Tuesday, September 13, 2016

More than Royalty

UV 2069/10000 More than Royalty
And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.
Isaiah 49 v 23

All kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers, the legislators, civil servants, the army and the police are ultimately accountable to the Lord. They derive their position and their authority and power from Him and though they may seem immune for a time, the Lord is sovereign and He has raised them up for a specific purpose and time. If they acknowledge the Lord of the earth and heaven, they are blessed or lifted up as was Cyrus, Darius as kings, Esther as a queen, Abraham Lincoln as the US President. If they do not and act according to their whims, they shall lick the dust of humiliation, defeat, death, failure and shame. They shall know that the One who said, “ I Am Who I Am” or Jehovah is the ultimate sovereign in earth as in heaven. Leaders should always recognize that they are servants of the Lord, that they would face judgement for any unfair act or failure to act to render justice. Their longevity, health, wisdom and power are in the hands of the Lord. They should act as nurses and servants for the children of God or those who trust Him and live in personal relationship with Jesus.

Rulers and leaders ought to rule through the power of love and not for the love of power. Fear of God will give them wisdom not to abuse power, not to be arrogant, but to be always humble, diligent and progressive. This uni-verse confirms the favour shown by kings like Artaxerxes, Cyrus and Darius to the people of Israel, in giving them freedom to worship Jehovah, in re-building the ruined temple and Jerusalem. When kings like Nebuchadnezzar became proud and arrogant, they were brought down but when they repented, the Lord restored them. Those who did not repent were weighed and found wanting, their days were numbered or in other words, their rule was cut short abruptly. Kinship by faith with Jesus, who is Lord of Lords, Adonai,, King of Kings before whom kings and queens bow and quiver is more important than any kingship or royal position, title, rank or honour. The Lord will raise up even temporal powers to save and serve us. He will send angels and chiefs of angels or king-angels to minister to us and cater to a variety of needs we have.

The people who wait for the Lord’s judgement and execution of justice are given the promise that they will never be put to shame. The Lord Himself will vindicate them and if necessary overthrow wicked and unjust rulers and authorities. Like Mordecai who was put through trying times by his arch foe Haman, but eventually honoured and given a rich reward, the ones who are consistently faithful, never giving up on their hope in the redemptive power of Jesus, will be blessed, lifted up, protected and turned into a channel of blessing to successive generations either directly through their actions and words or indirectly through the power of their legacy and testimony. To be re-born as a child of God through Christ is more meaningful and a greater blessing than being born to kings and queens. The latter wear a crown of thorns. But Jesus by symbolically having His head pierced with a crown of thorns has exchanged our many pains and afflictions for His gains and blessings.

Prateep V Philip

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