Welcome back, folks. Ehud here again.
This is a podcast about Christ’s Kingdom, Kinism, and all things relative thereto. Kinism, of course, being that radical notion that the Great Commission does not abolish the nations, but rather, redeems them.
At the time that Herod was king, who was the first foreigner that reigned over the Israelite people, the prophecy recorded by Moses received its fulfillment, viz. ‘That a prince should not fail of Judah, nor a ruler from his loins, until [H]e should come for whom it was reserved.’ [cited from the Septuagint] The same, he also shows, would be the expectation of the nations. The prediction was evidently not accomplished, as long as they were at liberty to have their own native rulers, which continued from the time of Moses down to the time of Augustus. Under him, Herod was the first foreigner that obtained the government of the Israelites. Since, as Josephus has written, he was an Idumean by his father’s side, and an Arabian by his mother’s … The government of the Judaeans, therefore, having devolved on such a man, the expectation of the nations was now at hand, according to prophecy; because with him terminated the regular succession of governors and princes, from the time of Moses …
From this time also, the princes and rulers of Judah, i.e., of the Judaean nation, ceasing, by a natural consequence, the priesthood, which had descended from a series of ancestors in the closest succession of kindred, was immediately thrown into confusion. Of this, you have the evidence of Josephus; who shows that when Herod was appointed king by the Romans, he no longer nominated the chief priests from the ancient lineage, but conferred the honour upon certain obscure individuals.”
~Eusebius, Eccles. Hist., ch.6
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