When God delivers them, their unbelief delays their entry into the Promised Land. The period of the judges ends in debauchery, corruption, decay. And now the period of the monarchy is winding up in similar shame.
God help us: we need a more radical answer than these.
A characteristically deft insight from Carson: the fall of the monarchy in Israel (due to unfaithfulness) highlights the fallacy of thinking that a king would be an improvement over the judges (who didn’t do so hot either!).
Indeed, “we need a more radical answer than these”!