King of Kings and Kingdoms

“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’” “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” Genesis 1:26; Romans 13:1

In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing: ‘Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you of all his people, may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem.'” Ezra 1:1-3

Jesus, the Lamb who conquers, is Faithful and True. He is the Word of God, who in righteousness and holy wrath judges, makes war, and rules with a rod of iron. He alone bears the name King of kings and Lord of lords. He it is who appoints every earthly ruler, and orders all that transpires in history. He raises up earthly authorities, and uses them for His divine, eternal purposes. (Revelation 17:14; 19:11,13,15-16)

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This God named the Persian Cyrus more than a century before he was born, much less in power over an empire not yet established, to implement His plans: 

Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus,
    whose right hand I have grasped,
to subdue nations before him
    and to loose the belts of kings,
to open doors before him
    that gates may not be closed:
‘I will go before you…
I will give you the treasures of darkness
    and the hoards in secret places,
that you may know that it is I, the Lord,
    the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
For the sake of my servant Jacob,
    and Israel my chosen,
I call you by your name,
    I name you, though you do not know me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other,
    besides me there is no God;
    I equip you, though you do not know me,
that people may know, from the rising of the sun
    and from the west, that there is none besides me;
    I am the Lord, and there is no other.
    I am the Lord, who does all these things.'” Isaiah 44:1-7

Why would we ever doubt this King? Why would we question His good purposes, His benevolent sovereignty in all that comes to pass? He rules over all things for His holy sake, the eternal blessing of His children, and His glorious renown.

Hallowed and only Sovereign, King of kings and Lord of lords, may all my days be spent in service and homage to You. Engage my faculties, senses, emotions, and vigor to honor You in the charges You assign, to exercise dominion over all You appoint, in a fashion that glorifies Your royalty and worth. (1 Timothy 6:16)

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