The Benevolent King {1 Samuel 8:7-22}

There was a kingdom ruled by a king who had very many subjects, as many as the grains of sand on the seashores.  And all of his subjects were pawns. He had no bishops or rooks or queens or kings.  No corporals or sergeants or lieutenants or captains or majors or colonels--no generals of any kind.  There were no rulers to guide the people or leaders to command the troops.  .


Each man received counsel and instruction directly from the king himself, because He was a benevolent king and would not suffer His pawns to be led astray by others less qualified.  And his kingdom had no walls. 


And the people of the benevolent kingdom prospered in all that they did.  All of their needs were met, so much so that they could not imagine a desire.  And the people were envied by those living in other kingdoms, the others.


The others, with their rulers, plotted against the benevolent kingdom.  But it was to no avail as the benevolent king knew all and provided all that He knew to His people as it was needed.  And with the wisdom of their benevolent king, the people of the benevolent kingdom thwarted all the attack of the others.


And they grew in wisdom and knowledge and continued to prosper.


The others began to dwell amongst the people of the benevolent kingdom so that they too could prosper but they continued to seek guidance from their rulers and leaders.  They read the books and took accredited courses of their rulers and leaders on how to prosper in the benevolent kingdom.  As prosperity eluded them, they they comforted themselves with the knowledge that they had done all they knew to do; and they continued to encourage the reading of books and the taking of accredited courses of their rulers and leaders.


            And they rejoiced in their very small victories; doctors received wisdom to treat their diabetes and high blood pressure; despite the odds they found donors for needed transplants; they were able to obtain reasonable loans to visit the Holy Land; most of their sons survived the wars and returned home with only minor impairments and disabilities; their wayward children were paroled at the first opportunity. 

And with all their small victories the others encouraged the pawns of the Benevolent Kingdom to read the books and take the accredited courses of their rulers and leaders that they too could prosper.  And some did . . .