“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 Samuel8:6–7)
The rule of God over Israel in a theocratic nation was the ideal, and was deeply rooted in the Old Testament. In historical crisis, the people rejected God’s ideal and demanded an earthly king. The Sinai covenant established God and no one else as king over Israel. So serious was this development that God made a new covenant with Israel, expressed in the promise later to David that a king of his lineage would reign forever. The 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 expression of God’s rule over His people.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, we have no need for a monarch, we only have a need for You. You are our God and this is so much more than we could ever desire, for You seek a relationship with each of us; You want to be of our daily lives, but no monarch could ever come close to this. You created this world and all that is in it, and it was accomplished by Your voice and breath and direction. We don’t want someone to hold our hands, we want someone to lead us in righteous living, with moral character, and honesty and truth. There is no one on this earth than can provide all that we need, care for us, guide us in living morally correct lives. We want a relationship with You alone, now and for ever more. In Jesus’ Precious name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Best thing to save for your future is your soul!”
“In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left 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, bring an end to all earthly kingdoms. The realization of this everlasting kingdom would involved a direct intervention of God to set it up.
The triumph of God’s kingdom over the kingdoms of the 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 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 e fully established, never to be destroyed.
“See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him, who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, ‘Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.’ The words ‘once more’ indicated the removing of what can be shaken—-created things—-so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.’” (Hebrews12:25–29)
The judgment of God upon the present world order will be as a shaking of the heavens and the earth. The purpose is to reveal the durable or eternal things that cannot be shaken. Chief among these is the coming kingdom of God. It will be eternal. The thought of the coming kingdom should lead people to grateful, reverent worship.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“He will be great and called the Son of he Most High. The Lord God will give him his kingdom the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, his kingdom will never end.’” (Luke1:32-23)
Israel’s long-expected King was born to an 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.
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. David ruled for a few years on a throne in Jerusalem. Jesus reigns forever in the hearts of His followers. He will come again to establish His kingdom full and openly. When? One day. Are you ready?