Life In Focus 2/18/2023

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Hannah’s Song: Praising the King

MANY people today debate the potential as well as the limits of big government. The books of 1 and 2 Samuel make interesting reading in light of that discussion, for they offer an account of Israel’s transition from rule by judges to a Jerusalem-based monarchy.

Under the judges, the nation went through periods of political and spiritual health. But for the most part, the people turned away from God (Judges 21:25). Would they do better under the kings?

Hannah’s song (1 Samuel 2:1–10) answers that question from the outset of the book: no matter who “rules” Israel, whether judge or king, the Lord is Israel’s true King, salvation is from Him, and God’s concern is often for the outsiders, the poor—people on the “bottom of the heap.”

The rest of 1 and 2 Samuel, as well as 1 and 2 Kings, bear out these truths:

Hannah’s song addresses our overconfidence in government of any kind. All government is ultimately established by God (Romans 13:1–7). Ideally, governments should seek justice for all. But in the end, one’s faith must not rest in the power of centralized control but in the power of God’s justice, mercy, and salvation.

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Courtesy of Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Commentary
Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, NKJV © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
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About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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