I am filling in on Wednesday evening as our small group is going through an overview of the OT. Seeing Christ in every book of the Bible. I have the task of providing an overview of the book of Judges. As I have been reading up, I ran across and interesting article that advocates that the period of the Judges was part of the plan of God to prepare them for a king/King. This seems to fly in the face of God's instructions to Samuel when the people demanded a king like the other nations. On the other hand, Messianic prophecies after the period of Judges point to a King and a Kingdom. A second source suggested that God's intention was for them to have a king/King, yet at another time. They weren't really ready at this point, thus the problems with Saul. Is there a contradiction with Christ being King, verses God's instructions to Samuel regarding the people's demand for a king? What do you all think?