March 31, 2012 Bible Reading
God is still laying out culture for Israel through Moses in Deuteronomy today. He says:
be sure to appoint over you a king the Lord your God chooses. He must be from among your fellow Israelites. Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not an Israelite. The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the Lord has told you, “You are not to go back that way again.” He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold. (Deuteronomy 17:15-17 NIV)
As we will see, the Kings we will read about very soon all seem to break at least one of these instructions.
It’s easy to sit back and say “How could they miss this! God Told them.” Then I think about all of the things God has told me to do that I missed. Where in “my kingdom” have I missed my mark?
“Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:27 NIV)
That came true when Jesus showed his Glory. Do you remember when James and John asked him:
“Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.” “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?” (Mark 10:37, 38 NIV)
His Glory or His Kingdom is one of service, of sacrifice, of fighting evil with The Word, of resurrection, and of faith. Some of the people standing there saw all of that.
If Jesus truly lives in me, then I can show his Kingdom too, right? His Kingdom is not only the things listed above, but also us, the subjects of His Kingdom. We are His Kingdom.
King David is one of my heroes in the Bible too. He was a man of noble character, wise, strong, anointed by God to be King. Even God said he was a man after God’s own heart. He did make some major boo boos, but still did some amazing things in The Spirit of God.
In Psalms, we see David’s final Psalm and it’s about a King. No doubt when he wrote it people must have thought, “this guys is full of himself”. I don’t know about you but to me it seems prophetic about the King that would sit on the Throne in Heaven forever. I believe David was writing about Jesus with a form of aspiration. It’s like David is telling us how The Great King will be.
Great Segway to King Solomon’s writing in Proverbs.
Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant
than pretend to be somebody and have no food. (Proverbs 12:9 NIV)
That’s just how Jesus rolls. He served to lead. He didn’t pretend to be great. He served and He was and IS Great.
What do you think?
I would love to know what you think. Thanks to all of my commenters. You guys help me to see why God has asked me to do this.
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