1 Kings 2
After reading this chapter, one could honestly ask if God’s is trustworthy. Another concern could be related to the benefits of being a subject of His Kingdom.
This chapter answers these questions, reminding us how relevant its message really is for us, even when we are far remove from it in time, space, and culture.
We must be careful with the questions mentioned above, since they could easily lead us to downplay God’s involvement in human history. Yes, it’s hard to believe that the kingdom of Israel was firmly established, when we consider all the political drama behind it – people being removed from office or even executed.
What we need to remember that, despite the intervention of human agencies, Gd kept His promise: From David, to Solomon, to Jesus Christ. And, in a clear contrast with how human kingdoms are established, His Kingdom is firmly establish on His Beauty – Who He is, and What He has done.
There are, of course, a multitude of benefits that come from being a subject of His Kingdom. But to consider the first one of them, and for me the most important one, we need to look at the first words our Lord proclaimed, when He started His ministry here on earth,
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Because His Kingdom is firmly established on His Beauty, the legal grounds to accept our repentance are also established. We can repent, and be sure of His forgiveness, not because of the nature of our repentance, but because of the effectiveness of His sacrifice in our behalf.
This reality should give us a deep sense of freedom and certainty.
This reality should produce gratitude out of our heart, and not a sense of entitlement or licentiousness.
How would you take advantage of this freedom, this week?
Gracia & Paz