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Now that’s a King Bulletin Insert Sunday 7th June,2015 by Rev Lyndon Mulholland

Lismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert – Sunday 7th June 2015, Pentecost 2

Now that’s a King!1 Samuel 8:4-11, 16-20, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 & Mark 3:20-35

So: did God want Israel to have a king or not? The question haunts not only this passage is 1 Samuel but much of the rest of the account of the monarchy, from the ill-fated Saul right down to the exile. Of course, David himself, and then Solomon, are renowned and celebrated. Hezekiah and Josiah are seen, later, as models. But most of the kings lived up to Samuel’s warnings, and more so.

This story sets up the tension which is only resolved in the person of Jesus, and then only in his royal, messianic death. The people wanted a king because they didn’t want God himself to be their king; they wanted someone to whom they could project their own idolatries and have him legitimate them.

Nevertheless, God gave them a king; and when he removed him, he raised up a man to whom he would give extraordinary promises, seen in the New Testament as being fulfilled in Jesus. The early Christians believed that in Jesus the riddle of 1 Samuel 8:7-9 had been solved. Here at last was a human king who was owed the allegiance proper to the one true God. And he, though the true king, took upon himself the folly and shame of all those who went before, bearing in his own body the pains of a thousand years of misguided monarchy.

This king wouldn’t steal people from Israel in order to lord it over them, wouldn’t snatch at visible status and power here and now, as Samuel warned. This king would teach them the truth and so set them free. Now that’s a King!

(Adapted from Twelve Months of Sunday’s – Year B: Biblical meditations on the Christian Year, by Tom Wright, page 76-7).


2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 – 13 But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. 15 Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. 16 So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17 For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, 18 because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.5 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

1 Samuel 8:4-11, 16-20 – 4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, 5 and said to him, “You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us, like other nations.” 6 But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to govern us.” Samuel prayed to the Lord, 7 and the Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to 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. 8 Just as they have done to me, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so also they are doing to you. 9 Now then, listen to their voice; only—you shall solemnly warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.”10 So Samuel reported all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 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; 16 He will take your male and female slaves, and the best of your cattle and donkeys, and put them to his work. 17 He will take one-tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. 18 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.” 19 But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; they said, “No! but we are determined to have a king over us, 20 so that we also may be like other nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles.” Mark 3:20-35- 20 and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. 21 When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” 22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” 23 And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. 27 But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered. 28 “Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— 30 for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.” 31 Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” 33 And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34 And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”