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Israel was God’s special nation among the pagans. It was a nation in the true sense of the word, with government, land, borders, states (tribes), and a population based on birth.

As such, the government was supposed to represent God’s will and promote it among the people. The government was first made up of judges and prophets. Then the people demanded to be ruled by a king, like the Gentiles. The king should encourage justice and righteousness and quickly punish evildoers. Continue reading