This was a session that we didn’t have time to do this year (it is so long as to be split into two parts) so we have no answers to the questions here but as the Kings are an essential part of the biblical story it still makes an interesting exercise.
Of the following texts we asked the questions:
What are the dangers and disadvantages of monarchy?
Why not have a king?
What does it say God think of kings?
Did it give the impression that it is essential not to have a king?
Did it give you any other thoughts about monarchy, governance and exercise of power?
Hosea 8:1-4 – Put the trumpet to your lips! Like an eagle, disaster is swooping on Yahweh’s home! Because they have violated my covenant and been unfaithful to my Law, in vain will they cry, ‘My God!’ In vain, ‘We, Israel, know you!’ Israel has rejected the good, the enemy will pursue them. They have set up kings, but without my consent, and appointed princes, but without my knowledge. With their silver and gold, they have made themselves idols, but only to be destroyed.
Hosea 13:9-11 – Israel, you have destroyed yourself though in me lies your help. Your king, where is he now, to save you, or the governors in all your cities? – whom you once pleaded for, saying, ‘Give me a king and princes!’ In my anger I gave you a king and in my wrath I have taken him away.
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