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What Kind of King is Jesus?
"And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two,
and gave them authority over the unclean spirits." - Mark 6:7
Today's Gospel reading could be called "A Tale of Two Kings." We see both King Jesus and King Herod exercising their royal authority among their closest followers. The contrast could not be clearer:
King Jesus speaks the truth and demonstrated His power as king so clearly that people are left stunned and puzzled. They ask, "
I cry aloud to You, O God,
aloud to You, and You will hear me.
In the day of my trouble I seek You, my Lord;
in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
my soul refuses to be comforted.
When I remember You, O God, I moan;
when I meditate, my spirit faints.
You hold my eyelids open;
I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
I consider the days of old,
the years long ago.
I said, “Let me remember my song in the night;
let me meditate in my heart.”
Then my spirit made a diligent search:
“Will the Lord spurn forever,
and never again be favorable?
Has his steadfast love forever ceased?
Are his promises at an end for all time?
Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has he in anger shut up his compassion?”
Then I said, “I will appeal to this,
to the years of the Right Hand of the Most High.”
I will remember Your deeds, O Lord;
yes, I will remember Your wonders of old.
I will ponder all Your work,
and meditate on Your mighty deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy.
What god is great like You, our God?
You are the God who works wonders;
You have made known Your might among the peoples.
You with your arm redeemed Your people,
the children of Jacob and Joseph.
When the waters saw You, O God,
when the waters saw You, they were afraid;
indeed, the deep trembled.
The clouds poured out water;
the skies gave forth thunder;
your arrows flashed on every side.
The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind;
your lightnings lighted up the world;
the earth trembled and shook.
Your way was through the sea,
your path through the great waters;
yet your footprints were unseen.
You led your people like a flock