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His Kingdom is Forever

Today’s reading: I Samuel 30-31; Luke 17:20-37

6 Thus Saul died, and his three sons, and his armor-bearer, and all his men, on the same day together. I Samuel 31:6

20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you. Luke 17:20-21

The king is dead! Long live the king!

Saul, the first king of Israel, had a miserable reign, thanks to his own foolishness. He failed to obey God. He failed to trust God. He failed to recognize his sin and seek forgiveness. God’s Spirit departed from him. He became paranoid and obsessively chased David around for years trying to kill him. His reign was permeated with his foolish decisions and ended in defeat and shame.

What do we make of this? The then-new kingdom that started out with some optimism and hope that Israel would be stable and successful ended in failure. A better king was desperately needed if a better kingdom was to be established.

God raised up a new king and a new dynasty under David as we shall see in II Samuel. But even that kingdom was not the ultimate one. The kingdom of God would come with the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ of the line of David. That is the true and final kingdom, but it would not come immediately during His earthly ministry which ended in His crucifixion, death, and resurrection. We still await the culmination of the kingdom. We now know the King. We know that He is the perfect Son of God. His rule will be perfect. His people have been forgiven and will be made perfect when that kingdom comes in its fullness.

Let us live for that day, announcing the Eternal King, Jesus Christ. His Kingdom is forever!

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