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The Root and The Offspring
by Wayne Blank
The Lord Was The Origin Of David's Throne
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, as was the custom of the ungodly nations that surrounded them.
"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 and unstable leader, David was chosen, by God, for the position - beginning a long line of kings of the Israelites (see Israelite Dynasties and Kings of Israel and Judah). The Lord permitted it, and is allowing it to play itself out for His purpose.
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?