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Root and Branch

"There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of The Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of The Lord. And his delight shall be in the fear of The Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked." (Isaiah 11:1-4 RSV)

Solomon When the Israelites left Egypt in the Exodus, The Lord was their King (1 Samuel 8:7). Through His servants Moses and Aaron, He led them, He taught them (see The Ten Commandments), He protected them, He even fed them (see What Was Manna?) - and as such, they were unbeatable.

The people however eventually decided that they didn't want The Lord as their King; they wanted a mere man instead - the greatest blunder made by humans during Bible History since Adam and Eve.

"But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; and they said, "No! but we will have a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles." And when Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the ears of The Lord. And The Lord said to Samuel, "Hearken to their voice, and make them a king." Samuel then said to the men of Israel, "Go every man to his city." (1 Samuel 8:19-22 RSV)

After their first choice for a king, Saul, proved to be a poor leader, David assumed the position - beginning a long line of kings of the Israelites (see Kings of Israel and Judah). The Lord permitted it, and is allowing it to play itself out for His purpose. But, He never surrendered His Throne to anyone. He has merely allowed humans to maintain its existence until The Rightful Owner comes.

From the line of David was eventually born The Savior (see The Chosen People). Jesus Christ is the legitimate heir to that throne, but He is also the origin of that same throne because The Logos of God that allowed humans to occupy it in the first place was the same Who was later born as Jesus Christ (see Rock Of Ages). The "Throne of David" has in fact always belonged to Jesus Christ, and it always will.

Fact Finder: Is Jesus Christ both the "Root and the Offspring" of King David?
Revelation 22:16


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