1 Samuel 8:11, Samuel’s Prediction Comes True (part I of II)

And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.

//Israel wanted a king, but Israel’s prophet, Samuel, warned against it. Today’s verse tells why Samuel was against the idea.

But Saul, the appointed king, didn’t seem to promote himself in this manner. Indeed, Saul’s reign appeared quite humble in many respects. Nor did David, who succeeded Saul. We don’t find Samuel’s prediction coming true until the generation after David: specifically, David’s third son Absalom, who usurped the throne from his father:

And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him. –2 Samuel 15:1

Shortly thereafter, Absalom raised a revolt, raped his father David’s concubines, and declared himself king. You may recall that Absalom died an embarrassing death, accidentally hanging himself by his hair from a tree. After Absalom, the next in line for the throne was David’s fourth son, Adonijah.

Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him. –1 Kings 1:5

No longer can we consider this coincidence. The Bible writers were specifically referring to Samuel’s prediction in telling how the kingdom went sour after David is chased from the throne. But the worst was yet to come; more tomorrow.

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