Old Testament Expectations of the Kingdom of God
The Kingdom would bring God's Power - The Exodus Story
Exodus 3:14 (NIV) God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
Exodus 6:6-7 (NIV) 6“Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. 7I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.’”
Exodus 15:11-13, 18 (NIV) 11“Who among the gods is like you, O LORD? Who is like you—majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? 12You stretched out your right hand and the earth swallowed them. 13In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling. 18The LORD will reign for ever and ever.”
The Kingdom would bring God's Rule and Reign - David and Solomon
II Samuel 8:15 (NIV) David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people.
I Kings 4:29-30 (NIV) 29God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. 30Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt.
The Kingdom would bring God's Love, Mercy and Justice - The Prophets
Jesus Proclaims the Kingdom.
The Kingdom is here.
The Kingdom is not yet.
Matthew 24:3 (NIV) As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
Matthew 24:30-31 (NIV) 30“At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. 31And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”
The tension of the already and not yet Kingdom.
Mark 1:14-15 (NIV) 14After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!”
Matthew 11:2-6 (NIV) 2When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples 3to ask him, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” 4Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. 6Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.”
How Do We Partner With God to Be Kingdom People?
We pray that everything we do would make God's name great.
We pray that we would bring the future Kingdom into the world today.
We pray that God would supply us with all we need to be Kingdom people.
We pray that we show God's mercy to those around us.
We pray that God leads us so we don't fall into Satan's traps.
We remember that we were born again to be God's Kingdom agents here on earth.
A Kingdom Prayer
“Jesus' resurrection is the beginning of God's new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord's Prayer is about.” (N.T. Wright)