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Sharing Scripture — January 20, 2024

The Lord Reigns


For use: January 14 – 20, 2024
Texts: Psalm 8; 25:10; 75; 97; 100; 105:7-10; Galatians 3:26-29


King Charles III stirs up controversy once again, this time with a brand new official portrait.

Framed copies will be displayed in public institutions such as courts, schools, and government offices, much to the chagrin of anti-monarchy critics. CNN cites that those who take issue with the extravagant wealth of the monarchy condone the portraiture tradition as a waste of $10.1 million.

The United Kingdom’s Cabinet Office counters that the photograph will “reflect the new era in our history.”

Yet, despite this powerful, visual display introducing a new era for the United Kingdom, King Charles III’s reign is heavily steeped in tradition.

One such tradition includes maintaining international diplomacy with other monarchies. To ensure further cooperation between the two nations, he penned a letter to Denmark’s king and queen.

Another tradition includes working closely with the Church of England. Known as ‘Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England’ – a title dating back to 1521 – King Charles III proclaimed at his coronation the oath to “maintain and preserve inviolably the settlement of the Church of England, and the doctrine worship, discipline, and government thereof, as by law established in England.” One way in which he fulfills this promise is by appointing archbishops, bishops, and deans of the Church of England who swear allegiance to him.

Speaking of allegiance, King Charles III oversees the Commonwealth of Nations which is comprised of 14 realms and 56 independent countries.

From religious matters to international relations, his hand stretches far and wide. And yet his power pales in comparison to that of the kings and emperors of centuries past.

Is the British monarchy outdated, useless, and desperately clinging to seemingly vast yet steadily dwindling power?

Only one King is equipped to maintain an eternal reign more powerful and far-reaching than any other. As King of Creation, Judge of humanity, Victor over death, Offeror of Salvation and Head of the true church, Jesus Christ reigns as Lord over all (Psalm 93:1).


For Reflection


Connecting: What tone do you use with God during your prayer time? Can you address God as your Sovereign while simultaneously speaking to the Lord as your friend?

Sharing: The writers of the Psalms encourage us to rejoice while awaiting the Lord’s divine and righteous judgments. How can we do that despite knowing all of us will need to answer for our sins?

  1. Those covered in the blood of Christ have the assurance of forgiveness
  2. Answering for sins won’t compare to the glory which will be later revealed
  3. We must forgive ourselves as God first forgave us, then joy and praise will flow forth easily
  4. We just need to stop sinning
  5. I’m unsure
  6. Other:

Applying: Prayerfully brainstorm how to explain the kingdom of God to someone who does not yet know God.

Valuing: How do you draw the balance between yearning to see Christian values expressed in government while simultaneously vying for the separation of church and state?

~ Stefani Leeper

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