God objected all through the Bible to mankind following the Babylonian system? Let us examine Nimrod’s way of rule and find why God would object. The characteristics of the Babylonian System are rejection of God, denial of his right to rule, refusal to acknowledge man’s dependence on God for power or happiness, determination to deprive God of the gratitude and allegiance of men, thirst for domination apart from god over this world, and the exaltation of man in place of Deity. This incomplete list of rebellious acts depicts not only the times of Babylonia but is more than representative of 2013. As we view and analyze the circumstances surrounding us today can there be any doubt that things are not right and in need of cleansing? It is an absolute truth that evil has thoroughly penetrated this world today and it is also absolutely true that mankind is incapable of solving its ills. There is very little in our society that is not now controlled by government or its NGO contractors.
A quote from Woodrow Wilson: “I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the (hands of a few men). (Emphasis mine) We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world – no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant man”.
One day as I was thinking about all the crazy things currently going on in the world the Lord grabbed my attention and gave me this: “We need to understand government as a Worldly Business. It is a money generating entity in everything it does and sponsors to the community at large. It is very deceptive in its practices and a master at fooling the people as to how it really cares for the average citizen. The truth is that it doesn’t care at all, except for its own machinery and workers, and gives portions of its profits to programs and to selected citizen classes to make them responsive and sometimes even to feel honored. No one does anything without an eye toward his own profit and individual furtherance. It polls for popular opinion and in most cases only to ascertain if a certain program or policy is generally acceptable to the masses. It assesses various charges and fees from the very people they purport to serve in addition to taxes”. Many an idealistic newly elected representative goes to Washington only to disappear as they sink into the maze of a government bureaucracy controlled by a few. A maze is any complex system or arrangement that causes bewilderment, confusion, or perplexity: Her petition was lost in a maze of bureaucratic red tape.
“I feel anxious for the fate of our monarchy or democracy, or whatever is to take place. I soon get lost in a labyrinth of perplexities; but, whatever occurs, may justice and righteousness be the stability of our times, and order arise out of confusion. Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance. I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature; and that power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and, like the grave, cries, “Give up”! The great fish swallow up the small; and he who is most strenuous for the rights of the people, when vested with power, is as eager after the prerogatives of government. You tell me of degrees of perfection to which human nature is capable of arriving, and I believe it, but at the same time lament that our admiration should arrive at the scarcity of the instances”. Abigail Adams
“The world is full of people loving bribes and followers after reward. The world is full of gold and silver, no end to treasures, full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands that their own fingers have made. The show of their countenance (bearing, demeanor, look, expression) does bear witness against them and they declare their sin”. Isaiah 1:23.