Longing for a King

Remember the refrain in the book of Judges?

Five times we see this phrase:

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.

At the end of Judges the reader is supposed to be crying out, “O God, we need a king.” Of course, the kings that do come next aren’t all that better than the judges.

King David is the best of the bunch, but even he has some substantial fallings.

Now the reader is supposed to be crying out, “O God, we still need a king!”

Hmm …

Perhaps the Magi are on to something when they ask, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?” (Matt 2:2)

Perhaps as the soldiers mocked Jesus they, unbeknownst even to themselves, speak truth as they cry: “Hail, king of the Jews!” (Matt 27:29)

Perhaps this all ties into Rev 11:15 where the loud voices in heaven say, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.”

Amazing things happen when you read the Bible as one unified Story.

[these thoughts brought to you courtesy of IG500. 🙂 ]

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