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Ministry Reflection - July 04, 2009

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

Each of these books contributes to the Gospel. The book of Joshua chronicled the conquest of the land of Canaan, which is the fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant at least on the typological level. Canaan was the land God promised to Abraham and his seed – the promised rest. But it’s clear from the NT that the land pointed to the New Heavens and Earth which the faithful would inherit through the Promised Seed of Abraham – the Lord Jesus Christ.

The book of Judges prepared Israel for the coming of the King. The people rejected the Lord as their King and each did what was right in their own eyes. Each time the Lord raised up godly leadership, the people followed the Lord and prospered; but each time their godly leader died, they returned to the practice of sin. This would continue until the Lord raised up David, a man after His own heart, to lead the people in righteousness. Under his reign, righteousness did prevail, until he died. Afterwards, a righteous king would mean Israel would be a righteous nation, but an ungodly king, an unrighteous nation: as was the king, so were the people. People will go as far as government will allow, which is why our nation is in such a sad situation today. The lack of a righteous king and therefore a righteous nation pointed to the need of a righteous king, the One the Lord would provide: the Lord Jesus Christ.

The book of Ruth has to do with David and so with Jesus Christ. It gives us something of David’s genealogy and history – remembering that it is through David’s line that Messiah comes. But it is also a wonderful picture of redemption through the kinsman redeemer: As Naomi and Ruth were saved from destitution by a near relative – Boaz – so the Lord Jesus Christ became a near relative to us by taking our nature on Himself that He might redeem us from our debt to God’s justice and bring us to heaven.

And of course, there is the book of Samuel. It chronicles the history of David. But it also contains the Davidic Covenant, which is the promise God made to David that He would raise up his Seed and set Him on his throne forever: “When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever” (2 Sam. 7:12-13). All of these were wonderful additions to the canon of Scripture and were meant to advance the work of redemption.

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