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Itís amazing how quickly a classroom can turn when a teacher walks out for a moment. Paper, hats, pens, shoes, glass bottles get thrown at fans. Bags get thrown out of windows. Furniture is mysteriously re-arranged so that all students are now sitting in the back corners of the room. Two of the more interesting stories Iíve heard about were when a teacher returned to the PE change rooms to find a mentally handicapped student emerge and run around the playground completely naked, and another occasion when a particularly troublesome year eight boy lit up a cigarette, started smoking it, and then proceeded to light some of the carpet on fire. When thereís no authority in the room thereís always a possibility that all hell will break loose. Thereís no one in charge so everyone does as they see fit, even if that means setting fire to the room.
Hopefully youíll remember that phrase that is repeated about three times toward the end of judges, firstly in 17:6 Ė ďIn those days Israel had no king everyone did as he saw fit.Ē As a political statement itís quite accurate Ė Israel had a series of leaders and prophets beginning with Moses and passing down through to the Judges. But thatís no really what this statement is all about. Israel didnít have a king when Moses was leading them, but we donít hear that refrain repeated throughout Leviticus or Deuteronomy.
The real question we need to answer is Ďwho should their king have been?í.
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