Num 23:21 “He has not observed misfortune in Jacob; Nor has He seen trouble in Israel; The LORD (Jehovah) his God (Elohim) is with him, And the shout of a king is among them.”
Certainly, the Jews had sinned often, but as far as their standing before God was concerned, they were accepted.
They had been delivered from Egypt by the blood of the Lamb, and they were God’s own purchased possession. Exo 19:1-6
Exo 19:5 “Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession (special treasure) among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; 6and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”
Humanly speaking, they were failures, but from the Divine viewpoint, they were the people of God forever.
Shout = teruah – תְּרוּעָה (ter-oo-aw’) = Alarm, signal, sound of trumpet.
This is a feminine noun formed from the root rua – ר֫וּעַ (roo-ah’)
It is a purely Hebrew formation and occurs thirty-six times in the Old Testament, mostly in the singular.
There are four distinct senses in which it is used:
1) It is used for “signal” (Leviticus 25:9), the “sound of the trumpet” for the blowing of the shophar – שׁוֹפָר (sho-far’) = trumpet, on the Day of Atonement.
2) It is used for “alarm” as in case of attack (Joshua 6:5; Jeremiah 4:19), “I hear the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.”
3) In addition, it is used for the trumpet in the tumult of the battle, “And Moab shall die amid uproar amid shouting, and the sound of the trumpet” (Amos 2:2).
4) Lastly, the noun is used for the exultation of praise to God, “Praise him with trumpet sound, praise him with lute and harp” (Psalms 150:3).
The word is used (Lev 23:24 note) to describe the sound of the silver trumpets. The “shout of a king;” therefore, refers to the jubilant sounds by which the presence of the Lord as their King among them was celebrated by Israel.
Lev 23:24 “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month (Tishri) on the first of the month (Rosh Hashanah) you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy gathering. 25‘You shall not do any laborious work, but you shall present an offering by fire to the Lord.”
As a nation, Israel was instructed by signals from the priests blowing trumpets (Num. 10). The Feast of Trumpets illustrates the regathering or Rapture of the Church and the beginning of the regathering of Israel. Another of God’s trumpets shall call Israel from the ends of the earth on the Day of Atonement. Isa 27:12-13; Matt 24:29-31; 1 Cor 15:52 ff; 1 Thess 4:13-18
Therefore, the shout of the King must be understood as a militaristic threat, implying that the Lord is a Warrior who leads His hosts to victory. Josh 6:5, 20; Psa 47:5; Jer 4:19; 49:2
Such power renders sorcery and divination harmless. All that remains is for the nations to look on Israel and marvel at God’s protecting grace (Num. 23:23).
So, the phrase “shout of the King” is a Hebrew idiom meaning, “praise to our warrior King,” as noted in the following translations.
Num 23:21 (NLT) “No misfortune is in sight for Jacob; no trouble is in store for Israel. For the LORD their God is with them; He has been proclaimed their king.”
Num 23:21 (GWT) “He doesn’t want any trouble for the descendants of Jacob. He sees no misfortune for the people of Israel. The LORD their God is with them, praised as their king.”
This is a reference to the Lord’s status and position as the King of His people Israel. He is giving the same honor as the angelic creatures gave Him in eternity past because of His kingship. Exo 15:18 w/ Job 38:7
Exo 15:18 “The LORD shall reign forever and ever.”
Job 38:7 “When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” “LORD”
The Hebrew word used for “King” is MELEK – מֶ֫לֶך (meh’-lek); the Greek word is BASILEUS – βασιλεύς (bas-il-yooce’).
Heb 1:2 “Whom (The Lord Jesus Christ) He (God the Father) hath once and for all appointed heir of all things.”
The first glory of Christ actually reverts back to eternity past, because “appointed” is in the aorist tense in the Greek, meaning, “once and for all appointed.”
Billions and trillions of years ago, long before man or angels were created, Jesus Christ was made Heir of all things. This is part of the Divine decree found in Psa 2:7,8, when in the plan of the Father, The Lord Jesus Christ was appointed Heir of all things that will survive in the eternal state.
Heirship comes through Sonship. Generally speaking, you cannot be an heir unless you are either the adopted or the real son of someone.
Believers are, by both adoption [Gal 4:5] and regeneration, the sons of God [Gal 3:26; John 1:12].
You are an heir of God; you are the heir of an inheritance which is incorruptible, which can never be changed, and which can never be taken away from you, no matter what.
At the moment of salvation, God the Holy Spirit put us into union with Christ [1 Co 12:13], and as a result brings us into relationship with Christ and the Father.
As an heir, what is your royalty based on? It is based on the Royalty of Jesus Christ.
The Royalty of Jesus Christ
Christ has Divine Royalty: Jesus Christ is God having the essence of God. He is coequal and coeternal with the other members of the Trinity. The Son of God is the title for His Divine Royalty. The Father and the Spirit are His Divine Royal Family. By virtue of His eternal and infinite being as God, He wears the crown of the royalty of His Deity.
Jn 1:18; 6:46; 1 Tim 6:16; 1 Jn 4:12.
This royalty has no beginning and no end. All Bible doctrine comes from His Divine Royalty.
Christ has Jewish Royalty: Jesus Christ is directly descended from David, the tribe of Judah, the family of Jesse, the line of David.
Mary was directly descended from Nathan, David’s son.
Joseph was directly descended from Solomon, David’s son. (Joseph was Jesus’ legal but not real father.)
Our Lord’s Jewish Royal Family, besides his four stepbrothers and two sisters, is the Davidic line. The title for his Jewish royalty is son of David. This is the royalty of His true humanity, by virtue of the virgin birth, Incarnation and First Advent.
Mary’s line from Nathan is recorded in Luke;
Joseph’s line is recorded in Matthew.
Christ has Battlefield Royalty: By resurrection, ascension, and session, Jesus Christ became the victor of the angelic conflict. This strategic victory makes Jesus Christ unique royalty.
He is ruler over all angels and the human race.
His title over all humanity is King of kings, 1 Tim 6:14.
1 Tim 6:14-16 “… [That at] the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15which He will bring about at the proper time—He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.”
Notice the order: King first, Lord second speaking to man here.
Who are the “kings” over whom our Lord is “King?” Mature believers of the Church Age who will rule with Him. Rom 5:17; 1 Cor 4:8; 2 Tim 2:12; Rev 2:26-28
Rev 5:10 “And You have made them a kingdom of priests to our God and they shall rule upon the earth.”
Rev 20:6 “Great happiness and privilege and holy blessing to those who are part of the first resurrection. Over these the second death [the last judgment] has no jurisdiction, and they will be priests of God in Christ, and they will rule with Him for one thousand years.”
His title over all angels is Lord of lords. Rev 17:14
Rev 17:14 “These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”
Notice the order: Lord first, King second. Here He wages war against the powers of the earth that have been given their power by Satan. So, Satan is their leader and Lord is addressed first.
The royalty of His Hypostatic Union, by virtue of His strategic victory of the first Advent. The cross was the greatest battlefield in history! This royalty makes Jesus Christ the ruler of elect angels and regenerate mankind, Col 2:14 Heb 2:14. The hypostatic union royalty was given to our Lord Jesus Christ as a verbal commission: “Sit down at My right hand.”
Our Lord has the Royal Title “Son of Man,“ because He made the decision in eternity past, as part of the Divine decrees, to come to the earth and provide eternal salvation for the entire human race.
He has the Royal Title “The Logos,“ based on our Lord’s decision to come into the world and provide eternal salvation. This was an unknown title until it was recorded in the Word of God.
Rev 19:12 “And His eyes [were] a flame of fire, and on His head [are] many diadems; and He has a royal title which has been written which no one understood except Himself.”
- The title has been revealed to the Church, but was unknown up until the Church Age and it is still a prophetic title.
Mt 11:27 is the key to interpreting this verse.
Mat 11:27 “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son determines to reveal Himself.”
- The Son, our Lord Jesus Christ has the right of determination to reveal Himself. The Son has made the decision to reveal Himself in the infallible Word of God, which abides forever.
The Son has revealed Himself to His royal family, all Church Age believers, in the next verse and gives us the name of this title.
Rev 19:13 “He is clothed with a military robe splattered with blood, and His royal title is designated The Logos of God.”
- The Lord Jesus Christ as a warrior is described in the prophecy of Isa 59:17.
Isa 59:17 “He put on righteousness like a breastplate and a helmet of victory on His head; furthermore, He wore the uniform of justice, and He wrapped around Himself a military cloak of zeal.”
- Rev 14:20explains why this military cloak is splattered with blood.
Rev 14:20 “And the wine press was trampled outside the city, and the blood flowed from the wine press up to the horses’ bridles as far a one hundred and eighty miles.”
Isa 34:2 “For the Lord’s wrath is against all the nations, And His anger against all their armies; He has utterly destroyed them, He has given them over to slaughter. So their slain will be thrown out, And their corpses will give off their stench, And the mountains will be drenched with their blood.”
The Unknown Royal Title (HO LOGOS TOU THEOU–“the Word of God”) has been Written in the Infallible Word of God for Every Church Age Believer as Royal Family of God to See and Understand for Themselves.
However, it should be remembered that even the revelation of Bible doctrine is not known to us as it is known to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, we can understand this unknown title through the study of the Divine essence of Jesus Christ.
Our understanding of the unknown title of royalty includes not only inculcation and cognition of the divine attributes of Jesus Christ as God, but the human attributes of Jesus Christ in hypostatic union.
Our Lord’s unknown title is not hidden, but deliberately revealed in Scripture.
“The Logos” is the Royal title of eternity past in the Divine decrees, Jn 1:1-3, which is based on five decisions Jesus Christ made. This is the title of the decisions our Lord made in eternity past to become our Savior.
(a) Jesus Christ made the decision in eternity past to provide unlimited atonement by becoming the only efficacious sacrifice in human history, the basis for our salvation. This was one day’s work in eternity past.
(b) Jesus Christ made the decision to propitiate God the Father through His perfect sacrifice of Himself being judged for our sins. As a result of going to the Cross and being judged for the sins of the world, God the Father is satisfied with the salvation work of Christ on the Cross–propitiation. This eliminates all religions in human history as being efficacious to God the Father.
(c) Jesus Christ made the decision to reconcile mankind to God through faith alone in Himself. As a result of our Lord’s work on the Cross, mankind is reconciled to God.
(d) Jesus Christ made the decision to become the mediator between God and man, and therefore equal with both parties–God and man. Therefore, Jesus Christ made the decision to become true humanity to become our Mediator.
(e) Jesus Christ made the decision to redeem mankind from the slave market of sin. The result of the Cross is also redemption, being freed from slavery to the lusts and desires of the sin nature. Every believer is born spiritually dead in the slave market of sin.
1 John 1:1 “What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life.”
Rev 19:13 “He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.”
Zech 9:9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
He is just and endowed with salvation,
Humble, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
John 12:13 “took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel.” 14Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written,”
Psa 98:6 “With trumpets and the sound of the horn shout joyfully before the King, the LORD.”
Rev15:2 “And I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of God. 3And they sang* the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations (ages)!”
Rev 19:16 “And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, ‘KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.’”