Judges 8:23 (KJV) Longing for Leadership

Judges 8:23 (KJV)
And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.


Jamieson, Fausett and Brown
“Gideon knew too well, and revered too piously the principles of the theocracy, to entertain the proposal for a moment. Personal and family ambition was cheerfully sacrificed to a sense of duty, and every worldly motive was kept in check by a supreme regard to the divine honor. He would willingly act as judge, but the Lord alone was King of Israel.”


Long before Samuel was demanded of Israel to anoint them a king, Israel had already made up their mind they wanted one to rule over them.


I have speculated that this longing for leadership may trace back to Joshua not providing for Israel a replacement before his own death. This emptiness may have led them first:

  • to scatter as sheep without a shepherd and then
  • to seek leadership indiscriminately


The Lord is the only ruler we ought to have but He has ordained that we be gathered around undershepherds.


A people not Scripturally led will either run off into anarchy or else choose to themselves leaders to their own destruction.


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Judges 8:23 (KJV) Longing for Leadership

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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