Is Donald Trump Our King Saul
America was founded as a republic on the commandments, statutes and ordinances of the LORD God. This is our heritage; deny it, refute it, revise it all you want, but the facts remain the facts. Ancient Israel, long before our Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights, was first founded on these principles of the LORD. He gave them commandments, statutes and ordinances by which they were to live; the same ones that America’s founding fathers used to determine the course of this country. Some four hundred years after Israel’s Mount Sinai experience we find this story in the book of Samuel chapter 8; the people are tired of their uniqueness, they want a king to rule over them so they can be like all the nations around them. God tells Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.”
Why did ancient Israel want a king? Because they believed a king like what all the surrounding nations had would take better care of them. At this time in their history they were being hard-pressed by the Philistines and the Amorites. The prophet Samuel told the people to repent of their wicked ways, to cast their idolatry away from them and return to the LORD if they expected to be delivered. The people did as Samuel told them and scripture tells us that peace and prosperity came to the ancient nation of Israel for a time. But when Samuel was old and could no longer effectively lead the people, he appointed his sons to be judge in his place. His sons were evil men and the people were vexed under their leadership. Not trusting their Divine King of the Universe to be the Head of their nation any longer they demanded of Samuel to appoint an earthly king over them.
During America’s four hundred plus year history we mirror ancient Israel in so many ways; when the righteous rule the people do righteously, but when the wicked rule the people do wickedly. We have had quite a spell of wicked rule and American’s are fed up. We are tired of being duped — so tired we are furious! And we, the people are demanding a “king”, someone who will suddenly make everything right again. Forget personal responsibility, we want someone who will bring back the good ole days! If you are not of the entitlement crowd or the establishment it seems the “king” people want is Donald Trump. He has no credentials, but then neither did King Saul (1Samuel 9). He doesn’t come from a family of any particular distinction, but then neither did King Saul. The ancient Israelites just wanted a king, something different from what they had been ruled by since Mount Sinai. We, the people of America also seem to want something different; someone who will make things better, take away all the bad stuff and make America great again. We, the people want all this, though, without the repentance for our wicked, Laodicea ways that got us into this mess in the first place.
One of the vilest men in the US Senate was voted back into office over a morally superior contender because, as I was told, this man has been our Senator for umpteen years and just look at all the important committees he is on. This other guy wouldn’t have that kind of clout! And so evil continues and the people groan under the burden of unrighteous rule.
If you are looking for Donald Trump to save America he cannot. Nor can Ted Cruz or Hilary Clinton or Marco Rubio or Bernie Sanders or Ben Carson, or John Kasich. The only thing that will turn this country around and put her feet back on solid ground is for we, the people, to humble ourselves and pray and seek God’s face and turn from our wicked ways, and only then will He hear from heaven, forgive our sins and heal our land.
Will the LORD give to America what she is asking for; a “king” that will try and make her great again? He knows the pain a “king” will bring the disappointment and frustration at yet another round of broken promises. God told Samuel what a king would do in 1 Samuel 8:11-17, and then He ended with these sobering words:
Then you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.” Vs. 18 (NASB)
The American people are tired of the evil that spews forth from Washington DC, the lies and empty rhetoric and broken promises, but is it wise to abandon our Republic form of government for an oligarchy, monarchy, or even a democracy? It appears that our choices are not good; from Hilary Clinton, the evil Alice in Wonderland queen; to Bernie Sanders the socialist /communist; to Ted Cruz, ineligible according to a strict interpretation of our constitution; to Marco Rubio, ineligible “anchor baby”. Ben Carson is leaving the race and John Kasich… too low in the delegate count to be a serious contender. Who does that constitutionally leave as a viable candidate for POTUS except for Donald Trump? The American people are begging for a man to step in and save them from the mess of more than seven years of evil rule, they seem to want a king. Is God giving the American people what they are asking for, a king? Is that Donald Trump?
Continuing with the story of King Saul beginning in chapter 11 we find that the initial stage of his tenure was one of power and might; the Spirit of the Lord was with the king and there was deliverance for the Israelites… at first, but Samuel warned the people saying,
Then all the people said to Samuel,
“Pray for your servants to the LORD your God, so that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil by asking for ourselves a king.” Samuel said to the people, “Do not fear. You have committed all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart. You must not turn aside, for then you would go after futile things which cannot profit or deliver, because they are futile.” Vs. 24, “Only fear the LORD and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you. “But if you still do wickedly, both you and your king will be swept away.” 1Sa 12:19-21 (NASB)
Consider Jeremiah 51:8-9, “Suddenly Babylon has fallen and been broken; wail over her! Bring balm for her pain; perhaps she may be healed. We applied healing to Babylon, but she was not healed…” (NASB) (I believe America typifies the spirit of ancient Babylon.) God yearns for His people to cry out to Him so that He might deliver us from the evil that crouches at our door.
Scripture also tells us from the life of Joseph, Gen 50:20 that, “you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.”
Is Donald Trump going to be America’s “savior”? No. Can he be used by God to bring about God’s own purposes for America? Yes! Will you be disappointed in your “king”? Most likely. Will he fail you, just like King Saul failed ancient Israel? Probably. But there is hope to this story; could it be that in our pain and anguish at yet another disappointing failure we finally realize that a man isn’t going to save us and we fall on our faces in repentance, crying out to God and He sends His deliverer? A young shepherd of pure heart and clean hands was raised up to rule righteously over the ancient nation of Israel. God called King David a “man after His own heart”. We can only hope and pray that after our King Saul there is a righteous King waiting… our Son of David!?
“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place.” 2Chronicles 7:13-15 (NASB)
“Look up for your redemption draweth nigh!” Luke 21:28 (KJV)
Shir le, accompanied by her husband on the Harp, teaches scripture through stories. Her blog, is the culmination of Bible study, prayer, thought, and research as she puts together ideas that form themselves eventually into stories that teach scripture on a deep relational level. She’s written two books God’s Powerlines, The Spiritual Dynamics of Electricity and Tabernacle Prayer Frequencies of Power.
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It is her intent, with the help of the Holy Spirit, that you connect with what she writes and apply it to your own life in heart changing ways. To YHVH be the glory, GREAT things He has done! Blessings!!