Monday, October 22, 2012

Kingship

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.
1 Samuel 8:7

In 1 Samuel 8, the Israelites asked Samuel to appoint a king to lead them.

Asking for a king was not the sin.  Asking for a king other than God was.

Here they had God Almighty as their King, who surely went before them and defended them and Whose faithfulness had been proven, but it wasn't enough for them.  

No, they wanted a king.  Someone to look at so that in turn they would look like other nations.  And as frustrating as it may be to understand why they would desire such a thing, aren't we the same?

We want what the world has.  Its security lies in wealth, strength in fame, and comfort in popularity.  Sure, we might not come out and say it, but the desire is there none the less.  We say it differently.  We want our security from strong marriages, our strength in well behaved children, and our comfort in fully funded savings account like the little ants.  

And where in none of the aforementioned (strong marriages, etc) is essentially sinful, they are if we have them as our king to lead us and go out before us and fight our battles, because that only belongs to the Lord.  

Let us come from hiding behind someone or something as our king.  Let us come from out of the world and stop trying to be like all the other nations.  Let us not reject the kingship of Jesus but rather welcome it and desire it alone in our lives. 

2 comments:

  1. Great Post! Help us Jesus to allow You and only You to reign in our hearts...

    ReplyDelete
  2. For the last two weeks the Pastor has been teaching on this very subject in Sunday Bible Study.

    To think that the Isrealites had the Lord Himself to rule and guide them and they still rejected Him.
    They desired a mere mortal to stand up for them and deliver them.

    It can be easy to fall into that trap but the Word gives us the confidence that separated from Jesus we can do absolutely nothing.

    ReplyDelete

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14