Christian Messianic Analysis and Apologetics
The Israelites then demanded their own human king [NOT the LORD] to be “like the nations around us.” God through the prophet Samuel anointed Saul from the tribe of Benjamin. Saul got off to a good start, but as he aged, His sinful pride and disobedience led to his losing his anointing, the defeat of Israel, the loss of the Ark of the Covenant, and the demise of his family. God through Samuel anointed David long before the final destruction of the House of Saul. God pushed young David through a series of trials and tests to prepare him to be the next king. He, too, began well, but in the later years of his reign he sinned greatly. The prophet Nathan was sent to confront David, and David repented, though he and his family paid a heavy price for his sins for the rest of his reign and into Solomon’s. The LORD appeared twice to Solomon, who like his two predecessors began well but became prideful and wayward later in his reign. Solomon chose to take many wives and concubines, allowing them to bring their pagan idols into the royal estates, and condoning their worship, leading to growing corruption throughout the kingdom. This angered God who punished Solomon by telling him that the kingdom would be divided and most of it taken away from his heirs, but that he would retain Judah and Jerusalem for his father David’s sake. This came to pass when Solomon’s son Rehoboam became king and chose to ignore his father’s advisors’ sound advice, alienating the northern tribes who revolted under Jeroboam.
Obed was sent to King Asa; Elijah to King Ahab; Micaiah to King Jehosaphat; Elisha to Kings Joram and Jehu; Jonah was sent to King Jehoash and to the city of Nineveh [which did repent] ; Another Man of God was sent to King Amaziah; Amos was sent to King Jeroboam II; Hosea was sent to the Northern Kingdom of Israel; Micah was sent to the Southern Kingdom of Judah; Isaiah, from Judah, spoke to the Kingdom’s of Israel and Judah [the Kingdom of Israel did not repent of idolatry and was destroyed by Assyria]; Jeremiah was sent to the Kingdom of Judah as was Zephaniah to King Josiah along with Nahum and Habakkuk to the southern Kingdom of Judah. They did not repent of their idolatry and were defeated and exiled into Babylonian captivity.
Conclusion: During this period Israel was established and behaved like the nations that surrounded them. They had the knowledge of the events that preceded their day and had a record of the consequences that resulted. Were Saul, David, Solomon and any of the Kings of Israel and Judah who came after them righteous enough to end transgression during their reign? Were the Prophets who were sent to these kings able to persuade them all to be righteous kings and turn the people of Israel and Judah back to God? What were [are] the consequences of continued willful disobedience? Perhaps the remedy to Sin will be found after the collective national punishment inflicted by Assyria against Israel and inflicted upon Judah by Babylon.