“And immediately I was in the spirit: and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.” Rev. 4:2.
Only one sits on the throne. He puts kings in place and He removes them. But each has the responsibility of leading their people. Their lead determines the paths taken whether for good or evil. This is the truth found in the books of Kings and Chronicles.
Solomon began well but did not end well.
“And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice. And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods:
but he kept not that which the LORD commanded.” I Kings 11:9,10.
Because of Solomon’s disobedience to the word of the Lord, God would tear his kingdom away from him in the days of his son’s rule. For David’s sake the two southern tribes would remain in the Davidic dynasty. The ten northern tribes would come under the rule of Jeroboam.
“After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places: whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places.
And this thing became sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even to cut it off, and to destroy it from off the face of the earth…
For the LORD shall smite Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water,
and he shall root up Israel out of this good land,
which he gave to their fathers, and shall scatter them beyond the river,
because they have made their groves, provoking the LORD to anger.
And he shall give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, who did sin, and who made Israel to sin.” 1Kings 13:33,34; 14:15,16.
For the divided kingdom things went from bad to worse. The Northern Kingdom had no kings that followed the Lord. All followed the ways of Jeroboam. Their sins captured them in the Assyrian take over.
“For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them; Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets.
So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.” 2Kings 17:22,23.
Judah didn’t fare much better. A few of their kings did lead them in short-lived revival. Most, “did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord.” As was the king, so went the country. Eventually their sin defeated them through the Babylonians.
“Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand…
And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia.” 2Chron. 36: 17, 20.
Would the LORD God forsake his people, his covenant with Abraham and with David? Would he deny himself? Paul answers these questions in Romans 11.
“I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid…
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits;
that blindness in part is happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.
And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written,
There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes; but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”
In 1948 Israel returned to her land as a united nation. We wait with them for the revelation of their one King and ours to sit on the throne of David and reign in righteousness forever.
“Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end,
upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom,
to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this…Isa. 9:7
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last…
I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches.
I am the root and the offspring of David,
and the bright and morning star…
Surely I come quickly.” Rev. 22: 13, 16,20.
Let’s remember to pray for the peace of Israel, learn from their hard lessons, and carefully choose the leaders we will follow. For as the king goes, so goes the country.
How are you preparing for the coming of our King?