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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

On the Give-ment

Whenever I hear the standard "Romans 13 gives Government carte blanche" interpretation, I think of God's warning when Israel threw Him under the chariot and said "We want a king like the OTHER nations.":

"6 Samuel was upset to hear the leaders say they wanted a king, so he prayed about it. 7 The Lord answered:

Samuel, do everything they want you to do. I am really the one they have rejected as their king. 8 Ever since the day I rescued my people from Egypt, they have turned from me to worship idols. Now they are turning away from you. 9 Do everything they ask, but warn them and tell them how a king will treat them.

10 Samuel told the people who were asking for a king what the Lord had said:

11 If you have a king, this is how he will treat you. He will force your sons to join his army. Some of them will ride in his chariots, some will serve in the cavalry, and others will run ahead of his own chariot.[c] 12 Some of them will be officers in charge of a thousand soldiers, and others will be in charge of fifty. Still others will have to farm the king’s land and harvest his crops, or make weapons and parts for his chariots. 13 Your daughters will have to make perfume or do his cooking and baking.

14 The king will take your best fields, as well as your vineyards, and olive orchards and give them to his own officials. 15 He will also take a tenth of your grain and grapes and give it to his officers and officials.

16 The king will take your slaves and your best young men and your donkeys and make them do his work. 17 He will also take a tenth of your sheep and goats. You will become the king’s slaves, 18 and you will finally cry out for the Lord to save you from the king you wanted. But the Lord won’t answer your prayers."

'Nuff said.

1 comment:

Doom said...

Remember when Solomon asked the two women if they would mind if he split the child and gave half to each? The only reason that worked is that one was the true mother. At this time, I am thinking two few of the electorate consider themselves the mother, so the child will be split. So be it.

Now, if I can just get to the door out of this hellhole. I can't change it, and God will let them have what they wish. If God will let them, who am I to deny them... and I don't want to be a king, either. Find a king who would deny the crown, willing to do what it takes, and follow him? I dunno.

Something about the eye of needles, camels, heaven, hell, and whatnot, would be my guess. Perhaps as the roots of evil shrivel, sanity will return?