On August 3, we will be starting our new sermon series, Called To Submit Under His Kingship, based on 1 Kings.
To help us to get the most out of each sermon, I have prepared this small introduction to the series. I’m planning on posting, each week, a short Epilogue to each sermon, with the idea of fomenting conversation and discussion, regarding the practical application of each sermon.
The overarching story of the Bible
One very important fact to consider during this series – actually, it would be good to remember this every time you approach Scripture – is that the Bible is not a collection of moral stories.
The Bible is God’s Special Revelation, and as such it is composed of three basic themes:
- God’s character
- The real condition of man
- What God has done, in time and space, about the condition of man
Every time we explore any part of the it, we must ask what is that Scripture is telling us regarding these themes.
The beginning of our series
We will start at 1 Kings chapter 1. But the story didn’t start there. To find out what’s going on, we must back several chapters, to the book of Samuel.
The main problem was that God’s people didn’t want to be different, i.e. they didn’t want to be holy. Look at their request,
4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at (D)Ramah 5 and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. (E)Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.” 1 Samuel 8
Samuel was not happy with this request, and not necessarily for the right reason, so he asked the LORD for guidance. This is how God responded,
7 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, (F)for they have not rejected you, (G)but they have rejected me from being king over them. 8 According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you. 9 Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them (H)and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.” 1 Samuel 8
This is the real beginning of our series.
1 Kings as history
From Wikipedia, this is an introduction to Kings as an account of Israel’s hostiry.
The two Books of Kings (Hebrew: Sepher M’lakhim, ספר מלכים – the two books were originally one) present the biblical view of history of ancient Israel and Judah from the death of David to the release of his successor Jehoiachin from imprisonment in Babylon, a period of some 400 years (c.960–560 BCE). It concludes a series of books running from Joshua through Judges and Samuel, which make up the section of the Hebrew Bible called the Former Prophets; this series is also often referred to as the Deuteronomistic history, a body of writing which scholars believe was written to provide a theological explanation for the destruction of the Jewish kingdom by Babylon in 586 BCE and a foundation for a return from exile.
You can read the rest of the article here.
It seems to be a good article, but do not forget this is Wikipedia; take what it says with a grain of salt.
1 Kings as theology
Contrast. That is the main word you need to remember, as we go over 1 Kings. We will see the behaviour of human kings, who were charged to be a reflection of the real King of Israel.
Every time they failed, and in the very small amount of times when they didn’t, we are reminded, by contrast, of how great the King of kings really is.
We could say, in a way, that the book of Kings is really a treaty on Christology; by looking at history, we will learn more about King Jesus and His Kingdom, as it’s present here and now, but it is also yet to come.
The goal for this series
I hope God the Holy Spirit will open our eyes to the splendour of His Majesty. I hope He allows us to gain understanding to see that each and every aspect of life, however trivial it may seem, should be gladly put under the direction of the King.
I hope He may give us the desire and ability to submit under His Kingship.
As we start, I’d like to ask you to join me in prayer. Pray that our LORD may give us a better understanding of His Beauty. Pray also that we would be granted a renewed sense of awe, standing before the majesty of our King.
To See, Enjoy, and Share the Beauty of Jesus Christ in cultural diversity.