When you read Samuel’s warnings, what impression do you get of kings? The phrase, “he will take”, is repeated again and again. What do you think motivates the kings actions? How will the people’s lives be impacted in this dynamic? Given the impact, why do you think the people continue to pursue these political and economic arrangements?
The history of Israel and Judah attests that having a King like all the nations around them was a mixed bag. A few of them were good and led the nation toward justice; but many more were destructive. Even Solomon, often considered the pinnacle of the Israelite monarchy, used slave labor and forced labor for many of his building projects.
What parallels do you see between the Samuel’s warning and our current political and economic arrangements? How does the profit motive or the power motive impact the ‘average Joe’ in our economic system?