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When God Is Not Enough 1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15)

When God Is Not Enough

God's sufficiency is transmitted through God's people.

At a Glance

Although our war of independence in the mid-1770s was a struggle to be rid of a monarchy, today we still seem fascinated by the very monarchy we once despised. Most monarchies today are ceremonial regencies only, living tableaus of a different past. In today's text, Israel decides that if it is going to live under a monarch, it would prefer one of flesh and bones. God, it seems, was not enough.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Build a Bridge and Get Over It," June 8, 1997, at

Our American colonist ancestors fought a long and hard war to rid themselves of rule by the English king, setting up our government as a democratic constitutional republic instead of a monarchy.

Yet today, we seem fascinated by the British royals. If you do a Google search on that topic, you'll find among the top results articles with titles like "Why are we still so obsessed by the British royals?" posted every year since 2011.

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