by George C. Mayes, M.Div.
The thread of kingship weaves its way through the storyline of Scripture. It finds its origin in Eden, where Yahweh places his very image and likeness, in the Garden and commands him to rule and subdue Creation. Paradise, however, is quickly brought to ruin through the royal couples’ disobedience and the blessings of Genesis 1 are overshadowed by the curses of Genesis 3 where the serpent is cursed to travel on its belly and eat dust; the woman is cursed with pain in childbirth, and the man is cursed to till unwilling soil until the day he dies. All is not lost, for embedded within the curses is a promise that a seed of the woman will crush the head of the serpent (Gen 3:14-19). As the narrative continues, God promises blessings to Abram that directly counteract the curses of Genesis, and the idea of kingship reemerges with… [more]