From judges to kings

Acts Bible Background

07.05.2017 – New Testament: Acts 13.20–21

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 13.1–23 on July 5, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Paul spoke in a synagogue, reminding his brethren of their history. Part of their history included a time of judges and then a time of kings,

“After that He gave them judges for about four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet. And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years” (Acts 13.20–21). 

The reason God transitioned from using judges to using kings is that the children of Israel had tired of the judges and wanted kings. Therefore, He gave them what they wanted, that they might see for themselves the mistake they had made.


  • Have you complained that you wanted what another person had, and God gave it to you, but you still did not find contentment?
  • What is wrong with the human condition?

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