Puzzle Piece 6: Leaders
Judges & Kings were leaders of an earthly kingdom
Key Bible Reference: Joshua-2 Kings 25; 1&2 Chronicles; Job-Song of Solomon
The Old Testament leaders were judges and kings who were concerned with establishing an earthly kingdom and leading people in battles against physical enemies. When the leaders obeyed God and eradicated false gods, God empowered them to defeat their enemies and He restored peace and protected them. However, without Godly leadership, the people were led into sin by those around them and oppressed by their enemies to the point that the kingdoms were destroyed.
JESUS’ Disciples are leaders of a Heavenly Kingdom
Key Bible Reference: Acts 3-Jude
Jesus was born when the Romans were ruling over the Israelites, but He didn’t come to conquer the Romans and establish an earthly kingdom. Instead He chose the 12 disciples as the first leaders whose mission was to teach people, in word and deed, about Jesus and a Heavenly Kingdom. All Christians are leaders who should spread the good news that by the grace of God, through faith in Jesus, we can be saved from the punishment of our sins and have abundant life here on earth as well as eternal life in God’s Kingdom. Jesus is the King of Kings whose Kingdom will never end. Those who believe in Jesus will be empowered by the Holy Spirit to defeat their enemies. Believers will be blessed and will inherit the Kingdom of God. However, those who reject Jesus will be judged on their own merit and will suffer the consequences of their choice.
Connecting the Old & New Testament
|Old Testament||LIFE||New Testament|
|Judges & Kings||WHO||Disciples of Jesus|
|Earthly Kingdom||WHAT||Heavenly Kingdom|
|~1487-586 BC||WHEN||AD 33-70|
|Israel||WHERE||Israel, Turkey, Europe|
|Enforce Laws of God||HOW||Teach Gospel of Jesus|
|Love via Godly Leaders||WHY||Love via Holy Spirit|
Luke 1 (NKJV)
31 And behold, you will conceive in
your womb and bring forth a Son,
and shall call His name Jesus.
32 He will be great, and will be
called the Son of the Highest;
and the Lord God will give Him
the throne of His father David.
33 And He will reign over the house
of Jacob forever, and of
His kingdom there will be no end.”