God’s Faithfulness to His People Part 2 – United under God’ King
The foolishness of king Rehoboam gave rise to the division of Israel into two nations, Israel and Judah. Assyria destroyed Israel and Babylon devastated Judah. Cyrus the Persian allowed members of the Babylonian captivity to return and to rebuild but they were rarely free of foreign domination.
Then a day came when the Romans ruled in Judea that One rode into Jerusalem of whom the people truly cried, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9). God had returned to His people and the Davidic King had come to rule from his cross shaped throne and then to ascend to the right hand of his Father’s throne in glory.
The Samaritan women of John 4 is a descendant of the mixed people whom the Assyrians permitted to inhabit the area of the old Northern Kingdom of Israel. She, and those who came to share her conviction about Jesus, were forerunners of the new Jew/Gentile people of God who would be one flock under their one King and Shepherd.
Suffering as a Follower of Jesuspp
1 Peter 4:12-19
These words are to be pondered. They are the experience of many followers of Jesus in our world at the present time.
Our own society for many years appreciated the Christian religion. Then it tolerated it. Now? Well, who knows?
No one wishes to court suffering unnecessarily but when it happens it sharpens the focus on God’s promise of his future reign in the light of which we seek to love God and others as ourselves.