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Ministry Reflection - July 03, 2009

God's Word Revealed: 1 Chronicles 29:29-30

Second, let’s consider why the Lord these books at this time. It has mainly to do with what we saw over the last two weeks: the importance David’s calling in God’s plan. The prophets served at least two purposes in God’s economy: They were God’s spokesman who would bring His message of judgment when His people broke the covenant: in this sense, they were roughly the equivalent of lawyers who would prosecute a lawsuit against Israel for breaking their contract with God. But they were also the heralds of His messages of mercy: they spoke prophetically of the coming of the Christ. And as with the coming of Christ there was a flood of revelation, so there was with the coming of David, the type of Christ.

Samuel was one of these spokesman, through whom the Lord revealed the coming of His Son, as were the rest of the prophets: We read in Acts 3:22-24, “Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brethren; to Him you shall give heed to everything He says to you. 'And it will be that every soul that does not heed that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’ And likewise, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and his successors onward, also announced these days.” They did this both through their prophetic office as well as in their writings.

How did Samuel do this? He did it mainly through his faithful record of David’s call and God’s subsequent covenant with him. It wasn’t just Samuel, of course, since David outlived him. But it was Samuel and the prophets of that time, as our passage reminds us: “Now the acts of King David, from first to last, are written in the chronicles of Samuel the seer, in the chronicles of Nathan the prophet and in the chronicles of Gad the seer, with all his reign, his power, and the circumstances which came on him, on Israel, and on all the kingdoms of the lands” (1 Chr. 29:29-30).

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