When Yahweh makes covenant with Israel at Sinai, He inaugurates the kingdom of Israel. There, He says explicitly that He brought Israel out of Egypt in order that they might be a “kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Ex. 19:6). The “kingdom” does not begin with the anointing of Saul or David. The kingdom begins with the anointing of the whole people of Israel (Ex. 24), and the king is enthroned in their midst at the dedication of the Tabernacle (Ex. 40).