King - There Can Be Only One
Then all the people said to Samuel, “Pray for your servants to the Father your Yah, so that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil by asking for ourselves a king.” Samuel said to the people, “Do not fear. You have committed all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the Father, but serve the Father with all your heart.
-1 Samuel 19-20
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Messiah said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Father your Yah and him only shall you serve.’” Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.
Kings are a Rejection of the Father
The Father clearly states that Israel is rejecting Him as king by asking for a king of men in (I Samuel 8:7: And the Father said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.). Specifically they request a king “such as all the other nations have” which is in contrast to what a Deuteronomy 17 king would look like. Additionally, Israel cannot CHOOSE their king, but they can set him (WHOM THE FATHER CHOOSES) over themselves (Deuteronomy 17:15 Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the Father thy Yah shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.) Israel has seldom been a good example for what the Father desires, or something for us to follow as example. (I Samuel 8:8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.) They clearly desired a king who would be a strong military leader (I Samuel 8:20 That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.) This is the worldly heathen kings of men that existed from Shinar unto England. This is an authority in conflict with the Father not a servant of the Father, nor His people Israel. It is this kind of a king that Samuel warns against in verses I Samuel 17( He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his servants. 18 Then you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Father will not answer you in that day.).
Israel Demands a King
Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations.” 6 But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. 7 The Father said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them. 8 Like all the deeds which they have done since the day that I brought them up from Egypt even to this day—in that they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also. 9 Now then, listen to their voice; however, you shall solemnly warn them and tell them of the procedure of the king who will reign over them.”
Warning concerning a King
10 So Samuel spoke all the words of the Lord to the people who had asked of him a king. 11 He said, “This will be the procedure of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and place them for himself in his chariots and among his horsemen and they will run before his chariots. 12 He will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and of fifties, and some to do his plowing and to reap his harvest and to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will also take your daughters for perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and your vineyards and your olive groves and give them to his servants. 15 He will take a tenth of your seed and of your vineyards and give to his officers and to his servants. 16 He will also take your male servants and your female servants and your best young men and your donkeys and use them for his work. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his servants. 18 Then you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the YHWH will not answer you in that day.”
19 Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, “No, but there shall be a king over us, 20 that we also may be like all the nations, that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.” 21 Now after Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the Father's hearing. 22 The Father said to Samuel, “Listen to their voice and appoint them a king.” So Samuel said to the men of Israel, “Go every man to his city.”
David WAS anointed (1 Samuel 16:12), but didn’t live up to the standard of king (2 Samuel 11). This does not mean that the Father wanted a king, but rather for the hardness of our hearts, he permitted it. This is the same as He had done with divorce. Divorce, and king David were but for the hardness of our hearts. This does not make the institution of divorce or kings a part of His will, but something He has used to shape us despite ourselves.
Some Pharisees came to Messiah, testing Him and asking, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?"And He answered and said, "Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, and said, 'FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH '?"So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate."They said to Him, "Why then did Moses command to GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND her AWAY?"He said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way. Mathew 19:1-8
Messiah also has something to say about kings:
24And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.
25And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.
26But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
27For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.
While there is no clear anointing of Jehosaphat as king of Israel by the Father (as required by Deuteronomy 17), he was no doubt a righteous man, a servant of the Father, and His people Israel.
The first thing Jehoshaphat did was “set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah.” Just as important, he instructed them to take great care that they not judge according to man, but that they do so “for the Father,” who was to guide them in judgment. He continued his instruction by reminding them that there should be no “respect of persons” or “taking of gifts”—bribes—as they rendered judgment. This would be considered “iniquity with the Father our Yah.” We are also to judge matters not looking for the “respect of persons,” or for “gifts” of a worldly or fleshly kind which might cause our judgment to stray from Father's standard of righteousness.
Jehoshaphat appointed the Levites and priests to a special judgment task, that of rendering justice involving controversies and conflicts among men, as well as specific violations of the Law. This was a particularly sobering assignment, since it would involve the administering of punishment. Even life and death matters would have to be decided on occasion. Under such circumstances, to render righteous and fair judgment would be vitally important. The king specially counseled these judges to act “in the fear of the Father, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.” (II Chron. 19:9) He also encouraged them, saying, “Deal courageously, and the Father shall be with the good.” (Source - Dawn Bible Students Association)
While many kings of men/Israel have “done right in the eyes of the Father”, very few (in fact only Jehosaphat) were willing to re-establish His design for Biblical rule (re-instating Judges/Priests) as part of his campaign to restore the Law. As I read about Jehosaphat in scripture, I see no autonomy in his authority. So in reality he did not act as king in the context of a Sovereign, but rather as a servant and High Priest. Truly he let the Father be King. Jehosaphat’s title is just that… a title that people apply to convey his responsibility, but he had no authority outside of the Father’s will. It’s beautiful, honestly. Sadly this was the exception:
| The Kings of Israel (all wicked) |
Jeroboam I (933-911) twenty-two years
Nadab (911-910) two years
Baasha (910-887) twenty-four years
| The Kings of Judah (only 8 were good) |
Rehoboam (933-916) seventeen years
Abijam (915-913) three years
Asa (Good) (912-872) forty-one years
The kings of men experiment (on the part of men) fails, and continues to fail for hundreds of years, placing both kingdoms into civil war and ultimately placing them as captives & slaves… again.
The Judean Monarchy Challenged
41Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Messiah asked them a question:42 “What do you think about the Messsiah, whose son is He?” They *said to Him, “The son of David.” 43 He *said to them, “Then how does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Master,’ saying,
44 ‘The Master said to my Master,
“Sit at My right hand,
Until I put Your enemies beneath Your feet”’?
45 If David then calls Him ‘Master,’ how is He his son?” 46 No one was able to answer Him a word, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask Him another question.
The Father is Sovereign
I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Messiah, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate,that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Messiah, which He (Father) will bring about at the proper time— He (Father) who is the blessed and ONLY Sovereign, the King of kings and Master of masters, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him (Father) be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.
1 Timothy 6 13-15
A Better Ministry
Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of THE THRONE of the Majesty in the heavens, 2 a minister in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, NOT MAN. 3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices; so it is necessary that this high priest also have something to offer. 4 Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since there are those who offer the gifts according to the Law; 5 who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moses was warned by the Father when he was about to erect the tabernacle; for, “See,” He says, “that you make all things according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain.” 6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.
So how could Messiah be High Priest if not from the line of Aaron. In Hebrews, Messiah is identified as “a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek”, and so Messiah assumes the role of High Priest ONCE AND FOR ALL. Messiah is our High Priest. He could not call himself High Priest because that would be a man appointing himself on behalf of men.
The Perfect High Priest
5 For every high priest taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in things pertaining to the Father, in order to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins; 2 he can deal gently with the ignorant and misguided, since he himself also is beset with weakness; 3 and because of it he is obligated to offer sacrifices for sins, as for the people, so also for himself. 4 And no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by the Father, even as Aaron was.
5 So also Messiah did not glorify Himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to Him,
“You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You”;
6 just as He says also in another passage,
“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek.”
7 In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety. 8 Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.9 And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, 10 being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.
May the Father in Heaven reign as king FOREVER, and Messiah be His High Priest FOREVER. No flawed self-appointed man can ever fill these roles again. Messiah gives us a more perfect example of the King the Father wanted (a servant/High Priest) Deuteronomy 17.
Kings become idols in the wicked hearts of men. My Priest, is and ever shall be Messiah, my King is the Father in Heaven, and my household would never bow down to anyone short of Him, even unto a fiery furnace. Emeth!