When it comes to the many kings of Israel, Scripture doesn’t mince words. Every crown casts a shadow. Far too often, the legacy of the kings is one of greed, deception, failure, fear, and even abandoning God. Over and over we hear the refrain, the king “did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.” Yet in the Shadowlands, we also meet the prophets of God who call us to see things as they really are. And sometimes, just sometimes, in the shadows of the kings we see the shape of the King to come.