Sunday, March 30, 2008

Praise God For Giving Us A King

I’ve mentioned the dark sad story here before, and it’s easy to find and read for yourself in 1 Samuel chapter 8. Israel was led by God, His rule administrated through the “Judges”. Samuels’s sons, whom he had made judges, did evil: “did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after dishonest gain and took bribes and perverted justice.”
Which was all the Israelites needed to justify their desire for a king to lead them, a human king, such as all their neighboring countries had.
God warned them of what such a king would do to them instead of for them, but they demanded a king just the same and God, knowing the outcome, relented and Samuel was told to make Saul king over Israel. And he proved to be a Democrat. (Just Kidding!)
Praise God for giving us our King, once crowned with thorns, now sitting at the right hand of God the Father.
“3And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.” Hebrews 1:3-4
But it gets even better. Not only is Christ crowned in Glory, but His Glory, His Kingdom shall someday be the same on earth as it is in Heaven. He will return and put an end to all evil, all sin, and all death.
“6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”
7 “I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
9 ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”
10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
Take warning, O judges of the earth.
11 Worship the LORD with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.
12 Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!” Psalm 2:6-12
Mt pastor noted today in his sermon that these are the ‘Last Days’, that we have been in the last days since Christ ascended to Heaven as recorded in Acts:
“9And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. 11They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.” Acts 1:9-11
He will come back, just as He left, and He will rule as our King forever.
Praise God for giving us a King!

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