God disciplines His people
"...when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them... your heart is lifted up and you forget the Lord your God.... you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’
"...if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods... you shall surely perish. As the nations which the Lord destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the Lord your God." Deuteronomy 8:10-20
"There is no fear of God before his eyes.
For he flatters himself in his own eyes....
He sets himself in a way that is not good;
He does not abhor evil." Psalm 36:1-2, 4
...the Lord said to Samuel,
'Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. ...
'Now therefore, heed their voice. However, you shall solemnly forewarn them, and show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them.'
"So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who asked him for a king. And he said, 'This will be the behavior of the king who will reign over you: He will...
- take your sons and appoint them for his own chariots
- take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers....
- take a tenth of your grain and your vintage, and give it to his officers and servants.
- take a tenth of your sheep....
"And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord will not hear you in that day.'
"Nevertheless the people refused to obey.....” 1 Samuel 12:7-20
"He gave them their request,
But sent leanness into their soul."