The Role of the King In Old Testament Worship

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Despite the predominant function of the king as a military leader, the Bible records many occasions when the kings of Israel and Judah fulfilled a significant role in the leadership of the nation's worship.

The King As Warrior

In the ancient world, kings were primarily military leaders, commanding their armies in warfare (Gen. 14:89:2; Josh. 12; 1 Sam. 11:1; 2 Sam. 8:16; Job 15:24; Prov. 30:29-31). The kings of Israel and Judah were no exceptions; their major preoccupation was the defense of their...


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