A Different Kind of King on Palm Sunday

A long-kept desire of the people of God has been, and continues to be, the desire for a perfect king. Israel begged God for a king until he relented, and they ended up with King Saul—a fearful, wayward, usurper of God’s authority. To say that he was a disappointment to the people would be an understatement. From the time of King Saul (about 1,000 B.C.) all the way up to the days of Jesus, Israel continued in their quest for the perfect king. Over time, the picture of the ideal king changed as Israel faced God’s judgements and the dominance of