Long live the king

2 Kings 11:12 „He brought out the king’s son, put the crown on him, and gave him the Testimony; they made him king and anointed him, and they clapped their hands and said, ‘Long live the king!'”

On this day, the true ruler of Israel was finally revealed and the usurper was destroyed!

For six long and terrible years the wicked queen Athaliah had ruled Israel after massacring the royal family and setting up her own false kingdom.

But, God had promised that the true ruler of Israel would always come from David’s line (2 Kings 8:19) and God’s promises never fail.

A single courageous woman had rescued little Joash from destruction and had taken him to safety. (2 Kg 11:2)

The king may have been unseen by the people, but he was alive in the Temple awaiting the day when he would be revealed.

For six long years, Israel had questioned God’s promises as they suffered.
For six long years, the usurper had been confident that God’s plan had been thwarted and that the dynasty of David had been utterly destroyed.
But it all changed on this day!

How closely this resembles the world today.
Not for six years, but for 2,000, God’s people have been struggling under the tyranny of another evil ruler. (John 14:30)

But, like young Joash
Our King is alive (Mt 21:5)…
God has promised that He will soon reign in righteousness (Rm 5:17)…
He is only waiting in the Temple to be revealed (Rev 11:19)…

What a difference one day can make!

If we were there on that day…
We would hear thousands of armed guards shouting a joyous message. (Jude 1:14)
We would watch the royal crown placed upon the king’s head. (Rev 19:12)
We would see the „Testimony of God” is in his hands. (Rev 5:9)
The king would be standing before us. (1 Jn 2:28)

I cannot help but see our future! (Rev 19:11-16)
No matter how dark the hour seems…
No matter how hopeless we may feel…
No matter how troublesome the times…

God’s promises will not fail and the true and promised King will soon appear and rescue us!

Titus 2:13 „Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Read the story found in 2 Kings 11 and meditate on how it foreshadows our own hope


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