C HAPTER 7 Section
A TIME LINE OF KINGSHIP: REBELLION, FAILURE AND HOPE Heavenly Kingdom Before time began, God reigned over a heavenly kingdom, and one of God’s own angels, Satan, tried to usurp his throne (Jude 1:6; Revelation 12:4). A Kingdom in Chaos Humanity's rebellion plunged the planet in a flood of sickness and sorrow, darkness and death. And yet, the hope and promise of a righteous king persisted.
A Kingdom of Priests Failed God commissioned Abraham’s descendants to be a “kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exodus 19:6). They received land, laws, and leadership, but the leaders continually broke the laws and eventually lost the land.
King David What about David, the pure-hearted, psalm-singing, giant-slaying shepherd boy? Even with his sincere love for God, he committed adultery, failed at fatherhood, and joined his ancestors in the grave.
A Kingdom Divided Rehoboam listened to his frat-boy peers instead of his grey-haired counselors (1 Kings 12:1–20), and Jeroboam set the bar so low that he became the default standard of wickedness to which later kings were compared (1 Kings 15:25–26, 30, 34; 16:2, 7, 19, 26, 31; 22:52).
Rebellion Against the King Then God formed a kingdom on the earth only to see it too invaded by this fallen angel.56 The satanic serpent entered the garden and enticed God’s image-bearers to join his rebellion (Genesis 3:1–8).57 A Promised King Even as Adam and Eve watched Eden fade in the rearview mirror, God’s last words to them had included the promise of a king so powerful that he would shatter the serpent’s power (Genesis 3:15).
A King Like the Nations God yielded to the Israelites’ copycat demand for a king “like all the nations” (1 Samuel 8:5, 20) and Saul got the popular vote because he was tall, dark, and handsome, but God’s forewarnings about the resulting misery came true time and again (1 Samuel 8:10–17).
King Solomon Then Solomon, David's son bowed at the feet of his thousand-plus women and their thousands of idols (1 Kings 11:1–8).
Failed Kingdoms This dismal trajectory would only continue; the remainder of Israel’s kings proved to be a parade of disappointments with only a few shining lights scattered among them.
Published on Jul 20, 2011
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