by Benjamin Munsell on February 18, 2019
When Jacob was come into Egypt, and your fathers cried unto the Lord, then the Lord sent Moses and Aaron, which brought forth your fathers out of Egypt, and made them dwell in this (safe) place. And when they forgat the Lord their God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them. And they cried unto the Lord, and said, We have sinned, because we have forsaken the Lord, and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth: BUT NOW DELIVER US out of the hand of our enemies, AND WE WILL SERVE THEE. And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the Lord thy God, that we die not: FOR WE HAVE ADDED unto all our sins THIS EVIL, TO ASK US A KING. And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart; But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king. 1 Samuel 12:8-10,19-20,25. Can you see the heart of the people here? (In hindsight?). They are a bunch of phony bologna Satan worshippers that first, want the Lord to free them from their captors, first, THEN they will worship the Lord, at a later date. Then they have the arrogance to ask the Lord not to kill them because they've ask Him to give them a king, and they turn right around to follow their new king anyway. They have no interest in Following The Lord, they just want Him to get their butt out of the fire so they will be free to continue on in their Sins. To them, God is nothing more than their Genie in a bottle, to call on when they need Him, and that's all. Don't judge them too harshly, we do the same things today and look for the same results. Ever pray for 2 minutes for the soul of a lost one in your family, and then go watch the Game for the next 3 hours?  That's backwards. Maybe pray for 3 hours, that your lost one may be Saved, that he, Be Blessed?