Day 17

A King Represents His People Before God

2 Kings 23:1-3, Psalm 2:1-12, Psalm 89:1-4, Daniel 2:21, Romans 8:34

BY Raechel Myers

Text: 2 Kings 23:1-3, Psalm 2:1-12, Psalm 89:1-4, Daniel 2:21, Romans 8:34

A king represents his people before God. When Israel’s kings followed the Lord, the nation experienced God’s blessing. But when her kings rejected the Lord, the people often suffered for it because the king represented the nation. Often, as it went for the king, so it went for the people.

I’ve never liked politics. I try to toe the line somewhere between being a responsible and engaged citizen and maintaining my sanity through a healthy dose of blissful ignorance. It isn’t that I don’t care; it’s the opposite. I do care, and the implications of political decisions overwhelm me. How can frail, human shoulders bear so much weight?

Israel’s kings knew this weightiness well, in a way our modern-day leaders often seem to forget. They knew from experience the far-reaching implications of how they chose to represent their people before God. When they followed the Lord, the nation experienced God’s blessing. But when a king rejected the Lord, the people often suffered for it because the king represented the nation. Often, as it went for the king, so it went for the people.

Take Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, for example. He feared the Lord, and during the third year of his reign, he sent 16 teachers throughout the land to reeducate the people about God’s law.

“The Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the earlier ways of his father David. He did not seek the Baals, but sought the God of his father and walked in his commandments… Therefore the Lord established the kingdom in his hand… And the fear of the Lord fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were around Judah, and they made no war against Jehoshaphat.”
– 2 Chronicles 17:3-5, 10

Zedekiah, on the other hand, did not fear the Lord. Some 300 years (and a full gamut of good and bad kings) later, King Zedekiah “did what was evil in the sight of the Lord” and God “cast them out from his presence.” Finally, “in the ninth year of his reign… Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came with all his army against Jerusalem, and laid siege to it” (Jeremiah 52:2-4). It was at the close of yet another unrighteous king’s reign that the temple was burned (52:13), the walls of Jerusalem were broken down (52:14), and nearly 5,000 of God’s chosen people were exiled to Babylon (52:30).

As it went for the king, so it went for the people—for better and for worse.

When a king interceded on behalf of his people, the nation was often protected from outside attacks. When he educated them in the law of the Lord and walked in the ways of God, the nation would experience blessing.

The kingdoms of Israel and Judah remained at the mercy of their good and bad kings throughout the Old Testament, but a King of kings would come—One who walked perfectly with God, though we and our kings do not. Even the good kings had flaws, and Israel would always be in need of righteous representation before God. But one King was coming—indeed, He is already here!—who would be our righteous representative.

It may not always appear as though our King represents us the way we wish He would, or that He protects us from wars and exile and destruction the way we think He should, but “our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens” (Ephesians 6:12).

Jesus Christ, our perfect and just King, rules above all kings of earth—past, present, and future. We place our hope in Him today—not in “men who cannot save” (Psalm 146:3), but in our righteous, forever King.

Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33). Thanks be to God!


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101 thoughts on "A King Represents His People Before God"

  1. Cheri says:

    I really needed the reminder of Ephesians 6:12 today. I so often forget that our war is not here. The day-to-day struggles are so much more than what they appear to be. When I look at those struggles in that way, it makes it so much easier to let Him fight for me. My dad and my brother both have Dementia, and this has been one of the most difficult Christmas seasons for my family, especially my sweet Mama. She keeps asking why, and though she knows our war is not here, it’s a difficult concept to grasp when you’re right in the middle of circumstances you just cant wrap your brain around. I don’t even know how many people are still finishing up this study that I’m so far behind on, but if you are, please whisper a little prayer for my family, especially my Mama. Thanks so much!

    1. NIKA,CA says:

      HI Cheri, I’m behind too! And I’m praying for you and your family.!!

  2. Lori G. says:

    This is a remarkable invitation for me. I have never really reflected on Jesus being my perfect king, nor the aspects in this and the surrounding days’ messages. The mirror of Jesus and Old Testament kings is profoundly compared and contrasted in this message. I am touched and invited to explore this more in the next couple of days as today is Christmas Eve.

  3. Diane Smith says:

    I love this community of faithful sisters who work at their salvation,grapple with truth so Jesus is glorified. He will make a way through our current social ills. In Canada,we have our own dragons to slay, “our struggle though is not with flesh and blood” therefore,Im reminded again of this verse in Romans that gives me clarity and freedom
    34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

  4. Bonnie says:

    Yesterday morning I read this Bible study out loud to my dear, sweet mother-in-law. Shorty after, she moved to her permanent residence in heaven and she got to see her King Jesus. What a sweet time I had with her. Thank you SRT for creating something that is easy to read, powerful and portable.

    1. Candy says:

      So sorry for your loss Bonnie. It’s hard to lose either of your moms. I am glad that you are celebrating her in her new home!

  5. JoAnn says:

    Luke 12:48 From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. Today’s reading made me realize the importance of praying for our leaders and be grateful that we serve the King above all kings!

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