“When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.” Proverbs 29:2 NLT
Rulers affect the people they rule over. God says they do. They can help make their lives better or miserable. For the greater majority of Solomon’s reign he was a good king. Israel enjoyed 40 years of peace and no war while he was king. Just think of how many lives were spared because of 40 years of no wars. But how many throughout history have suffered under the hand of selfish rulers?
“Some time later two prostitutes came to the king to have an argument settled. “Please, my Lord,” one of them began, “this woman and I live in the same house. I gave birth to a baby while she was with me in the house. Three days later this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there were only two of us in the house. “But her baby died during the night when she rolled over on it. Then she got up in the night and took my son from beside me while I was asleep. She laid her dead child in my arms and took mine to sleep beside her. And in the morning when I tried to nurse my son, he was dead! But when I looked more closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t my son at all.” Then the other woman interrupted, “It certainly was your son, and the living child is mine.” “No,” the first woman said, “the living child is mine, and the dead one is yours.” And so they argued back and forth before the king. Then the king said, “Let’s get the facts straight. Both of you claim the living child is yours, and each says that the dead one belongs to the other. All right, bring me a sword.” So a sword was brought to the king. Then he said, “Cut the living child in two, and give half to one woman and half to the other!” Then the woman who was the real mother of the living child, and who loved him very much, cried out, “Oh no, my Lord! Give her the child—please do not kill him!” But the other woman said, “All right, he will be neither yours nor mine; divide him between us!” Then the king said, “Do not kill the child, but give him to the woman who wants him to live, for she is his mother!” When all Israel heard the king’s decision, the people were in awe of the king, for they saw the wisdom God had given him for rendering justice.” 1 Kings 3:16-28 NLT
Can wisdom like this be found in kings today? While I do believe there are many smart kings and queens those possessing godly wisdom is another matter. Having godly wisdom is far better than being smart.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 KJV
Jesus is King Of Kings and Lord Of Lords. So why don’t people vote for or choose him? Well, Jesus’ kingdom (government) is not a part of this world, and people can’t see him. Folks claim to believe in only what they can see. Also this king makes you see yourself. Though invisible to the naked eye Jesus shows people their sins and the need to repent. Human beings don’t like that. So they choose human kings who make a bunch of false promises that appeal to the flesh. These kings tell people what they want to hear much like false prophets do. And people love false prophets. True ones they can’t stand. Jesus is the prophet of all prophets and so much more.
“‘Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” John 18:36-37 NIV
From the above text we see that Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world but, “from another place,” heaven. We also see that Jesus was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. Only those on the side of the truth can listen to him. They are and always have been a minority. I know, many have claimed through the centuries and do today to be Christians, but it’s just a claim. Only a few truly obey Jesus as their Lord, as their king. Jesus himself testified to this fact:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. MANY will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” Matthew 7:21-23 NIV
Wow! How horribly disappointed so “MANY” will be. The works they thought they were doing in Jesus’ name they depended on so much could not save them. They allowed themselves to be fooled by Satan. They truly didn’t know Jesus at all. Had they honestly studied the scriptures they would have come to know him. They also would have been given understanding of the text that says:
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” Ephesians 2:8-9 NLT
Jesus words show that on Judgment Day MANY will think God owes them salvation because of all the good things they think they did in Jesus’ name. They really didn’t know Jesus as Lord, and he doesn’t know them either. So MANY use the name of Jesus and their good deeds to give the appearance of being righteous:
“They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!” 2 Timothy 3:5 NLT
It seems like after living this way for so long and refusing to repent they begin to believe their own lies.
WHAT WILL WE DO?
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 NLT
Do we know Jesus? Do we believe scripture when it says the good things we do were planned for us by God long ago? So how could any of us ever boast? Instead we can only thank God for His mercy, for choosing to use us in his service? Are we really getting to know Jesus as our Lord, as our king?
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