Reign of Jesus Christ
Who was the first king of Israel? The first king
was not King Saul or David or Solomon. Jesus Christ was the first king of Israel,
and He will soon become the everlasting king of Israel.
"The Lord is the true God, he is the living
God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth
shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his
indignation." (Jeremiah 10:10) Yes, a terrible time of
trouble and wrath is just ahead of us. That is because all
Israel has refused to follow Jesus Christ as king – they would
not have Him rule over them.
Israel wanted to be like the nations around them - they wanted a flesh and blood king
they could see. Worse than that, they did not want to have
to rely on God as their King. "When you saw that Nahash the
king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me,
No; but a [human] king shall reign over us: when the
Lord your God was your king." (1 Samuel 12:12)
Jesus was King over Israel!
Jesus Christ saved Israel from Egypt – making
them forever more indebted to Him. But the rebellious people of
Israel rejected God from ruling over them. "…Thus says the
Lord God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and
delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the
hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed you: And ye
have this day rejected your God, who Himself saved you
out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and you have
said unto Him, No, but set a king over us."
(1 Samuel 10:18-19)
God seeks only those who will yield to Him with a
willing heart – He is not going to force anyone into
submission. The prophet, Samuel, realized what a disastrous
mistake Israel was making in seeking a human king to be over
them. "The Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of
the people in all that they say unto you: for they have not
rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should
not reign over them." (1 Samuel 8:7)
After Saul was disqualified as king because of
his disobedience, David became king – a man after God's own
heart (Acts 13:22). God made a promise to David that there
would always be one of his descendents on the throne of Israel. “Thus
says the Lord; David shall never want a man to sit upon the
throne of the house of Israel.” (Jeremiah 33:17)
That promise alone demonstrates God’s hands-on involvement in
the affairs of men – at all times.
King David said, "That the Lord may continue
His word which he spoke concerning me, saying, If thy children
take heed to their way, to walk before Me in truth with all
their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail you
(said He) a man on the throne of Israel."
(1 Kings 2:4) God was making a promise about the descendants of
David who would sit on the throne of Israel.
"Thy house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee:
thy throne shall be established forever." (2
"Thus saith the Lord GOD; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown:
this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him
that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and
it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will
give it him." (Ezekiel 21:26-27)
"The Lord has sworn in truth
unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body
will I set upon your throne. If
thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall
teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy
throne for evermore." (Psalm 132:11-12) And that
specifically includes Jesus Christ who will occupy the throne of
Israel at His return. Jesus is destined to sit on the throne
of His father, David, for evermore.
"Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor
and glory for ever and ever. Amen." (1 Timothy 1:17)
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