By Aubrey AJ Moeketsi
Although the Christian worldview recognizes the democratic construct of the modern world, we are not living under a democracy but a monarchy in the kingdom. The concept of kingship is very much important for us as Christians if we are to fully understand the kingdom we live under. The monarchy system emerged out of God into space and time, this is precisely why our God is not only known as a Father but King as well, in fact since both God and Jesus are one (source: John14 :10 ), they are therefore both are known as king ( singular not plural). At no point in the history of the Christian worldview was Jesus known as a president or prime-minister. No democratic processes where followed in crowning Jesus or God king. God instituted the monarchy, although originally Israel was not supposed to be like all other nations around them, God was supposed to be their only king. The people looked around and demanded that Samuel ordain a king for them, this was also aggravated by the conduct of Samuel’s sons who walked not in their fathers ways. This grieved him but after consulting with God, he eventually he conceded and gave them the monarchy.
This article seeks to draw attention the importance of understanding the concept of kingdom, kingship, kingdom processes and protocols to power. we will look more into the subjection of elevation in the kingdom, we will examine the three (3) tables of elevation following the lives of three kings God raised at the dawn of the era kings in Israel. Enjoy!
Key Words: King, Presence, Table, preparation, elevation, Invitation
The Presence of a king
The first ever mention of the term kingdom is found in the book of beginnings, Genesis 10:10. The passage makes reference to the Babylonian system of rule which was built by a descendant of Cush, a black man named Nimrod. I find it intriguing that the concept of kingship was first grasped by people of color, amazing!
Nimrod is credited for building a colossal Babylonian empire and system of rule under one man; namely himself. Albeit diabolical in nature, the system of Babylon paved the way for the construction of global kingdoms and systems of rule. Forget the wickedness of Babylon, look at what the mind can create, his brilliant mind created a system that was eventually adopted even in Israel by God’s people. A lot came from Africa, by that particular subject deserves its own treatment, it will be dealt with in ‘later’.
Every kingdom has a central figure known as a king who rules over his domain (kingdom). Kings are ‘centers’ of power; meaning from the mouth of a king comes law. Whenever you conversate with a king; you are in fact speaking with a system that can alter or create decrees and laws. This fact alone makes the presence of a king significant. The presence of a king is qualitatively different from the presence of prime ministers and presidents, it is superior to that of his stewards his kingdom. Whenever you wish to see the king, you will first have to entertain the presence of his subjects. These will first determine if your matter is worthy to be brought before the king; why, because the kings’ time is valuable; again, Kings recognize kings; therefore you better not come into his presence with trivial stuff, lest you lose your head (Esther 4: 5).
Coming into the presence of a King
When accessing his presence, God demands that we be still before his throne and recognize that he is God whose portion is exaltation (source, Ps 45:10). He is called the king of Glory, strong and mighty in battle (Ps 24:8-10). Our God is not just a father and creator, but he is king as well, not only are we his children but we are also royal citizens in his kingdom, therefore, accessing his presence two things ought to be observed:
1) Protocol is observed when entering the presence of a king,
2) One comes by Invitation to appear before the king.
1kings 1:16 “Bathsheba bowed down, prostrating herself before the king (David)..”
One has to be able to distinguish between David the man (husband) and David the king, God’s anointed. We read in the book of 2Sam : that God takes it personally when we disrespect his anointed king irrespective of our personal relationship with the king. In the monarchy, it really doesn’t matter if one is a wife to the king or a son, or even a prophet or friend of the king. Whenever one gets into the presence of a king, one has to observe protocol before him, this means bowing down, and falling prostrate before him paying homage to the anointed king.
As Christians we need to be able to distinguish between Jesus our Savior and friend (John 15:14) with Jesus the soon coming king (Rev 19:16). We don’t just come into his presence like spoiled brats always crying for candy, but at all times we need to be cognizant of the fact that albeit our friends and savior, Jesus is in fact out king and our Lord, as such, he deserves the honor and respect due to the king. Therefore, the next time when you enter his presence, hail him king, sing his praises, fall prostrate before him, elevate your father the king. The next time when you come before him, observe protocol, he is as a savior and a father who is also your king, therefore crown and recognize him as king. When you come before him, be still and know that he is a system of power and glory, he is law and he commands order in the universe. See him and honor him as king!
Come by invitation:
Esther 4:11 “whoever shall come unto the King, who is not called, there is a law of his to put him to death….”
You don’t rock up into the presence of a king uninvited. That’s a serious offence in any nation or kingdom. In fact, that’s called a bridge of security and there are some serious consequences for perpetrators. One is invited to appear before the king, you don’t just slide in. In the days of Esther, you would get killed if you did that, no one was spared, not even Esther the queen herself. Whenever one is invited to appear before the king, one is in fact invited to conversate with the power. Conversations in the presence of a king are of higher
level for they have a propensity to impact and affect the entire nation.
Now let me ask you a question;
If you were to be invited to appear before the king or the president of South Africa or the premier of your province, what will you say when you get into the presence of power?
If God were to overnight raise you up into a national portfolio that demands that you entertain kings and presidents on behalf of the people, what will you say to kings and custodians of power?
Do you have anything of significance to say to the king?
Do you understand the nature of issues kings entertain?
If you cannot answer these simple questions, then just know that you are not yet ready for God to use you on a national level; osharp mo oleng teng, chill !!!!!
The Tables of elevation
In his book, Psalm 23:5, David speaks of a table which the Lord prepares in his honor. The word table in this context has the connotation of honor, ease, banqueting, celebration, and elevation. It’s a table like no other; it’s a table in high places, its spread out, guests are invited to join in-in your celebration and honor. It’s not just a table, it’s called a table of honor and God is the one who prepares it.
Let me give you the three tables of elevation in scripture to give proper context in term of how God actually elevates royal subject in his kingdom.
1) The table of Saul
2) The table of David
3) The table of Solomon
1) The table of Saul
There’s a prevailing myth in Christian circles that Saul was not God’s choice, that he was the people’s choice. That narrative isn’t exactly correct. You see, the people demanded a king and it was God who did the choosing, not the people. There was no convening of elders to decide on the next king, God alone did the choosing. In 1Sam9:15, God tells Samuel in his ear that he has to anoint a man as king, in fact the scripture reads; I will send you a man and you shall anoint him captain over my people (1Sam9:15). That word captain is Hebrew has the connotation of chief, commander and ruler, therefore king, hence Saul was known as king.
When Saul’s father lost his donkeys, God found his king.
I want you to concentrate on Saul’s beginning, not his end. If you do, I wish to show you a very important principle relating to how God elevates people. Saul came from a well-off family, his father owned, amongst other things domesticated donkeys. When push came to shave, God moved donkeys out of order and they got lost. See, God was fishing for a king, so he caused the donkeys to lost direction. He wanted Saul away from his father’s house for a minute, so he moved the donkeys so as to grab Saul’s attention; ultimately, When Saul’s father lost his donkeys, God found his king. See, God will use anything to get what he wants; it can be a jawbone of a dead donkey, or a herd of alive and lost donkeys to find his king. From a vacuous space in Genesis 1:2, God created the entire globe, from 5(five) loafs and two fish, he fed thousands. He is God, therefore able. A herd of lost donkeys ushered in a new era in Israel, the dawn of a new system of kingship with Saul being the new first ever king of Israel. this was the elevation and table of Saul.
The table of Saul was prepared by none other than God and his prophet Samuel. If you read further down in 1sam9:17-22, you will discover that Saul, albeit from a rich family, his clan was the smallest in Israel. In the old era, numbers meant power, so his clan did not possess numerical power; this meant that even if all twelve tribes were to vote for a king, his clan would lose out, but God……!!!!
There’s a banquet in your honor ….
There was a banquet prepared in the honor of an unknown man (1Sam9:12). This is precisely how God works; he loves surprises. The people were invited to celebrate a man they did not know, nobody knew in whose honor was the banquets called, not even the prophet himself at least until Saul came into his presence in 1sam9:17. On the day the donkeys got lost, there was a conversation in the 3rd dimension between God and his council, and Saul’s name came up. When God told Samuel to host a celebration; there was no word on who is honored until God revealed the man first to Samuel and later to the guest at the table of honor. Saul did not know that on the day he was chasing lost donkeys that he was running into his destiny. God will prepare a banquet and invite everybody, and they won’t eat until YOU arrive, that’s elevation….
What will you say if I told you that God is busy preparing a banquet in your honor…?
Are you ready to take a detour….?
2) The table of David
It was David who popularized the concept of the table of elevation, it was him who wrote, thou prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: David is that shepherd boy whom God employed to reign over his people after Saul messed up. God gave David a very powerful name throughout the ages to this very day. Perhaps what catapulted him into a position of significance was his encounter with the colossal philistine, this became one of the greatest battles ever told and it even caught the attention of the secular world. It became proverbial and gave ‘voice’ and courage to ‘little men’ who encountered bigger challenges in life. I’m not going to dwell more on David’s table of elevation simply because David is that biblical character whose story is well known. I just have few remarks and few points to extrapolate from his account.
He was not invited to his elevation party
You just have to appreciate the irony of this whole scenario. There is a gathering to anoint and honor Israel’s next king, but the one who is the next king did not get the invitation to his own ‘party’. Nobody thought a little teenage boy could interest God enough to make him king, The command was Jesse, get all your sons for the meeting; and Jesse brought only those he deemed fit for kingship. He got only seven of his sons and neglected last born. It’s amazing because usually the last born is the one who is loved above all, but it would seem like with David that wasn’t the case. David’s own father never thought that his boy could be king hence he was not invited in the first place. When all other sons were in front of God ‘well dressed’, and smelling of expensive colognes waiting to receive the oil for kingship, God was waiting for David who was out in the field smelling like sheep to be called in. When the oil couldn’t flow on any of his brothers, David had to be called in for “they will not sit down till he comes “(1Sam 16:11). See, when God is getting ready to honor you, he will invite all those prognosticators who never thought you will amount to anything, he will wait for the right moment, and at the right time, he will prepare a table before you in the presence of all your enemies. So, the next time when they choose not to recognize what’s on you, don’t be bothered, just keep position, for in due season, they will know that you are God’s choice.
He was anointed and hidden
There are two important things to note about David’s anointing; Number one – when David was anointed king, Israel already had a king on the throne. This means that a shift was not immediate, it was a process. God gave David kingship while he was a little teenage boy who knew no other life than being a shepherd boy, the next step was to process him, hence his elevation to the throne it was not immediate.
Number two – nobody knew that David was anointed as the next king, except Prophet Samuel and members of his family. David’s family had to keep this a secret if they valued their lives. This implies that after God anointed David, he had to hide him. Meaning, for 30 years David walked around the streets of Jerusalem as king who was not yet recognized as such, people saw a little shepherd boy but God was busy processing his next king.
The principle here is this; God can anoint you and hide you from the masses. People could still see a shepherd boy not knowing that your destiny is bigger than the sheep you looking after. It’s not about the people’s perspective, but God’s view.
3) The table of Solomon
Speaking of his successor, God tells David his servant that after him will arise one of his sons who will ascend the throne, and he will be the one to build God a house, this was after David volunteered to build God a house. What’s interesting about this conversation between God and David was that, if you juxtapose both 2 Sam 7:12 with 1kings 1; you will realize that no name was mentioned as to who this son was. God never gave the name of David’s successor, he just mention gender, “one of your sons”(2 Sam 7:12). This becomes important because David had a number of sons to his name, he did not have only one son, he had concubines who gave him both sons and daughters. This issue of succession became a serious issue of contention amongst David’s sons as because each son thought to himself that perhaps God spoke of him t
o David his father, this is primarily the reason why both Absalom and Adonijah rose up and wanted to usurp the throne from David their father.
Adonijah steals the table
The first mistake that Adonijah did was to exalt himself before time, its recorded in scripture that when David was old and well stricken in years, that Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying “I will be king”(Source:1kings 1:5). He apparently wasn’t familiar with a passage that said exalt not thyself, lest you be abased (source:1Peter 5:6). The second mistake that he did was that he prepared his own table of elevation. David lets us know that its God who prepares the table, not us. After he declared himself king, it’s recorded that he prepared chariots and horsemen and fifty men to run before him (1kings1:5). See, nobody knows how to elevate and debase men like God. If we allow him to prepare our moments of elevation, he will do it with excellence and precision. In Israel, no one volunteers to be king, you had to be prepared for kingship. Before God can elevate he prepares first. That’s why David was anointed and hidden, because God had to process him first before he can ascend the throne. The third and last mistake he did was that he never invited the rightful heir to the throne, the next king Solomon (1kings 1:10), he therefore stole the throne from Solomon.
Be careful what you reject
While Adonijah thought to himself that the throne belonged to him, God was busy processing Solomon in silence. It was like a game of chess when God was being secretive about his next move. I find it intriguing that in all this, Solomon never at any time tried to speak out and fight for his himself. He was quiet and never said a word until God moved on his behalf. The only time we hear Solomon speak was when he was firmly established as king over all Israel (1kings1:52) and this was when he was addressing Adonijah who was begging for his own life from the one he rejected in the first place. There’s so much to excavate from all this, but perhaps what’s most important is that:
– Let God Prepare your table of elevation, don’t do it yourself
– Let them reject you, as long as God is not the one who rejects you its fine, eventually they will know that you were God’s choice all along.
– Be like Solomon, don’t speak until you are firmly established by God,
– Be like David, even when you have God’s oil over your life, be ready to be hidden
– Be like Saul, be ready to lose the donkeys, they are not the issue, you are………”
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