Israel Wants A King, part 4
The southern kingdom had 20 kings and only a few did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, and they too were punished and carried away by a foreign army, Babylon, and was there for 70 years. King Cyrus feared the God of Israel and permitted the remnant of the southern kingdom to return to their homeland and rebuild Jerusalem and the temple. Of all the kings that both kingdoms had, none of them obeyed all of the rules that God gave them through Samuel to follow. God would speak to the prophets of Israel and give them hope of a king that would be faithful to God above all others. A sinless king, a Messiah who would deliver all of mankind from sin. King David speaks to this coming king who’s kingdom will endure forever for all mankind, for all those who fear him and love him, Psalm 145:9-13, "Yahweh is good to all. His tender mercies are over all his works.
All your works will give thanks to you, Yahweh. Your saints will extol you. They will speak of the glory of your kingdom, and talk about your power; to make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, the glory of the majesty of his kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. Your dominion endures throughout all generations. Yahweh is faithful in all his words, and loving in all his deeds." Daniel agrees, 2:44 "In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, nor will its sovereignty be left to another people; but it will break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it will stand forever…The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure." Praise be to the Holy and Living God of Heaven! He has given us a King above all kings, and a Lord above all Lords, he has given us Messiah. Brothers and sisters, we have a King! Amen.