The Rise of A Kingdom
This history of God’s people has always been one of difficulty, yet God remained faithful to them even when the people were faithless. Israel cried out for a king, so they could be like the nations all around them. God warned them that a king would be problematic, but the people persisted – and so God provided a king.
In this next session of His Story, we find Israel living in the Promised Land, with various kings ruling over them. Saul was a man’s man: tall, handsome, kingly and impressive. He was just the kind of person that Israel wanted as a king. The problem was that Saul was not God’s man – and he finds himself cut out of the picture.
Next we have David, an unlikely choice in the eyes of the people. But God saw what the people did not. So David ends up being the king who confronts Giants, lions, and kings – with power and bold faith. He was a man after God’s own heart.
But David was not without his own problems. He commits adultery with Bathsheba, another man’s wife, and in an effort to cover up his own sin, David has Bathsheba’s husband Uriah killed. While David is remembered as Israel’s greatest king – his story is one full of difficult and hardship. Life was far from perfect for David’s family.
Eventually David’s son Solomon will follow in his father’s footsteps and become king. And David does all he can to prepare the way for Solomon’s task – building a the temple in Jerusalem, a permanent dwelling place for the presence of God.
The story of God’s people living under a king is a story full of sin and the tragic consequences for sin. But woven through His Story is God’s ultimate story of forgiveness and redemption. No one is righteous on their own. But God’s promise to David points ahead to a perfect King, a sinless king, the King of Kings and Lord of Lord – Jesus the Christ. His Story points us to look a head to a kingdom where there is no end of righteousness or peace, and one in which all things are redeemed.