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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

We Are Kings and Queens



“We are king and queens” is a popular discourse amongst black conscious groups.  Although, I do not fully subscribe to the theories projected by such group, I do acknowledge all have regal attributes for we are all children of a King. The king of kings who sits upon the throne in heaven that is beautified by a rainbow and the light of his glory. This King is the Lord God almighty.

As children of a king we are to take up the characteristics of our father. Where can we learn of God’s attributes? In his word, the Holy Bible.  An attribute a king or queen has, is to judge the nation they have sovereign over. The Bible mentions those who are faithful until the end will judge the earth.

 

Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 1 Corinthians 6:2-4 KJV

 

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Revelation 20:4 King James Version


Those who will be qualified to judge the world; will have suffered for Christ, lived for him and followed his requirements. Their lives reflect the King of Kings Jesus. 

In this post, we will be looking at some of the requirements God has given on the conduct of an earthly king and how we can apply this to ourselves. The focus text is Deuteronomy 17: 15-20 KJV 

15 Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the Lord thy God 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.
Although, this verse is about the type of ruler the children of Israel were to have rule them. It reminds me of the topic of courtship and marriage.
It is not uncommon to hear women to refer their husbands as their ‘king’ and husbands to refer to their wives as ‘queens’. Look at what it says in red: 
Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the Lord thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren
Essentially, the ‘king’ was to be chosen by God and was to be of the same faith.
Let God chose your king or queen for you and ensure you have the same beliefs
To connect with an unbeliever is to place yourself on Satan's ground. You grieve the Spirit of God and forfeit His protection. Can you afford to have such terrible odds against you in fighting the battle for everlasting life? Ask yourself: "Will not an unbelieving husband lead my thoughts away from Jesus? He is a lover of pleasure more than a lover of God; will he not lead me to enjoy the things that he enjoys?" The path to eternal life is steep and rugged. Take no additional weights to retard your progress.” – White, p.67


Your king or queen should not obstruct your path to heaven, neither shall they lead you to a path that spiritually can be compared to the Israelite's time in Egypt.  
16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the Lord hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.
Let us focus on the phrase “cause the people to return to Egypt” that is featured in the verse. The book of Exodus documents the life of the people of Israel in Egypt. Israel was held captive and suffered greatly under Egyptian rule. Egypt was a place steeped with idolatry and as a result, many of the Israelites had adopted their worship customs which were against the commandments of God.

Does the person you are considering to be you king or queen lead you to ‘Egypt’? Is their religious life merely just a profession?  Are you irreligious since you got with them? Is your union giving place to the devil or to Christ?

As a professed child of God, are you steeped in idolatry? Are there things in your life that has taken the place of God? Who are the other "kings" in your life? 

17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.”

The world through a range of media outlets, puts an emphasis on having multiple partners and wealth. There is nothing wrong with aspiring to become wealthy as long as it is not at the expense of others or is taking the place of God in your life. Money in the hands of the right person is a great tool. 

"Money has great value, because it can do great good. In the hands of God's children it is food for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, and clothing for the naked. It is a defense for the oppressed, and a means of help to the sick. But money is of no more value than sand, only as it is put to use in providing for the necessities of life, in blessing others, and advancing the cause of Christ."- White, 1900. P.351 

As for having multiple partners, this is a topic that does not need a long winded explanation. Last year, I lived in Senegal polygamy is the norm there and it was not uncommon to hear of horror stories as a result of polygamy. The practise does not bring family together but causes fractures. If you have time read the story of Jacob and his sons Genesis 25-50, the story of Hannah 1 Samuel 1-2 and you will see how dreadful this practise can be. 

19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:

20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.
Verses 19 and 20 make reference to keeping the law of the Lord, to maintain his requirements to not part from God's word. The rewards of doing so parallels with the 5th commandment12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

In honouring God, we will receive the promises he has said is his word. The Lord instructs that if a king is to follow the word of God, he will prolong his time and those in his kingdom. There is blessing in obedience. 


As those who profess to be kings or queen are we obedient to God? Will our character fit us to inherit the heavenly kingdom that is promised to those who are faithful? Are we deserving of a crown?  


In summary, as children of a King we are to lead one and other to Christ and not lead people astray. Our customs and traditions should be pleasing to God and we are to follow and obey his word. 

References 
White, 1952 'Adventist Home' p.67
White, 1900 'Christ Objective Lessons' p351
King James Bible 


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A Lesson from Eli 
Blessed are they which hunger


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