When an earthly authority figure of is killed it is very disturbing to us because there is a danger that the government itself might be overthrown.
- God Rejected as King
1 Sam. 8:1-22
This describes the nation of Israel as it overthrows the leadership of God as they asked for an earthly king. God said warn the people of the consequences of having a worldly king.
The history of Israel shows the disastrous consequences that followed. People can’t do things better than God.
- Seeking God
Some individuals continued to seek God as their ruler. These are verses of praise and about God’s greatness and ability to rule over his kingdom.
God says he will reign through his earthly ruler.
This shows the attitude of the believer. We want God to rule over us. Seek God’s kingdom.
This was a man who was waiting for the kingdom of God. He wanted God to be in control and he saw Jesus as the fulfillment of God’s promise to rule.
God’s Return As King in Christ
Matt. 3:2, 4:17
God’s kingdom is close because of Jesus.
Jesus when he was questioned by Pilot, Jesus looked poor and abused. Jesus assured Pilot that he, Jesus, was a king, but not a kingdom of this world.
1 Thess. 2:12
God calls people into his kingdom. We have a choice.
1 Cor. 15:23-28
All things are in subjection to God. The kingdom is being built through Jesus and then the kingdom will be turned over to God.
All of God’s plans will be fulfilled.
God is the ruler of all.
Luke 19:11-14, 27
A nobleman was going to be king, but the people rejected him. The man had the rebellious ones killed. May we not be rebellious, but long for God’s rule over us.
—Robert Lee, 5-15-05, p.m.