In 1st Samuel Samuel is instructed to: And the LORD said to Samuel, "Hearken to their voice, and make them a king." (1Samuel (RSV) 8). So Israel gets Saul.
16 "Tomorrow about this time I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over my people Israel. He shall save my people from the hand of the Philistines; for I have seen the affliction of my people, because their cry has come to me." 17 When Samuel saw Saul, the LORD told him, "Here is the man of whom I spoke to you! He it is who shall rule over my people." (1Samuel (RSV) 9)
Interesting that Saul's title from God is "prince" and not King. Also similarly,
"for I have seen the affliction of my people, because their cry has come to me" and God's words to Moses at the "Burning Bush":Exodus 7 Then the Lord said, “I have seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters; I know their sufferings, 8 and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Per′izzites, the Hivites, and the Jeb′usites.
Latter-on The LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you grieve over Saul, seeing I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons." (1Samuel (RSV) 16)
Did God ever intend for Israel to ever have a "king"? It seems he wanted a "Prince" to rule in His name with the title of King but He would always be the true "King of Israel"?
`Since the day that I brought my people out of the land of Egypt, I chose no city in all the tribes of Israel in which to build a house, that my name might be there, and I chose no man as prince over my people Israel; 6 but I have chosen Jerusalem that my name may be there and I have chosen David to be over my people Israel.' (2Chronicles (RSV) 6)
Does this indicate a "flexibility" in the mind of God in response to the response of the People of Israel?
Similarly does this not prefigure the role of Pope as Jesus Christ's vicar on earth? And in the appointment of the Pope a reflection of God's indication of what the Church needs at that time?