The King is in the Field

“Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty— he is the King of glory” (Psalm 24:10). 

Elul is the month in God’s calendar when we assess our spiritual lives of the past year and repent of our failures, our sins.   For 40 days before the high holy day of Yom Kippur we make resolve for the future to increase our study of God’s Word – Torah, Writings, Prophets, Gospels, and Letters – focus on our prayer life and refine our relationship with the King of Kings while we conduct our daily lives in the office, shop or field.

Generally, a King reigns from his palace and remains separate from the subjects of his Kingdom.  If  a subject wanted to approach the King, they would have to go through a time of preparation as is seen in the account of Esther.  There are protocols to be learned, an exact code of dress, speaking and mannerisms to be executed or one could face death.

The King is the central core of a nation.  He embodies the goals and aspirations of His Kingdom.  He is the reason why His subjects plow, sow and reap the harvest.  He is the One who gives His workers a vision for a promised future life.  And, it is only through the laborers that the King’s Kingdom is sustained for even a King needs the fruit of the earth to live, the grains for the bread of life.  So, one day the King leaves his throne and his palace and goes to the fields where he meets the laborers.

The King is in the Field

What happens when a laborer sees the king in his field?  Does he keep working?  Does he run home and bathe and change his clothes?  Does he continue to study and pray? Of course not, the King has come to his domain and desires to meet with him, the one who plants and harvests his sustenance.  The King has come into his worldly kingdom on his terms.  By the very fact that the King has come to his field, the land, air and plantings become a  holy, set-apart place.

It is during the month of Elul that the laborer rises from his mundane daily life and sees the purpose for ‘bringing forth bread from the earth.’  The ‘field’ is a symbol of the world, more specifically Israel,  that distinguishes the laborer’s workplace and the King’s palace.   There is a separation of the time that labor is done in the field and the holy times where meetings take place in the palace.  A laborer works six days in the field, but on the seventh set-apart day of the Sabbath,  he spends time with the King in His palace.  He ceases his work and enjoys a taste of the Kingdom promised to him.

For eleven months a laborer’s life alternates between the field and the Sabbath.   However, in the month of Elul, the King leaves his palace and comes to visit the worker in his field.  He shines his countenance on the laborer and together they spend time together in the field.   The laborer visits with the King for whom he spends his days working.  It is the month when he reasons with the Sovereign Lord and gains greater purpose for his labor of love, mercy, and grace.   The month of Elul is when the laborer’s life’s work is interrupted by the King of Glory who brings him the reality of the Kingdom to come when the He will leave His eternal sanctuary and live with His people forever.

Our King of Kings, Messiah Yeshua, came to the field to meet his laborers, his brothers and sisters.  He fellowshipped with them showing them his love, mercy and grace.  As his laborers continue to to work in his fields that are ripe for the harvest (Matthew 9:37-38), there is the future  promise of his return when he will set up his Kingdom in the field and fulfill his covenant of peace for his chosen people and those who have labored for and with her.

“I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever. My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people. Then the nations will know that I the Lord make Israel holy, when my sanctuary is among them forever’” (Ezekiel 37:26-28).

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