JUST WHAT IS GOD’S KINGDOM?

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JUST WHAT IS GOD’S KINGDOM?

JUST WHAT IS GOD’S KINGDOM?
Jonathan Mitchell

The word “kingdom” usually brings to mind the idea of a territory (a domain) that is under the rule of a “king.”  We tend to call up images of royal courts with some sort of hierarchy below the king, and of course an army that is outfitted with some form of weaponry that will maintain the sovereignty of the king and order within his realm.

 The concept of a kingdom was well known to Israel, and eventually Israel itself wanted to be a kingdom and have a king like the nations that surrounded them.  Up to that time they had been governed by judges who would deliver them from the attacks from these other nations.  The prophet Samuel was the last of those judges, and we read an enlightening statement from Yahweh upon the occasion of elders’ request for Samuel to make a king for them.  In 1 Sam. 8:7 He tells Samuel,

“Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.”

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