Meditation

Meditation for 09/03/2019

But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” This displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.” (1st Samuel1:67)

The idea of God’s divine kingship is deeply rooted in the Old Testament. The rule of God over Israel in a theocratic nation was the ideal. In historical crisis, the people rejected God’s ideal and demanded an earthly king. The event of establishing a king over Israel was a crucial one in terms of kingdom history. The Sinai covenant established God and no one else as king over Israel. Israel’s demand for a king was a clear rejection of that covenant condition. So serious was this development that God made a new covenant with Israel, expressed in the promise late to David that a king of his lineage would reign forever.

The two covenants were fulfilled in Jesus Christ, who is not only divine but also a descendant of David. No other person who has ever lived or ever will live can fulfill these two covenants and bring them together into one new covenant. In God’s providence the less than ideal monarchy functioned as the earthly expression of God’s rule over His people.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, Your people rejected the ideal plan for them and in effect, rejected You as well. So often in our times now, we see similar rejections of You through a lack of respect for life, for the dignity of others, for the destruction of this country that You have blessed for so long. Abba, forgive us when we openly reject You and Your will for us. Help us to humble ourselves and come back before Your throne of grace, with penitent hearts, seeking Your forgiveness and a true desire to return to You. We do love You, Abba, and seek for You to once again guide us through Your Spirit in the ways we need to go and to take the message of eternal salvation to all. This we ask in our Lord and Savior Jesus’ name. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Serving God tomorrow will do nothing to help you today.

KNOWING GOD:

“In the times of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed not will it be let to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.” (Daniel2:44)

This reference to a kingdom of the God of heaven that will never be destroyed but endure forever prophesies the New Testament kingdom of God and its ultimate coming in fullness. In times of oppression or difficulty the idea of God’s rule of Israel took on futuristic dimensions. The reality of oppressive kingdoms over which evil men ruled was made more bearable with the hope of a coming kingdom in which God would rule. The ultimate hope lay in a coming kingdom that would be everlasting and triumphant, bringing an end to all earthly kingdoms. The realization of everlasting kingdom would involve a direct intervention of God to set it p. The triumph of God’s kingdom over the kingdoms of he world is assured. The rule of God which Christ made possible in the lives of individual believers will one day be manifest in a realm over which Christ reigns in righteousness. God’s covenant with Old Testament Israel was to be King over the nation, but Israel violated the covenant. Jesus brought the new covenant and announced the kingdom to be near. At His second coming in glory the kingdom will be fully established, never to be destroyed.

I AM:

Last Things, Coming Kingdom: (Hebrews12:2529)

Second Thought of the Day:

“You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” (Luke1:32-33)

God fulfilled His promises to David through His Son and David’s descendant Jesus. God’s eternal purpose was to establish His eternal kingdom with Jesus as King. Israel’s long-expected King was born to a humble family in alien surroundings. No human ceremony crowned Him King except the mocking ceremony at His trial and crucifixion. God pronounced Him King at His birth and will reveal His royal splendor when He returns to rule the world.

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