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A Holy Nation Essay, Research Paper A Holy Nation After creating the world, a paradise for human kind, God is forced to banish Adam and Eve because they disobey His orders to not eat fruit from the tree of wisdom. This results ultimately in the fall of man to earth. Immediately from the beginning of his time on Earth, man chooses not to follow the path set before him by God but instead spreads evil throughout the world. Therefore, the inherent problem humans face is the pressure to judge between good and evil, the need to aspire to be like God. God’s first solution to this problem was to flood the world killing everyone, but those on Noah’s arch. God realizes, however, that this is not an answer to the problem that humans are, and decides upon a second solution, that

being the Holy Nation of Israel. God creates Israel, so that the Holy Nation and its history can serve as a guiding-light to the world. Israel is therefore an example in which the world can look upon and learn from. A pivotal character within the great history of Israel, is the Holy Nation’s first king, King Saul. Saul epitomizes the problematic human being, and his character fully illustrates human pride, the need to rise up and be like God in judging what is right and wrong. This pride is ultimately the central source of all other sins. The rule of Saul over the people of Israel is a major turning point for the Holy Nation, for it marks the end of a line of Judges and begins a line of Kings. Saul is anointed king of Israel due to the sin of the people of Israel. The citizens

of Israel, notice not only that Samuel, the Judge, was growing old, but also that his sons, whom he appointed to succeed him as Judge, “did not follow their father’s ways but were intent on their own profit, taking bribes, and perverting the course of justice”(8:3). As a result the people demanded a king be appointed to rule over them, even after they were given a solemn warning of the future king’s tyranny (8:10-8:18). Because the Israelites reject the order of Judges, they thereby reject God’s word that He will save them, and have, as a result, lost faith in God. God states to Samuel, “Listen to the people and all that they are saying; they have not rejected you, it is I whom they have rejected, I whom they will not have be their King”(8:7). In spite of His

people’s sin against Him, however, God finds a king to rule over Israel, and chooses Saul. In the beginning Saul is a strong and humble leader to his people. When is uncle questions him about Samuel’s remarks, Saul replies, ” ‘He told us that the donkeys had been found’… but he did not repeat what Samuel had said about his being king”(10:16). He does not tell his uncle that he is to become king of Israel because he is not overconfident and prideful in his position as ruler over God’s chosen ones. Moreover, Saul becomes very zealous and effective leader when he chooses to “[take] a pair of oxen, cut them in pieces, and [send] messenger with the pieces all through Israel to proclaim that the same would be done to the oxen of any man who did not follow [Samuel and

himself] to battle”(11:5). Saul’s first acts and first successes as king prove not only that he possesses the qualities of a good leader, but also reinforces in the mind of the people that he is God’s chosen. Saul’s first victories against the nation’s enemies cause great joy and excitement amongst the Israelites. During this moment of rejoicing, Samuel gives a warning to the people of Israel that is more directed towards Saul himself. Samuel states, “If you will revere the Lord and give true and loyal service, if you do not rebel against his commands, and if you and the king who reigns over you are faithful to the Lord you God, well and good, but if you do not obey the Lord, and if you rebel against his commands, then his hands will be against you and against your