The promised King

We believe in Jesus Christ… who ascended into heaven,
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

Psalm 72

May he rule from sea to sea
and from the River to the ends of the earth. (verse 8)

Whether this psalm was written for Solomon’s coronation (by his father David), or by Solomon (for the coronation of his son Rehoboam), it goes beyond the human dimension in its extravagant praise for Israel’s king. Solomon was a great and glorious monarch, ruler of a small empire (stretching from the border of Egypt to the Euphrates) – but he also had many failings. Within a few years of his death most of his power had disappeared as his kingdom disintegrated, while his wealth was carried off by the Egyptian army (II Chronicles 10-12).

But the dream did not die…

Never again was Israel even a minor political power; Middle Eastern history was dominated instead by a succession of vast empires. When the promised King finally came, it was as the ruler of a very different kind of kingdom – one “not of this world” (John 18:36). And so it has no spatial or temporal boundaries. “There before me was a great multitude that no-one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:9) Are you among them?

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