God’s people in crisis!
Gotham City is a fictional comic book city best known as the home of Batman. One of the writers of the Batman comics once said that Gotham City is figuratively akin to “Manhattan below Fourteenth Street at eleven minutes past midnight on the coldest night in November”, in other words – it’s not the kind of place you want to be on your own in the middle of the night.
As we begin to look at the book of 1 Samuel we find another place you probably wouldn’t want to visit at this time– Israel. Throughout the times of the Judges God’s holy and chosen people have strayed so far from God that the Israel we find at the start of 1 Samuel looks no different to its surrounding pagan nations. There is tribal warfare, sexual abuse, bribery, hypocrisy and idol worship. Just like Gotham city needs Batman, Israel needs a saviour. This time however, they don’t need saving from slavery in Egypt, as they were in the past, this time Israel needs saving from themselves.
And so, 1 Samuel begins with a nativity story. God’s salvation so often begins with the birth of a simple child. Samuel is born, and through this man God will begin to establish an eternal Kingdom that will lead His people to become faithful once more.
At the end of Judges it says “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21 v 25
God’s people needed a King.