Renungan harian alkitab, 1 Samuel 12, kamis “another King ?raja yang lain?”

1 Samuel 12:12-14, 19 (NKJV)  And when you saw that Nahash king of the Ammonites came against you, you said to me, ‘No, but a king shall reign over us,’ when the Lord your God was your king.

Now therefore, here is the king whom you have chosen and whom you have desired. And take note, the Lord has set a king over you.

If you fear the Lord and serve Him and obey His voice, and do not rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then both you and the king who reigns over you will continue following the Lord your God.

And all the people said to Samuel, “Pray for your servants to the Lord your God, that we may not die; for we have added to all our sins the evil of asking a king for ourselves.”

Tuhan adalah Raja bagi umat Israel, melalui Nabi Tuhan berbicara dan membuat perkara ajaib, melalui imam umat diperdamaikan, dihubungkan dengan Tuhan, ketika Nabi Moses dan Nabi Joshua memimpin umat Israel berjaya.

Tetapi umat Israel , menginginkan raja lainnya, yang berasal dari kaum umat , mereka menolak kepemimpinan langsung Tuhan.

Para pembaca Tuhan sangat menghargai kehendak bebas, Ia juga bukan diktator , buktinya ia mengizinkan umat mempunyai raja, dan mengirim imam dan nabi untuk memimpin Raja dalam jalan yang benar.

Tetapi ternyata permintaan mempunyai raja lain, selain Tuhan, adalah awal kehancuran Israel , justru raja-raja melawan Tuhan dan Nabi, dimulai dari pemberontakan raja Saul, lalu kejatuhan raja David, dan yang paling parah kemurtadan Raja Salomo !

Sudah seharusnya dan terbaik, tidak ada raja lain, selain Tuhan dalam hati umat-Nya, tapi Tuhan tetap baik , ia terus memanggil umat-Nya bertobat melalui para nabi , hingga ahkirnya Ia mengutus anak-Nya Yesus Kristus.

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