K for King: God rules over everyone.
“For God is the King of all the earth…God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.” – Psalm 47:7a, 8
Review 1 Samuel 8:5-22: Israel Asks for a King
- God chose the nation of Israel to be His special people. He loved and cared for them in special ways.
- God freed them from slavery in Egypt.
- God gave them His righteous commands.
- God was patient with them and forgave them over and over.
- God gave them a good place to live and provided them with all they needed.
- God fought against Israel’s enemies; He always won.
- The Israelite’s should have been happy living as God’s special people. But they weren’t…They looked around at other nations, and those nations had something they wanted: a king
Read Psalm 47: 7-8
- God is the King of all the earth. God reins and rules over everyone, even over other kings. God had shown Israel that He was the best King of all.
- Do you think God said something like: “Because Israel wants a new king, I’ll stop ruling the nations. I’ll give up My throne in heaven”?
Read Psalm 146:10 “The LORD reigns forever…”
- God is King. His Kingship doesn’t depend on what people want or decide.
- God would not stop being King because Israel rejected Him. But God did decide to give Israel the kind of king they wanted.
- Over time, Israel had many kings, including many that were bad and made the people miserable.
- The greatest king of Israel was David. God promised that some day He would send a King who would be greater than David.
- Recall the Triumphal Entry from last week’s lesson. Jesus is the King God had promised. God the Father has given Jesus all authority to rule earth and heaven (Matthew 28:18). He is the true King. He will be King forever.