Terry, a big AMEN.
Originally Posted by jbmid1
But not until after the people had chosen Saul for themselves and endured a generation of misguided leadership.
Agreed. People then, like now, look on the outward appearance, while God looks on the inward man. Saul wasn't the only looser to be king, and time after time when the wicked king led the nation into sin, and destruction of the nation; righteous kings led the nation toward Godliness and into God's blessing. God allowed both wicked and righteous kings to rule in Israel, and the nation suffered or was blessed accordingly.
Could I offer a word of encouragement...
When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.
I think God is telling us to hang in there.
Christ is still on the throne, King of kings and Lord of lords.
In the context of describing God's awesome power, Paul describes Christ's power and authority in Ephesians 1:20-23.
"...he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Paul wrote Romans 8 to the Church in Rome, which was in an extremely religious repressive city, under a Roman emperor who was worshipped as a god, and worshipping the True God was equivalent to treason. See also the letters to the seven churches in Revelation 2-3 to see churches living under persecution.
The orb is still under the cross whether it recognises it or not.