King Of Judah

The king of Judah was the sole leader who was tasked with ruling over the ancient Judah Kingdom. The monarchy rule system began after the death of Saul. David was chosen to rule over the tribe of Judah. Although after seven years David reunited the kingdom of Israel about 930BC the kingdom split again after the rejection of the Rehoboam as their king. The tribes of Benjamin and Judah committed their loyalty to King Rehoboam and that when the kingdom of Judah was regained. The Kingdom of Judah had its capital based in Jerusalem where the king lived until his death. The dynasty of the king of Judah which begun with David continued to rule even after the completion of the kingdom when it was conquered by the empire of Babylon. Most of the people who were in exiles continued to show respect with the phrase King of exiles.

The Fall of Judah

Most Chronicles indicate that 597BC was the year that Nebuchadnezzar captured Jerusalem, the capital of Judah. This capture marked the end of the reign of Jehoaichin and ushering in the reign of Zedekiah whom Nebuchadnezzar installed. The kingdom of Judah become stabilized for a while before Zedekiah revolted against the Babylonian empire but soon it was captured again the second time. After this second capture, a Babylonian general was sent to destroy everything in the city including the temple only a few people were left to work on the land. After this incident, Judah was left under the guidance of Governor.

Coronation of the king of Judah

It took place in two parts. The first part was done in temple where the king was given his crown insignia surrounded by the royal guard and was anointed using oil and acclaimed and then in the palace where he was enthroned and high officials paid homage. The crown insignia consisted of the crown and the testimony that was the royal symbol. The anointing of the king using oil indicated that the King shared the holiness of God which made him the God's appointed one. The acclamation involved trumpet or horn sounding while the crowd shouted "long live the kings" which was a sign that the people had accepted the call made by God. Cheering and singing in praise of the king were accompanied with flute and trumpet. At the royal palace, the king was to sit on his royal throne. Once the king had taken his seat of the throne, the high official showed obedience and the current sovereign made public their offices.

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