Volunteering For Slavery

It is hard to convince folks that bible stories have layered meanings and one is normally a principle of natural law.

There are actually more that have little or nothing to do with religion. The layered meanings in no way conflict with religious interpretations. Incorporate the following into your thinking and you may never be wrong again about politics,

Samuel 8:1

Israel Asks for a King

“When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel’s leaders.[a] The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba. But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.

So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead[b] us, such as all the other nations have.” (Here the Jews are volunteering for slavery just as they are today.)

But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.” (This is the same as modern folks rejecting democratic and free market principles for he illusion of security. Is that not going on today?)

10 Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle[c] and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.” (This is what it will cost stated up front.)

19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.” (Well, they did it anyway.)

21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the Lord. 22 The Lord answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.” (The books of Kings follow. This is a long narrative showing how ordinary Jews suffered under bad king after good king. Even King David and Solomon were shown to be highly corrupt as their reign lengthened.)”

Then Samuel said to the Israelites, “Everyone go back to your own town.”

(Of course, even though not mentioned, surely there were surely plenty of Jews who did not want a king. They became slaves along with everyone  else. Well, that is you and me.

I have a lot of trouble getting folks to use this approach.  It is like a fear of getting cooties from picking up a bible as a reference.

I haven’t found an exception. Find a modern situation that parallels what is going on today and the outcome will be the same.

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