They Rejected God as Leader and Chose a Man

Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together,
        and came to Samuel unto Ramah,
And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not
        in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the
But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a
        king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.
And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the
        people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not
        rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not
        reign over them. (1 Samuel 8:4-7)

The people of Israel were living without a king to lead them like all the other nations
had. They had people called prophets who relayed Godīs Word to them and God was their
King. Then they chose to have a man rule over them as king, instead of God.

Christians have done the same thing. When Jesus washed the disciples feet it was to
show how humility and service to one another keeps us from becoming proud and hurting
eachother. But soon after He and the disciples had departed they started creating
authorities within the church. Eventually it became so bad that they created the office
of Pope, which is the head of a church and an earthly king at the same time.

This man, the Pope, was presumed infallible and was given authority to kill anyone who
disagreed with him, take money from people and start wars. This is all blasphemy against
what is written in the holy scriptures but no one could stop him. The church had created
a monster, just like Israel did when they rejected God as their king and chose a man.

These parallels from the Old Testament to the New Testament just never cease to amaze me.

Beware of any church that exalts a man to make him their leader:

Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his
        hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the
        Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the
        heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;
Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his
        hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;
He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash
        the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord,
        dost thou wash my feet?
Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not
        now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus
        answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.
Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash
        his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.
For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.
So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments,
        and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?
Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye
        also ought to wash one another's feet.
For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater
        than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that  sent him.
If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.  (Luke 13:1-17)

The lesson of these verses is that the church of God should never be led by the power of men
but only the spirit of God. Since we live in a world of wickedness our feet become covered in
the filth of this world everyday and likewise we pickup the habits of unsaved men that exalt
themselves above others. By always keeping ourselves small in our own eyes and serving
eachother we remove the filth of personal glory from us, which is all around us.