Do we all need kings? What is a king? Can we do without one? Go on have a look at what I discovered..
Definition: A king is a head of state, who may or may not, depending on the style of government of a nation, exercise monarchial powers over a nation, usually called a kingdom or a realm.
So another word for king would be ruler i.e., someone who rules, directs, commands or has an authority over you.
So, why do we need a king?
When God made Adam, He gave him dominion, i.e, He was a ruler over the creatures of the earth. So that makes Adam a king. But even in this situation, Adam was king only till he obeyed God and had communion with Him. So essentially, God has been and always will be the King of all kings. God is the authority over all, but is not authoritarian, in this that He gave us free will. Will to follow Him completely or live in complete ignorance of Him as King, or ignore His authority over us. Thus, Adam chose to disobey God and heeded the serpent and wanted to make himself king. So, it is possible to be your own king, but the outcome will always be disastrous.
Since ages, man has always needed to have someone rule over him or his society. There has always been a need even of one person in a family (the unit of society) to pull the reigns or wear the pants. There has always been a need for a set of guidelines to abide in family, place of residence, society, city, country and even the world. God has already chartered these guidelines in His Word aka the Bible. But man can and has been constantly rejecting Him as King. Even I have at most part of my life, knowingly and unknowingly (Yet He forgave me. May I never displease my King again).
Even Israel or the Jews felt the need for a king. They did not recognise the Lord as their true King. Yet God in His mercy heeded their will and gave them a human king. The Bible talks about this here:
1 Samuel 8:4 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. 5 They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.” 6 But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD. 7 And the LORD told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their King…”
There is an absolute need for us to be guided and directed. Herein lies an important thing for people to keep in mind, who or what is directing your paths?
Is it possible to be without king?
The answer is yes, absolutely, and here is where you set yourself as king. This could be fostered by beliefs such as – I could heal myself or my body can heal itself, I can correct the situation in my own strength, I can be my own saviour, I can win this victory on my own, I make my own rules, and more, including God’s too busy and this is too small for Him to bother about. The reality is God is even concerned with the number of hair on your head or every step you take. The common expression is His eye is on the sparrow and it comes from:
Matthew 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
I know I have gone off the topic, but I wanted to establish the fact that there’s only one perfect king who can keep a tab on every individual in the planet, so much so, He knows even the number of hair strands on their head. Even we ourselves have no idea (except someone who has just gone bald). So even with such a perfect King, Israel denied the Lord.
So what happens when you are without a king? This has been out beautifully by the following Biblical verses:
“There was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” – Judges 17:6 and 21:25
The exact line repeated in two chapters. Is God trying to get your attention on something? Yes, He is. If you have no king over you, you do that which is right in your own eyes, or you do what thou wilt or do what you feel like irrespective of God’s displeasure in what you do. ‘Do what thou wilt’ is interestingly a foundation stone for the Satanic beliefs or what hardcore satanists believe (Just thought I would point it out). It is also being passed on as a message through new age philosophies, music, movies and popular culture. So beware my friends of what you let into your subconscious. The same philosophy is given as do what your heart (i.e., the mind or that which thinks, reasons and is the seat of man’s emotions) feels like, listen to your heart, etc. But must I point out:
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Matthew 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was met.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
I am posting loads of scripture, please forgive me, but I have to share all what God shares to me. I have highlighted the parts to pay attention to, hope that helps.
What happens when you reject the King of all kings?
Let’s read about what happened to Israel when they rejected God as their King.
1 Samuel 8: 10 Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day.”
19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”
Personally, I am human just like you and I fear the Lord God Almighty. So, I won’t pass any judgments on you, but urge you to judge yourself, as rejecting God, never has a happy ending. It brings you under a curse. Never ascribe glory to someone or something as being above God in your life, i.e. choosing something else as king over your life. Even those who follow nihilism (rejecting the laws of society) are creating a king for themselves. They set themselves as kings of their own lives. Ever heard the term – I am king of my own castle?
Choose wisely, choose your king. I chose the Lord who created me.
PS: Something I came across while surfing (http://www.icr.org/article/no-king-israel/)
Lest we be too critical of the ancient Israelites for rejecting God as their king and going each his own way, that is essentially what people are doing today. “There is no fear of God before their eyes,” and they are “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” (Romans 3:18; 2 Timothy 3:4). When every man believes what is comfortable and does as he pleases, he in effect becomes his own god, and this is nothing but humanism. But just as this ancient humanism was empty, and the people soon desired a human king, so modern atheistic humanism will also revert to pantheism, and the world will then yield to a humanistic king to lead them on to a final deadly confrontation with the true King of kings.