[b-hebrew] The 'need' for a king?

Shoshanna Walker rosewalk at concentric.net
Thu Aug 16 18:23:10 EDT 2007

Of course G-d gives prophecies about the consequences of human sin. 
Look at Parshat Ki Tavo.

If you are implying here that G-d gives a prophecy that Israel will 
ask for a king because they want to be like other nations, and that 
this is a sin, and that the commandment to appoint a king, therefore, 
is a consequence (ie; punishment) of their sinning by asking to be 
like other nations, that is not the understanding of our 
thousands-of-years-old tradition.

Appointing a king, having a king, is certainly no punishment.  The 
punishment would be, rather, if we were so undeserving, NOT to have a 
proper leader (like today, maybe?).


>But does it being a prophecy imply that it is God's will? Does God 
>never gives prophecies about human sins and their consequences?

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