“Then the kingdom and the dominion,
And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven,
Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High.
His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And all dominions shall serve and obey Him.” Daniel 7.27
The folly of kings
It may have been that David and Solomon set the bar of expectations so high in ancient Israel that the very greatness of their success bred the disasters of Israel and Judah in the generations that followed.
Give the king Your judgments, O God,
And Your righteousness to the king’s Son…
He shall have dominion also from sea to sea…
And blessed be His glorious name forever!
And let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Psalm 72.1, 8, 19
This Kingdom flourishes through the interaction of heaven and earth
The psalms of David testify to the nature, importance, and power available through the communion God enjoys with and among His people.
The LORD said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” Psalm 110.1
The Kingdom is a gift from God
David understood the coming Kingdom of God as an incredible, wondrous, mysterious, and glorious gift from God.
“When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his Father, and he shall be My son...And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever...” 2 Samuel 7.12-14, 16
From the beginning
It’s clear that ideas about dominion, kings, and a kingdom – even of a coming mysterious “Him-Whose-It-Is” King – were in the minds of God’s covenant people from the very beginning.
“Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise;
Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies;
Your father’s children shall bow down before you.
Judah is a lion’s whelp;
From the prey, my son, you have gone up.
He bows down, he lies down as a lion;
And as a lion, who shall rouse him?
The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
Nor a lawgiver from between his feet,
Until Shiloh comes;
And to Him shall be the obedience of the people. Genesis 49.8-10
Bridge to the kingdom
Moses represents in many ways a bridge to a fuller, broader understanding of God and His Kingdom. We recall that Moses is the author of the Law of God, the first five books of the Bible. His purpose in compiling and writing these books was to establish Israel as a people directly descended from God through Adam, Abraham, and the patriarchs. They were a people of God’s covenant, mandated to rule the earth and exercise dominion under their Most High King.