Tuesday, November 13, 2012

David is Crowned King

Today I read 2 Samuel 5 where David is anointed king over all of Israel.  He had already been king over Judah but with the death of Saul's son David was accepted as king over all of Israel.  I sometimes wonder what it would be like to have a king.  I suspect that it would not make a big difference in the average person's everyday life.  However, it would mean that whatever the whims of the king, or queen, would happen no matter what.  He could take your wife to be his lover if he so desired.  He could have you killed for no other reason than he wanted to.  An unrighteous king could cause a lot of destruction.

I am very grateful to George Washington.  George Washington, after he won the Revolutionary War, had all the power in America.  He had suffered multiple indignities by his government, the Continental Congress.  He had suffered hunger, fatigue, extreme cold and no pay all because of the government he served.  There were some that wanted George Washington to retain his power and replace the Continental Congress.  I sometimes wonder if George Washington was tempted to set himself up as a king.  However, he believed in creating a new country based on equality and so on December 23, 1783 he gave up his power and submitted himself to his government, even though they could not have stopped him if he so desired.  What would this country be like if he had been allowed to keep his army and become king?  Lots of war and blood that is for sure.  I am very grateful to him and his desire for peace that he was able to submit himself to those he had little or no reason to.  He was a great man and I am grateful to him that we enjoy a president in this country and not a king.  Until tomorrow.

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