Sunday, August 30, 2009

The kingdom of the world ... Your God reigns

Even before David became King of Israel, lots of people put their hopes in him. His coronation as king marked one of the high points in the history of Israel. Lots of people put their hopes in having a good king. Having the right king on the throne will make all the difference -- won't it? Peace, prosperity, justice -- it all comes with a good king. Except -- even the best of human kings is a sinner. David proved that; Israel joined in paying the price.

We still put our hopes in kings, or presidents, or good government. Not so much has changed since the days of King David.

I think that's why Isaiah's message from this morning's reading caught me off guard. God had warned the Israelites that he was the only true king; that in placing their hopes in an earthly leader, they looked to an earthly savior and turned their hopes away from Him. Things looked good for Israel when King David captured the fortress of Zion and made Jerusalem his capital city. That was where the king was to reign for centuries. Or I should say, where one king after another was to reign, some kings being better than others but none being perfect.
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news ... who says to Zion, "Your God reigns!" (from Isaiah 52:7)
The good news in the capital city was not that there was another fallible human in whom to place hopes, not even that there was a better-than-average fallible human in whom to place hopes. The good news was that our hopes do not rest on our government, on who reigns in the capital city here or anywhere else on earth. The good news proclaimed to the capital city was, "Your God reigns."

It was a bold proclamation to a capital city that even a good king isn't really running the show. And it was seen as good news.

1 comment:

The messenger said...

Revelation I got from God about my life after returning from Sedona,Az.

I found myself on a mountain at the end of my rope. Before me appeared a much larger rope that led as far as the eye could see. I had been climbing the rope that I was on for so long and it seemed to lead no where. Sometimes the climb was easy,sometimes it was hard,but it never seemed to get me anywhere. After much struggle with the rope I was on,one day I took a leap of "Faith" and grabbed onto the much larger rope. I started climbing and a change came over me. The higher I got, the stronger I got.At the same time,I became more frightened for fear of falling. I stopped a few times to catch my breath but felt compelled to keep climbing. Then I noticed the more I climbed,the less afraid I became. When I looked up, I could see the top of the mountain,I was in the clouds. I had almost reached the top. My heart was pounding my energy was high and I notice there had been a change in me that had taken place. I reach the top and stood up. What I saw, was the most incredible view I had ever seen. My mind was clear and taking in all the beauty around me. My heart was so soft,I wanted to cry. My soul had been changed and I felt like a new person. I would never look at my life the same. I reflected on the rope that I had spent my whole life on and wondered why I thought that the rope I was on would lead me to happiness. After trying to absorb this overwhelming quest, I all the sudden felt a great desire to climb back down the rope and tell others what I had experienced. As I climbed down,I saw other people on the rope. Some were up high and some had just started the climb. But many people were right in the middle not moving. Not going up nor going back down. When I got to the beginning of the rope, I started telling everyone that would listen to me about the rope that led to the top. Most people wouldn't listen to what I had to say. They were so content with climbing their own rope, which I knew would lead them no where for I had been climbing the same type of rope for so many years. Some people saw the rope I was on but were to afraid to make the leap of "Faith". They were afraid of falling. I noticed that while telling people about the rope,the place seemed dark and cold. It was until I saw the light on the mountain top that I could distinguish the difference. The individual ropes that we climb represents us living our own life trying to achieve fame,fortune and success on our own. Living life to satisfy ourselves. The leap to the other rope is the leap of "Faith" when we surrender our lives to Jesus. Give your life and Receive eternal life. The rope of life represents the hand of God.Climb it diligently and always know....God will never let you fall. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Jesus has his hand out. Grab hold of him! The climb represents the struggles that we endure. God will give you the Holy Spirit to comfort you and encourage you on your climb+++ When you reach the top of the mountain,the scales fall off your eyes. You have achieved eternal life You acknowledge that you have been Born Again and you got to go tell someone!!! The people that stop on the rope and become comfortable, represent the Luke warm Christian that God will spew out of his mouth. One is either in the dark or in the light. There is nothing in between. If you are by the door in the dark....your still in the dark. The Lord wants us to have a great passion for him and be on fire for him. When you are in the dark,your eyes adjust. When most everyone around you is in darkness,you don't know your in the dark. It is only when you step into the light that you realize what a dark place you were in. I pray that this will encourage you and others to seek the lord. Love thy Lord God with all your Heart,Soul,Mind and Strength. Please allow me to share with you HOW to love our Lord God with all your heart,soul,mind and strength.

Ray Baker