No More That Way

Deuteronomy 17:16
“But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.”

God knew there would come a day when Israel would no longer be a theocracy. He knew the day would come when they chose a king to lead them, and that this decision would be the first step towards their demise. The reason they would want a king is because all the nations around them had one, and because they wanted to be like all the other nations they too would choose a king.