Saturday, August 11, 2012

He Did Gain Favor in the Eyes of the People

Curious story about Morianton.  He "establishes himself" king by force.  He eases up on the people, gains their favor, and they anoint him king.  This in itself is interesting -- was he crowned twice?

But the sequel is the provocative moment.  He indulges in "whoredoms," and is therefore "cut off from the presence of the Lord."  This implies that he had been in the presence of the Lord, which usually means entry into the Holy of Holies.  Read in the light of the two preceding verses, it suggests that Morianton's second crowning was coronation as a shalem king in the temple, and that crown was one he lost, by personal wickedness.

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