What sort of king is God?

We often hear God spoken of as King, but what sort of king is he? Here are some selected comments from a recent Facebook conversation that I hope will get a few of you thinking:

Brian Pendell: What kind of king is he? David was a king, but so was Pharoah. They were both kings, but one was a king of a free people and the other was a ruler of slaves.

Matt Stone: What kind of king? I defer to Matthew 20:25-28 – Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” In other words, nothing like most kings we’ve seen.

Victoria Moo Shephard: I’m talking about God the Father, who holds the world together every day.

Matt Stone: Jesus said: “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” If you’ve seen the Messiah’s style, you’ve seen God’s.

In other words, if Jesus is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15) and the exact representation of God (Hebrews 1:3), what does his way of being king suggest about God’s way of being king? I’d suggest Jesus lobs a hang grenade at traditional understandings of kingship, including divine kingship.

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