WHAT IS THE KINGDOM? [Luke 19: 11-15, 27, Daniel 7:13–14]
The Kingdom of God is a central and a unifying theme of the Bible. In Genesis the Kingdom of God was inaugurated. In the book of Revelation, the Kingdom was eternally established. Today’s study seeks to turn our attention to understanding what the Kingdom is. Britain, United Kingdom, is one of the very few countries left that still has a national royal family around. However, the British picture of a kingdom falls far short of Biblical definition of Kingdom. The fact is that most of us do not really know what it is like to live in a Kingdom in Bible’s sense of the word. We pray that today’s study will go a long way in helping us to understand Biblical concept of Kingdom.
“Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?” – Ecclesiastes 8:4 (AKJV)
Jesus’ parable in Luke 19 is the story of a nobleman who went into a far country “to receive for himself a kingdom,” and to return.
(v12) What does “to receive a kingdom” mean?
How does the Nobleman typify the Lord Jesus? (see Daniel 7: 13-14)
There are four things that are necessary to constitute a kingdom. Highlight and explain each of the four parts in the story of the Nobleman.
- The King – (v12)
- The Constitution – (v13)
- The Subjects – (v13-14)
- The Territory – (v15, 27)
How does Biblical Kingdom compare with the British Monarchy? – A true Kingdom is a people ruled by one man, and that one man’s will is law.
In a true kingdom, the king rules as well as reigns. Where the word of a king is, there is power: and nobody challenges the king saying “What doest thou?” (Ecclesiastes 8:4.) In his kingdom, the will of the king is law. It is immediately clear from this that a kingdom will reflect the character and the glory of her king. A righteous king rules over a righteous kingdom and an evil king rules over an evil kingdom.