The Kingdoms of the World Become the Kingdoms of Our Lord

To read the Bible in a year, read First Chronicles 20-22.
The wording for the title of this devotional, I borrowed from Revelation 11:15, because what an angel said there about the conquering of the church, was often true of ancient Israel.
Joab, David’s general, fought against Ammon and subdued it (1Chronicles 20:1). To see how the kingdom of Ammon became the kingdom of Israel, watch this, “Then David took their king’s crown from his head, and found it to weigh a talent of gold, and there were precious stones in it. And it was set on David’s head. Also he brought out the spoil of the city in great abundance. And he brought out the people who were in it, and put them to work with saws, with iron picks, and with axes. So David did to all the cities of the people of Ammon. Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem” (1Chronicles 20:2, 3). However, in later years, the reverse happened and God cursed Israel for it. When Israel was true to God, then the kingdoms of this world became the kingdoms of Israel, but when Israel turned from God, the kingdom of Israel became the kingdom of this world.
The same often happens with the church. Let us not imitate the world, but let us be the salt of the earth and the light of the world.

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