Following the life and death of Moses, Israel lived for generations without a king. Joshua brought them into the promised land, and for a time, they lived up to their end of the covenant. But, in a cycle that would repeat itself a dozen times, Israel would fall into sin and God would allow them to be conquered and sent into slavery. Israel would turn back to God, begging for Him to rescue them – which He would do, by sending one of the Judges (Samson is likely the most famous of these).
Israel grew tired of this, and began to beg for a king. In spite of Samuel’s protestations that a king is subject to corruption – God promised to do precisely this for them (1 Samuel 8:22). [Read more…] about Unfolding Scripture: God’s Covenant with David