The government will take, and take, and take, and take, and take, and take!

1 Samuel Bible Background

04.11.2017 – Old Testament: 1Sa 8.11–17

To read the Bible in a year, read First Samuel 7–9 on April 11, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Israel demanded a human king, not liking anymore the arrangement of the Judges that God had used with His people. He decided to give them what they wanted, but He also wanted Israel to know something about the nature of a king,

And he said, “This will be the behavior of the king who will reign over you: He will take your sons and appoint them for his own chariots and to be his horsemen, and some will run before his chariots. He will appoint captains over his thousands and captains over his fifties, will set some to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and some to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers. And he will take the best of your fields, your vineyards, and your olive groves, and give them to his servants. He will take a tenth of your grain and your vintage, and give it to his officers and servants. And he will take your male servants, your female servants, your finest young men, and your donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take a tenth of your sheep. And you will be his servants (1 Samuel 8.11–17). 

Go back and count how many times Samuel said that the king with their new government would “take” from the people. You will find six times that Samuel so declared. Do we need government? Whether we think so or not, we have it, and it shall remain by God’s authority. However, does the government take and take endlessly? Yes, and amazingly, some people want the government to take even more, although those people generally believe the government will take from others and not from them. Open your eyes and see that governments never cast away taxes that they institute, and eventually the burden hits everyone.

Questions:

  • Should Christians pay taxes?
  • Are you a giver or a taker?

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