“In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” – Judges 21:25
Since I was a child, I’ve heard it said, “Many want Jesus as Savior, but not Lord.” An old but very relevant point today. Reading this passage this morning, this verse stood out at the conclusion of chapter 21.
Without a king, there is no “rule” of the people whether corporately or individually. Inadvertently people will pursue their own lusts or desires if there is no ruler or law keeping them accountable to a will other than their own.
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” – Proverbs 12:15
Historically, Israel was to remain a “theocracy” (ruled by God) and not a “monarchy” (ruled by a king), but they wouldn’t have it. They demanded of Samuel the prophet to give them an earthly king. Ultimately, we all have a king; the question is who? Whether the Spirit unto life? Or sin unto death?
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” – Romans 6:16
The salvation of Jesus we speak of is a “saving” FROM sin because of its “end game,” death. The “Kingship” of our Lord Jesus is to reference our “sanctification” as to “maintain” that position of our saving. Him being ruler, and us being servants to obey.
Whether you believe this or not, we all have choices in life that dictate a consequence that can either be positive or negative. A parent tells a child what they should do, but ultimately the child chooses whether to obey mom & dad, or disobey. This is simply no different with God: A choice given from God to mankind of whether to surrender & serve Him, or not.
“Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” – Romans 6:13
If you don’t want Jesus as your King (ruler), then you can’t have Him as Savior… They go hand-in-hand.
“Jesus our Savior pulls us out of the pit, and Jesus our King keeps us from the pit!”