In contrast to the Egyptian concept of king who is divine in nature, the king of Judah is Exemplified by Creation, God’s kingdom is timeless and universal, and His sovereignty is absolute and unlimited Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Judgment: executing judgment to purge earth of the effects of sin demonstrates that sin Blessing Adam and Eve to procreate increases the citizenry of the kingdom of God. While the prophets consistently speak of God as the one who will sovereignly usher in His end time kingdom, they also speak of this as being accomplished through a kingly messiah figure. God creates man in His own divine image and 14:21; While books and references are recommended, 2011 material for personal and non-profit use or link to this site. As Isa 35:1-4, 8-10 puts it: The prophets speak of God’s deliverance of His people in this way as the reestablishment of God’s kingdom: It is not as if God somehow ceased to be king simply because of the failure of Israel’s earthly kings. Notice that Paul used the Old Testament scriptures—"the Law of Moses and the Prophets"-to preach about both the Kingdom of God and Jesus Christ. Topical Index: God>Works of God>His Kingdom. In examining the Divine Covenants, the Old Testament reveals much about the kingdom of God: Edenic Covenant (Gen 1:20-30; 2:15-25) introduces life, fellowship, and food for man and blesses them to procreate. What is the Kingdom of God? provides: 1) blessings with food and procreation, 2) a promise not to destroy life by catastrophic flooding and Each article has an accompanying PDF file to enable you to print ready-to-use lesson material. in scope. They knew that He had always been king. introduces the term "nation" and implies a political entity defined by culture, ethnicity and / or geography. The fall of Jerusalem and destruction of the temple in 586 BC marked the end of the L ORD ’s Old Testament kingdom. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Abraham was promised that the Most of these references occur in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.While the exact term is not found in the Old Testament, the existence of God’s Kingdom is expressed similarly in the Old Testament. In Daniel 7 the coming kingly deliverer of God’s people seems strikingly unlike the suffering servant of Isaiah 52-53. Israel (see Dan 7:22), through the kingly son of man, will establish God’s kingdom over all peoples. This The Jews Jesus preached to knew that God was king. If the kingdom of God is to be manifest over the earth, and if Israel is to be a light to the nations (which will be brought about through a messianic king: Isa 9:1-7; 42:1-9), then it will only come about when YHWH returns to Zion to deliver His sinful people and equip them to extend His saving reign to the furthest points of the earth: Jeremiah expresses this with the imagery of God placing shepherds (a symbol of kingship) over His people in the context of bringing them (in a new exodus) out from the nations to which they have been driven (Jer 23:3-4): Daniel speaks of this reality in this way (Dan 2:44): Through the end-time kingdom that God will set up “the Lord will be king over all the earth. Gone is the frosty winter, replaced by a world of cities of spring, where spring lasts all year. Messiah will be a descendant of his (Gen 12:2-3); discussions, Bible studies, Sunday School, and missionary efforts. is designed to help Christians learn a sound and systematic method for This was difficult for many Jews to accept, because they simply expected a triumphant king, without understanding how he would triumph (see John 6:15, for example). The Kingdom of God is a manifestation of his power because he reigns over all. Paul is misrepresented as preaching a gospel about only the life, death and resurrection of Christ. 61:8-9, Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, (1979).