How to rule a Kingdom!


Notes for today’s talk at Church 23 Nov 2014

Christ the King
Christ’s Kingdom compared to human rulers.
 What is a kingdom?
 what are they for?
 What are rulers for?
no not the 12″ type
the ones who run nations?
What do they do and why?

Are they always doing what you want?
Do they look after your needs?
What are their priorities?

Are they interested in you and in what way?

 What did God say about human rulers when His people wanted one.

Samuel 8
10 So Samuel passed on the LORD’s warning to the people who were asking him for a king.11 “This is how a king will reign over you,” Samuel said. “The king will draft your sons and assign them to his chariots and his charioteers, making them run before his chariots.12 Some will be generals and captains in his army,[a] some will be forced to plow in his fields and harvest his crops, and some will make his weapons and chariot equipment.13 The king will take your daughters from you and force them to cook and bake and make perfumes for him. 14 He will take away the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his own officials. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and your grape harvest and distribute it among his officers and attendants. 16 He will take your male and female slaves and demand the finest of your cattle[b] and donkeys for his own use. 17 He will demand a tenth of your flocks, and you will be his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will beg for relief from this king you are demanding, but then the LORD will not help you.”
19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel’s warning. “Even so, we still want a king,” they said. 20 “We want to be like the nations around us. Our king will judge us and lead us into battle.”
21 So Samuel repeated to the LORD what the people had said, 22 and the LORD replied, “Do as they say, and give them a king.” Then Samuel agreed and sent the people home.

Kings & rulers want to be obeyed and followed, they will want wealth and manpower.
They want there position to be secure and so they need an army.
They pay for their advisers often their friends and family and the military by taxing you.

They need to be seen to be doing something and so interfere a lot.
They do not like people rebelling or having their own ideas.

Do they Love their subjects?
How do they treat their subjects?
 What does the bible say about ruling, a kingdom?
Proverbs 16 12-15
12 A king detests wrongdoing,
for his rule is built on justice.
13 The king is pleased with words from righteous lips;
he loves those who speak honestly.
14 The anger of the king is a deadly threat;
the wise will try to appease it.
15 When the king smiles, there is life;
his favor refreshes like a spring rain.

Proverbs 20 28 Unfailing love and faithfulness protect the king;
his throne is made secure through love.
Wisdom says that a ruler should uphold justice
be pleased to hear from people who speak the truth
That when the king is happy it makes the kingdom happy
but when he is angry it is wise to try to change his anger into happiness.
That a ruler is made secure by the love of his people, not their fear of him.

Do we see this in our human rulers?

I think we do some of the time.
A ruler wants order because it makes his nation prosperous and happy.
But they can get angry when they feel threatened or undermined.
Look at how Saul reacted to David when he thought the people liked him more than him.
We can see that even in the world around us, rulers feeling threatened or pushed into a hole.
How do they respond?

 What is the difference between human kingdoms/nations and Christ’s Kingdom?
1 – who is important?
“Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” Jesus was asked in Matthew 18
His answer, a child.
4 So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven
Is that what a human ruler would say?
Unlikely, its more likely to be those with money or status.

2 – What is your status in the kingdom?
in Gods kingdom you are a loved friend a prince or princesses, because the king is a friend to sinners
in mans kingdoms you are a servant a worker a tool, looked down on, unless you have status and or money.

Human rulers are anointed by the rich and powerful, they support the ruler in his rule and gain from it. Often trying to gain that power themselves.
Christ is anointed by sinners, because He loves them and they know they need His help.
Think of the story in Luke 7 36 – 39
36 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so Jesus went to his home and sat down to eat.[h] 37 When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. 38 Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them.
39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!”

Jesus pointed out all the time that His kingdom was for sinners, those who knew they needed Him. Not for those who felt better than every one else.

3 – Human nations are recognised by many and there are many of them
God’s kingdom is recognised by few and there is only one, its head is Christ.
God kingdom unlike human ones is not limited to a particular group of people in a particular place, nor does it use conflict to make itself bigger.

Gods kingdom is for all who want to be part of it, it crosses borders and has no need of armies or conflict.
4 – How do rulers deal with rebellion?
how does God deal with rebellion?
5 – What is our purpose in Christ’s Kingdom?
(Luke 13. 6-9). Jesus said, “A man planted a fig tree in his garden and came again and again to see if there was any fruit on it, but he was always disappointed. Finally, he said to his gardener, ‘I’ve waited three years, and there hasn’t been a single fig! Cut it down. It’s just taking up space in the garden.’ “The gardener answered, ‘Sir, give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer. If we get figs next year, fine. If not, then you can cut it down.'”
If this parable teaches us anything, it’s that God won’t let you just sit on your hands and do nothing.
We are to bring fruit, to be part of the kingdom not just feeding off of it.
The words, ‘cut it down’, are a sobering reminder of this. God is patient. He will work with you year after year in an attempt to bring you to the place of spiritual maturity where you can fulfil the purpose for which He brought you into His kingdom. But if after all His efforts you refuse to produce fruit, He will go elsewhere and find what He’s looking for. The main thing is, in the end, God’s purposes will be fulfilled!

 In conclusion
 how do we know we are a member a Kingdom?
First how do you know you are part of a human nation?
You were born there or moved there and changed nationalities.
You have a passport or other form which says you are.
You have to pay taxes etc.

So how do you know when you are in Christ’s Kingdom
John 15 19 The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. 20 Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. 21 They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the one who sent me. 22 They would not be guilty if I had not come and spoken to them. But now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Anyone who hates me also hates my Father. 24 If I hadn’t done such miraculous signs among them that no one else could do, they would not be guilty. But as it is, they have seen everything I did, yet they still hate me and my Father. 25 This fulfills what is written in their Scriptures[a]: ‘They hated me without cause.’
26 “But I will send you the Advocate[b]-the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me. 27 And you must also testify about me because you have been with me from the beginning of my ministry.

You are part of Gods Kingdom when His kingdom is more important that any national one to you.
When you put His kingdom and its rules above those of the human ones.
When you are persecuted and rejected by others because of your new status. as a friend of Christ the king.
When you have the mark of Gods Kingdom the mark of the Spirit in you.
When God sent death upon Egypt His people had to mark their homes, with blood, so death would know who was who.
Jesus now uses His spirit to do the same thing, we mark ourselves with the blood of Christ.
We are members of Christ’s kingdom when we have His Spirit in us, that is the flag of His kingdom.

 Are you a member of Christ’s Kingdom?
“anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven”
can you be a child, giving up control to God, knowing He only has the best for you in His heart?

Human Kings want people of power and status around them, Christ wants you!!
Will you join His Kingdom?

Response
If you want to be part of His kingdom then pray quietly after me
Lord Jesus Christ I am sorry for all the things I have done which are not done in love of others.
I repent of these sins.
I want to be part of your Kingdom
Accept my life as I open the door to my heart to you
Mark me as yours with your Spirit
Amen
We say together – come Holy Spirit Come, mark us as members of Christ’s Kingdom and fill us with His love for others.
Amen

Proverbs 16 12-15
12 A king detests wrongdoing,
for his rule is built on justice.
13 The king is pleased with words from righteous lips;
he loves those who speak honestly.
14 The anger of the king is a deadly threat;
the wise will try to appease it.
15 When the king smiles, there is life;
his favor refreshes like a spring rain.
Proverbs 20 28 Unfailing love and faithfulness protect the king;
his throne is made secure through love.

Matthew 18 About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”
2 Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. 3 Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4 So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
5 “And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf[a] is welcoming me. 6 But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea.

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