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Scripture
: “. . . you shall surely set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses; one from among your brethern you shall set as king over you; . . . ” (Deuteronomy 17:15a, NKJV)
Kingship
Take me to your leader.”
    To comply with this request, whether from alien or ambassador, one needs to know something about the one who rules. Consider that :

        "Big fleas have smaller fleas
        Upon their backs to bite 'em,
        The smaller fleas have smaller still,
        And so ad infinitum"1

    Since most of us are probably well down in the list of the “ad infinitum,”   let’s go all the way to the top, the ultimate leader “Big Flea.” To do that, we have to think about “cracy,” from (Greek) kratos, meaning strength, or power. Before you panic, “cracy” is an old friend often found on the end of words like democracy and aristocracy.  The type of leader you will find as the “Big Flea” depends very much on the basis for the government that is empowered.
    For example, democracy simply means government by the people, “the people rule,” usually involving periodically held free elections.
     An aristocracy is government by the ‘best’ individuals or by a small privileged class. There are several methods of determining who or what constitutes this privileged class, also called an oligarchy,   ("organization  by  the  'best'  and  the 'brightest”) or a plutocracy (the rule or power through wealth or by the wealthy.)
    The mono cracy or monarchy is the form of government most encountered by readers of the Bible: undivided rule or absolute sovereignty by a single person. Both Old Testament and New Testament kingdoms often had a government having an hereditary chief of state with life tenure and powers varying from nominal to absolute. Think of King David passing the reigns of power to his son, Solomon, or the Herod family of the New Testament era. The pharaoh of Egypt or emperor of Rome are essentially a monarchy with that localized title.
     We also see examples of an individual seizing power and constituting an autocracy, a form of government in which the political power is held by a single self appointed ruler. Today it is usually seen as synonymous with despot, tyrant and/or dictator, an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitution.
    It was intended by God that Israel would be a theocracy, a government of a state by immediate divine guidance or by officials who are regarded as divinely guided. Note that God did not mandate a monarchial form of rule for Israel, but recognized that the people might at some time seek to become like the neighboring nations and form a monarchy. Both Saul and David, the first Israeli kings were anointed by Samuel, thus receiving God’s blessing.
    Unfortunately, many of the leaders, the rulers, “did evil in the eyes of the LORD” by establishing a hereditary linage with autocratic powers, ignoring the tenets of Deuteronomy 17:15.
God did not abandon Israel, but, ignoring divine guidance, the kings led Israel away from God into the abomination of desolation.

  1(ad infinitum - : without end or limit )

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