K is for King –
Earlier this year, the world watched and waited with much anticipation for the future king of England to be born. There was pomp and circumstance. It had been many years since the prince’s father, second in line to the throne had been born, so for many it was the first time they had witnessed an event such as this.
In much the same way, the nation of Israel had been waiting for a king, but the circumstances were quite different. King David was considered to be an exemplary king. His success brought about a 400 year dynasty that had broken apart in 587 BC. The north and the south split, becoming the northern and southern states.
After the split for the nation of Israel, many of the rulers were wicked and unjust. No one was able to live up to the ideal David had set. Eventually the southern kingdom fell, as did the Davidic prince of the north. The people of Israel became increasingly anxious for someone to become the righteous ruler that they desired. The idea of a “Messianic hope” took root and grew amongst the people.
Old Testament prophets had foretold of the coming king. Isaiah chapter 11 tells of one who will come from the tree of David (some translations say Jesse, who was David’s father). Isaiah states that He will have the Spirit of “wisdom and understanding”, “counsel and might”, and the “knowledge and the fear of the Lord.” He goes on to say that He will “delight in obeying the Lord”, and that he would be just in His decisions. The second part of verse 4 says, “The earth will shake at the force of his word, and one breath from his mouth will destroy the wicked. [NLT]
Another scripture that tells of the much-anticipated king is found in Jeremiah 33:15 – “In those days and at that time I will raise up a righteous descendant from King David’s line. He will do what is just and right throughout the land. [NLT] You see, this king was to be a King unlike any before Him. The people were anxious and ready for Him to come.
Jesus first coming didn’t result in Him setting up His kingdom on earth, but rather He came to make a way that we could one day be a part of that kingdom. He is to come again as “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (Revelation 19:16). Peter shares a promise with those of us who have trusted Christ for our salvation in 2 Peter 1:11, “Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” [NLT] I am ready, ready, ready for the day to come when I will see the King of Kings return!!!!
The information about David came from the 2nd edition of the “New Bible Dictionary”, published by Inter-Varsity Press.