The King

The Orthodox Jews still refer to the coming of a King: King Messiah. His coming is promised all throughout the Old Testament.  He would not be only a deliverer; He would be the Sinbearer, the King of the Jews.  Every Jewish woman longed for a son, hoping that he would be Messiah. The Gospel of Matthew presents Jesus as Messiah, proving His right to that title in a number of ways, beginning with His genealogy.  In Matthew, His descent goes back to Abraham, but focuses on his claim to royalty as Son of David; his earthly claim is as a son of Abraham. 

Matthew is the only book that records the coming of the Magi, who came to worship the King of the Jews.  He was born in David’s city; He was worshiped by the representatives of the Gentiles in spite of His lowly surroundings, because they knew the prophecies and followed the Star.  They gave Him gold, as befitted His royalty.

Kings have forerunners, and so did Jesus. John the Baptist’s message was “The Kingdom of Heaven has drawn nigh.”  When the rejected King returns, His forerunner will be Elijah. More on all this as we proceed through the book. There is much more throughout the book that verifies Jesus as King.  Matthew gives the most full version of the ill-named Sermon on the Mount;  Mark and Luke give only fragments, and John never mentions it.  It is given fully in Matthew because it is a teaching concerning the Kingdom; the Magna Charta, so to speak, of the Kingdom and all its principles.  Because Israel rejected her King, the Kingdom has been postponed. Christendom is not that Kingdom.  In this message, Jesus speaks as the King and the Lawgiver. Again, more on all this as we proceed. 

When Jesus sent out His servants to preach the coming kingdom, He sent them as emissaries for the King, giving them power that only the King could give. It’s a fascinating study, and I’m eager to really dig into it. 

Things are coming to a crescendo here as Christmas draws near.  I don’t know how often I’ll be back to my blog.  I want to do at least one more post before the big day, but I can’t make any promises.  We’ll see. 

 

6 thoughts on “The King

  1. Christendom is indeed not the kingdom of God. But Jesus’ kingdom was not postponed; his new kingdom became an international kingdom of disciples who followed him as king through the power of his Spirit. As Paul says in Rom. 14:17-18, “For the kingdom of God does not mean food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit; he who thus serves Christ (king Jesus) is acceptable to God and approved by men.”

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    1. Hello, and thank for reading and posting. I welcome comments, even if we disagree, as long as the tone is civil and courteous.

      There are divergent views on this whole issue of the Kingdom; when, where, how long, etc. My views are based on Dispensational theology, and it sounds like you’re coming from a more Covenant theology point of view. We’re probably not going to agree on everything I write here, but I surely would welcome you as part of my community, and also welcome your comments. I won’t argue or debate. That’s not what this blog is for. I’m assuming that my readers have the background, intelligence, and Holy Spirit control to behave in a wise, kind, and godly manner in making up their minds what they believe.

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      1. Thanks for welcoming my comments and participation in your community. My view of the kingdom is not so much covenant theology (which emphasizes the unity between old and new testaments more than the diversity) since I think Jesus introduced a new kingdom that was different from the kingdom of Israel. So in that sense I am closer to dispensational theology, since I see two different dispensations (the diversity between the old and new). But unlike dispensational theology, I think the whole N.T. is primarily about the one new dispensation of Jesus’ kingdom of disciples, who obey the commands of king (Lord) Jesus in the power of the Spirit.

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      2. I think I understand what you’re saying, but I have LOTS of concerns about your viewpoint. Should be interesting to see how things develop as I dig into the book of Matthew. I warn you, sometimes it takes me a very long time to work through a passage, since there are times when every word needs to be examined. I hope you’re a patient person 🙂

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  2. My pastor brought out thinking on Sunday morning that it was Daniel that educated the people of Babylon in things to come concerning the Messiah. The teaching was passed down through the years, and that is how the Wise Men (from the East) knew about a King of the Jews. He cited many Scriptures, but I didn’t take notes. Just adding something to think on. You may already have it in your arsenal of study.

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