Tuesday, April 26, 2022

The Hebrew noun word כסא (kissēʾ, pronounced kee-SAY) means "seat, chair, throne." Unsurprisingly, כסא (kissēʾ ) typically appears in royal contexts like 1 Kings 22:10: "Now the king of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah were sitting on their thrones (כסאו), arrayed in their robes." The idea of the throne can also be used symbolically as a representation of royal power and authority. It is to this effect that כסא (kissēʾ ) is used in the divine promise made to David in 2 Samuel 7:13 to establish a perpetual kingdom through David's house; the text states: "He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne (כסא) of his kingdom forever." The noun כסא (kissēʾ ) is also used poetically to refer to Heaven as the throne of God, as seen in Isaiah 66:1: "Thus says the LORD: 'Heaven is my throne (כסאי) and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is my resting place?'"