Jehovah is king, as he himself declares: “I am Jehovah, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King” (Is. 43:15). But Jehovah is the king of other barbarous nations, too, for we read in the Psalms: “God reigns over the nations. God sits on his holy throne” (Ps. 47:8). Jehovah is a handsome king. Isaiah says: “Your eyes will see the king in his beauty” (Is. 33:17). The same Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would be unsightly: “Like as many were astonished at you (his appearance was marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men)” (Is. 52:14). “For he grew up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form nor comeliness. When we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him” (Is. 53:2). As to physical beauty, Jehovah and Jesus are different. But Jehovah is an eternal king (Ps. 10:16). Jeremiah says: “But Jehovah is the true God; he is the living God, and an everlasting King: at his wrath the earth trembles, and the nations are not able to withstand his indignation” (Jer. 10:10). Jehovah rule sovereign over everything and everyone: “Jehovah has established his throne in the heavens. His kingdom rules over all” (Ps. 103:19). The text of Jeremiah 10:10, above, brings out that Jehovah is king eternal, with fury and indignation, and this makes the nations tremble. This text of Jeremiah is out of tune with the New Testament, which reveals the Father of love, who caused the heavens to pour grace, forgiveness for all, reconciliation, peace, abundant life, rejoicing, and victory over sin and darkness. It poured the Holy Spirit in our hearts, and through the Holy Spirit we are flooded with love (Rom. 5:5; Eph. 3:14-21).
Jehovah, the king eternal, declares that his name is Holy (Is. 57:15). And Jehovah values holiness so much that, when he makes a great promise, which cannot be changed or altered, he says: “I will not break my covenant, nor alter what my lips have uttered. Once have I sworn by my holiness, I will not lie to David. His seed will endure forever, his throne like the sun before me. It will be established forever like the moon, the faithful witness in the sky” (Ps. 89:34-37). Let us see if Jehovah has fulfilled his promise to David:
When David purposed to edify the temple, that is to say, the house of Jehovah, this Jehovah said to him: “You have shed blood abundantly, and have made great wars. You shall not build a house to my name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight. Behold, a son shall be born to you, who shall be a man of rest. I will give him rest from all his enemies all around; for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness to Israel in his days. He shall build a house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever” (1 Chr. 22:8-10). In the first place, let us understand what Jehovah said: He declared that David did not meet the moral and spiritual prerequisites in order to edify the temple because he was engaged in many wars and his hands were stained with blood, and that Solomon would be the man to meet all the conditions for such great feat. The name Solomon means peaceful, man of peace. This one would edify the glorious house of Jehovah. And Jehovah said more: “He shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever”. Solomon, however, was not peaceful, for he killed all those who sided with Adonijah, who had the right to the throne by the royal lineage. He even killed Adonijah (1 Kings 1 and 2). Solomon associated himself to foreign women, Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, and Hittite, out of love. All of them were corrupt and idolater women. They were 1,000 in all. And Solomon let himself be involved by the idolatry, following Astaroth, the goddess of the Sidonians; and following Milcom, the Ammonite abomination, he edified a high place in front of Jerusalem to Kemosh, the Moabite abomination, and to Moloch, the abomination of the sons of Ammon. Besides all of this, Solomon taxed heavy taxes to finance the luxury of 1,000 wives and the banquets and whims of the king. Solomon also had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen, etc., etc. Jehovah, then, disgusted with Solomon, divided the kingdom, rejected Solomon, and gave ten tribes to Jeroboam, son of Nebat. Only the tribe of Judah remained with Rehoboam, son of Solomon. Everything that Jehovah prophesied about Solomon turned out differently. The end of the kingdom of Jehovah happened like this: The ten tribes that constituted the kingdom of the north were taken captive to Assyria, and disappeared. The kingdom of the south, which was Judah, where the temple of Solomon stood, in the city of Jerusalem, was taken captive to Babylon. The kingdom was never restored. The Jewish people returned to Canaan 59 years ago, in 1948; however, they do not constitute a kingdom any longer, neither there is an offspring of David in existence, as Jehovah vowed. In reality the restoration of the kingdom should have occurred in the days of Jesus Christ, who was the Messiah, but Christ did not take over the throne of David, saying that his kingdom was not of this world (John 18:36). And the priests, the princes of Israel, instigated the people against Jesus, and the Romans crucified him under the demands of the people, who considered him a false Messiah.
In fact, Jesus did not submit to the project of Jehovah, preferring the cross. Therefore, when he was crucified and killed, he was the Messiah according to the flesh (Acts 2:30; Rom. 9:5). When he rose up, he was not the Messiah of Israel any longer, but the Savior of all (Rom. 7:4; 2 Cor. 5:16). This is the Father’s project, different from the project of the king Jehovah, whose kingdom is in this world. And there is more: the dream of Jehovah was to be the king of Israel. David would merely be the figurehead. All the nations would be under the feet of Israel (Ps. 47:3). All the kingdoms and nations would have to go up to worship Jehovah year after year, and those who did not do it would be stricken with great plagues, for this king god is not a father, for no father treats his children like this (Zech. 14:8-20).
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira