Israel rejected the leadership that YHVH had set up over them. They wanted a man to rule over them…they wanted to CHOOSE a leader, a King to be over them. They wanted to be LIKE the other nations around them.
1 Samuel 8:4-8
4 And all the elders of Yisra’ĕl gathered together and came to Shemu’ĕl at Ramah, 5 and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a sovereign to rule us like all the nations.” 6 But the word was evil in the eyes of Shemu’ĕl when they said, “Give us a sovereign to rule us.” So Shemu’ĕl prayed to יהוה. 7 And יהוה said to Shemu’ĕl, “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 reigning over them. 8 “According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Mitsrayim, even to this day – forsaking Me and serving other mighty ones – so they are doing to you too.
We just don’t learn do we? Men create governments of men, to rule over other men. Did the children of Israel enter Egypt as slaves? It happened over a period of time. Their rights were slowly taken away, they came to be despised, they came to be hated and they found themselves enslaved with no place to go and no way out.
Men create and set up systems to govern a people. They follow their own way, they do what they want to do, they enact laws, they make rules and they grow THEIR system. Where is YHVH in all of that? Why do people think that YHVH is going to bless a system that is NOT in harmony with His word?
1 Samuel 8:9-18
9 “And now, listen to their voice, but you shall certainly warn them, and shall make known to them the ruling of the sovereign who does reign over them.” 10 And Shemu’ĕl spoke all the words of יהוה to the people who asked him for a sovereign, 11 and said, “This is the ruling of the sovereign who does reign over you: He shall take your sons and appoint them for his own chariots and to be his horsemen, and they shall run before his chariots, 12 and appoint commanders over his thousands and commanders over his fifties, or to plough his ground and reap his harvest, or to make his weapons, and equipment for his chariots. 13 “And your daughters he is going to take to be perfumers, and cooks, and bakers. 14 “And the best of your fields, and your vineyards, and your olive-trees he is going to take and give them to his servants. 15 “And a tenth of your grain and your vintage he is going to take and give it to his officers and servants. 16 “And your male servants and your female servants and your best young men and your donkeys he is going to take and use for his own work. 17 “A tenth of your sheep he is going to take, and you are to be his servants. 18 “And you shall cry out in that day because of your sovereign whom you have chosen for yourselves, but יהוה is not going to answer you in that day.”
YHVH warned them what would happen and then He allowed them to have a man over them. He allowed them to have their leader. Their leaders became increasingly wicked and evil, and led them astray. They were led into idolatry and completely strayed away from YHVH. They were eventually scattered and destroyed as a nation…
Always, seek the truth…rethink, relearn, return.