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Ministry Reflection - June 15, 2009

A Man after God’s Own Heart: 1 Samuel 13:14

Last week, we considered another picture of the Lord Jesus Christ and another way the Lord advanced His work of redemption: the sons of the prophets. Remember, these sons were not the children of the prophets, in the way we normally think of children. They were disciples, led by a prominent prophet of the day. They were preparing that they might be ready if the Lord should call them to service, and He did many of them.

The office of prophet wasn’t entirely new: They existed prior to these schools of the prophets. But it was new in the sense that the Lord had never done anything like this before, very likely because the need hadn’t yet arisen. Now that Israel was in the land and spread out into their territories – now that they were no longer one large camp in the wilderness – more prophets were needed. Whenever the Lord wanted to encourage His people of His promises – such as when they were threatened by a foreign power – or when He wanted to reprove them for their sins and call them to repentance – such as when they broke His covenant – they were available. The Lord met that need through these schools, providing an unbroken line of prophetic succession to Israel until Malachi.

This advanced the work of redemption in at least three ways: The Lord used them to declare His will to His people. Through their office they provided a picture of Christ who was the greatest of all the prophets. And through their prophecies, they prepared God’s people for Christ’s coming.

As far as how this helps us today: We don’t have prophets in this sense, because we no longer need them: the Scripture is complete – we have everything we need to know to live a godly life. But we do have them in the sense that God has appointed men to read, explain and apply His Word to His people that they might live a godly life: we call them pastors and teachers. And let’s not forget that the Word they explain and apply is the Word that God has given to us through the prophets.

In the early reflections of this week, we move on now to another phase in the History of Redemption: the time from the anointing of David as king, to the Babylonian Captivity. What marks the beginning of this time frame is the establishing of the Davidic line of kings, beginning with David himself – the great ancestor of Christ, who foreshadows Christ’s reign over not only Israel, but the world. The Lord had before narrowed down the people (ethnicity) through whom Jesus would come; now He narrows down the particular person from all the millions of Israel. We saw earlier how the Lord indicated that the Christ would come from the line of Seth, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The last line He narrowed it down to was Judah (Gen. 49). But the Lord now sets David aside in a way that places him apart from all the rest and bestows on him special honor. Here is another step forward in the work of redemption as the time of Christ continued to draw near.

We’ll consider that David was not only an ancestor of Christ, but he was the greatest personal type of Christ in the entire Old Testament. We’ll see two things: First, why we should believe that David was the greatest personal type of Christ. And second, how in establishing David’s kingdom, how the Lord also established the kingdom of His Son.

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