One of the biggest decisions Israel made after leaving Egypt, was to become like their neighbors, and choose a single leader. They were tired of being a confederacy in and out of the grasp of the Philistines, and probably worried that Egypt, Assyria and others would over take them at any moment. So they ask their last judge, Samuel, for a king.
Are they rejecting God? Do we know what we give up for the sake of security and leadership? What are we willing to pay - our young men, our young daughters, our crops and our wealth and our money for taxes?
This is one of the most important passages for Anabaptists who have often shared their lack of faith in leadership - both government and clergy, to be the final answer and the best way to live together under God.
To be a good citizen and a good Christian is not necessarily easy together. The prophets became the primary voice to help (re)focus the monarchy. We'll learn about them in a few weeks.