“For the extortioner has come to an end, destruction has ceased, oppressors have completely disappeared from the land. A throne will be established in lovingkindness, and a judge will sit on it in faithfulness in the tent of David; moreover, he will seek justice and be prompt in righteousness.” (16:4-5)
Unfortunately, no one needs to use their imagination to picture a people bent on extortion, destruction and oppression. Our moment in world history is not a new moment. Will the wicked keep getting what they want and terrorizing their neighbors forever?
The ONLY hope in this world is the Kingdom of God. The established throne from the line of David: Jesus. One day He will physically be on the throne of the earth, but in the meantime He is enthroned on the hearts of His people.
Sometimes we can talk themselves into theological circles about how our salvation isn’t based on our own righteousness, and it’s only by grace and a gift and it is, but then it sometimes morphs into excuses to live disobediently. Kind of like Israel thinking they can do whatever because of their chosen bloodline.
Individual salvation is awesome, but it was never intended to stop there. We are citizens of the already-not-yet/upon us-to-come Kingdom of Christ. What does that kingdom do? What is it marked by?
True worship of the God alone
We have been graciously saved and awarded citizenship into a Kingdom to outlast all kingdoms. This is for the world, our country, our neighborhoods.
If Jesus is on the throne of your heart, how can today be different?