Do you see a man skillful and experienced in his work? He will stand [in honor] before kings; He will not stand before obscure men. Proverbs 22:29 (AMP)
The presence of kings, is what has been coming up in my heart lately and I just thought I should intricately study it and unveil the mystery of the presence of the King. First, let us start in unveiling who really fits the title of a king. In the ancient bible times, a king was the appointed leader of a nation, one could become a king by inheriting the position from their father, like Solomon did from King David or perhaps being choose by God Himself, the same way David was anointed the king of Israel, when Saul was the king which meant that Saul’s son would end up not inheriting the kingdom from their father.
Another definition of a king is someone ruling and have dominance over an area of their gifting. This gifting is gives by God freely to each one and God never takes back what He gives from us, instead He expects a profitable return from the gifts He has so graciously granted us. For example if one is gifted in cooking, one must perfect that gift until he dominates this area of cooking. However, being the best at cooking that only occurs when one becomes a slave to his gift to the point that he natures it to strength it.
This only occurs when one becomes a slave to his gift to nature it and perfects it to serve it in love to others. Thereafter, their name becomes synonymous with their area of gifting such that if anywhere needs their service they seek them out. This happened to Joseph in the bible, the king brought him out of prison just so he could be served by Bezalel, Joseph, David, Daniel, Solomon, Jesus and so many others. The common characteristics here is that one dominates his gift that he becomes great to the extent that they become great and other kings seek them out and eventually they become rich from the fees they earn since they understand their worth, the years of practice and perfect yielded to the best quality service which in return attracted only the best, which is other kings who are in need of their service.
This is exactly what Jesus Christ meant when He uttered, He who would be great among you must be the slave of all.” You must be a slave to your gift in order to grow and develop. Remember we are all made by Christ as Kings and Priests so this principle applies to all of us. Now that we have a good understanding of who a King is, both in the ancient times and our current position in Christ, we can proceed to study the characteristics of a King, and why this position is the most coveted of all, from the ancient biblical times to our current times.
The colour purple denotes royalty, it is the colour associated with the King. It is a combination of blue and red. The colour blue representative of God, heaven, divine revelation while the colour red is representative of man, the first man’s name Adam means red This colour purple is the ultimate testament to the true royalty Jesus Christ who is God, the Son (blue) who humbled Himself, took the form of man (red) and was born from a virgin, Mary.
A King has a kingdom , just like the lion is the king of the jungle. This means that he posses the authority to rule a kingdom. This is symbolized with the scepter of the king. It is highly unusual to see a king without any authority unless they have been besieged and taken captive by another due to their failure to lead or used their authority as a king. There are so many stories in the bible where a king fails to use their authority and ultimately its leads to their capture where they end up as slaves or worse they end up dead. Let us examine two different scenarios in the bible:
Moses and the Rod
As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up and saw the Egyptians marching after them, and they were very frightened; so the Israelites cried out to the Lord.
Then Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid! Take your stand [be firm and confident and undismayed] and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for those Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you while you [only need to] keep silent and remain calm.”
The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to move forward [toward the sea]. As for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, so that the sons of Israel may go through the middle of the sea on dry land. Exodus 14:10,13-16 (AMP)
We have a sneak peek of what occurred during the exodus of Israel, here the Israelites who were former slaves, finally got freedom, however the enemy still wanted them in bondage. Their leader at first failed to use their authority that’s how they ended up in bondage in the first place despite been more in population than the Egyptians.
Now their new appointed leader Moses, was calming the people, because the Egyptians were on their back meanwhile God was expecting that he uses the rod which He granted power and gave it to him. The rod here represents God given authority, just like the King’s Scepter, a king uses it to rule. If Moses did not use his rod, the Israelites could have ended up as slaves or worse they would have been killed by Pharaoh’s army.
In today’s time, all born again Christians are kings and priests. Since they are kings, they have God given authority to rule and expects anything lesser than for us to us our God given authority to rule. We rule by speaking out, the of life and death is in our tongue and those who love it will eat its fruits. Christians are righteous in Christ Jesus and the prayer of a righteous man avails much. This makes their words powerful infact the Lord instructs his disciples that whatever they bind on earth God will bind in heaven and whatever they loose on earth God will loose in heaven. So it is up to us to get up and rule as the kings, God ordained us to be, if we don’t the enemy will use our authority to enslave us or even finish us of.
The failure to use our God given authority was is best seen in the story of the Seventy captured kings. Lets us see what happened to them:
But Adoni-bezek fled; and they pursued him and caught him and cut off his thumbs and his big toes. Adoni-bezek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off used to gather up scraps of food under my table; as I have done [to others], so God has repaid me.” So they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there. Judges 1: 6-7
The seventy captured kings lost their thumbs which disarms them because one cannot yield a sword (the word of God) without a thumb a fight. The seventy kings also lost their big toes which would affect their balance when it come to movement. This condemned them not to be able to escape, or flee away from the enemy.