The Good, the Bad, and the Relatively Ugly

This post is about the kings of the nation of Israel/Judah. Now before I continue I just want you to visually imagine Clint Eastwood sitting on the throne of Israel…cigar, cowboy hat, poncho, and all…or you could imagine King David dressed up as Clint Eastwood in this movie since he is the best king Israel ever had.

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Now, on a more serious not, I would like to share a few of the things I learned from the kingdom era of the nation of Israel. The main things I learned are that the major majority of the kings never followed God and His plan for Israel. I hope that you enjoy some of my following thoughts and feel free to share your thoughts as well!

The kingdom era was a very important time for the nation of Israel for several different reasons. The first of these is that the people of Israel wanted an earthly leader to reign over them as other nations had (1 Samuel 8:5) and God granted them their wish (1 Samuel 8:22). Another reason that the kingdom era was a significant time for the nation of Israel is that it was also the most prosperous time in Israel’s history. The nation of Israel has never been more powerful or successful than it was during the rule of the kings of Israel. However, this time of prosperity was short-lived due to the greed and unfaithfulness of the people and kings of Israel. During this time there was a united kingdom of Israel that had three kings and lasted for 120 years. Of the three kings, David is considered a good king, Solomon is considered a pretty good king, and Saul is considered a bad king. After the united kingdom era the nation of Israel split into the nations of Israel (north region with ten tribes) and Judah (southern region with two tribes). The new nation of Israel had nineteen kings and every single one of them was an evil king. The nation of Judah had twenty kings and only eight of them were considered good kings. The first king of Israel was Saul. Saul was chosen by God to be the first king of Israel (1 Samuel 9:17; 10:21). Saul was chosen by God for the role that he would play in destroying the Philistines. He was also chosen by God to represent the nation of Israel in the way that the Israelites wanted to be represented. Saul was said to be a very handsome and strong man, a head taller than any other people in the nation of Israel (1 Samuel 10:23-24). Saul is considered a bad king. The reason for this is that he never really had a heart for God. God chose Saul to represent and fight for the nation of Israel but knew that, ultimately, he would fail in his role as king because he did not love and listen to the Lord. The Lord tells Saul to utterly destroy Amalek and all that they have but Saul takes the best of everything the people had (1 Samuel 15:3; 15:9). Because of this the Lord decides take the throne from Saul and he ultimately gives it to David. Saul does not give it up, however, and it ultimately leads to his death. We can learn from Saul’s reign by listening to what the Lord tells us to do and by following his commandments. The next king that I am going to talk about is King Josiah. King Josiah was a king of the nation of Judah and was a good king. The book of the law was found during his reign. He read the book of the law and saw that Israel was not following the Lord and worked his entire reign to bring the nation of Israel back to the Lord. Josiah’s reign over Judah can teach the modern Christian that we should keep God’s commandments and not give in to the lies of this world. From the kingdom era I learned several different things about the character of God. Firstly, I learned that God is a God of wrath and will ultimately judge people who do not follow him and falsely bare witness against Him. Another thing that I learned from the kingdom era is that because God’s covenant is with His people He will never completely turn His back on them. He may bring His wrath upon some of the people but He always leaves a path of repentance and reconciliation to those who love and follow Him. The final thing I learned from the kingdom era is that God is just and will remove us from roles of leadership if we sin against Him. When we repent the Lord will forgive us of our sin but that does not make us fit to lead others. That is for the Lord and the body of Christ to decide. If Saul would have given up his throne to David like the Lord told him then the Lord could have utilized him elsewhere. He did not, however, and ultimately it led to much torment and his death. Therefore, justice was served for his disobedience. These are things are just a few of the things I learned from the kingdom era.

Thanks for reading!

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