A fortnight ago, in the midst of the last two eventful months, I stole a moment of solitude, browsing in a local Christian bookshop, a rare treat these days. Ended up buying some books, one being “In the Days of the Kings” by a certain Michael Wilcock. It relates immediately to our current LBS (Life Bible Study) module on the study of 1 & 2 Kings, with spiritual and political overtones, albeit in ancient Israel, the then visible Kingdom of God.
A new Season was upon us for LBS. Without us having foresight of what was in store, LBS planned a month’s hiatus in May 2018 right in the middle of our module and how we needed that break. With the dust settling post GE14 and so much happening (think chronic pain and life threatening illnesses, hospitalizations, domestic-help related headaches, loss of loved ones etc) on personal, LG, church and mission fronts, it’s a wonder how we just coped.
The motley crew of students and small group facilitators have faithfully stayed with the LBS program since it took off with the book of Genesis in mid 2016, meeting every Tuesday night. Plowing through the book of 1 & 2 Kings presented its special challenges and serendipities. Having had somewhat closer study of the kings in the bible, the students come to some interesting realizations that these ancient kings are quite relatable really, what with their political maneuvers, court intrigues etc and some would jump straight into making applications, drawing direct parallels with modern day events, even Cantonese TVB or Korean period dramas. They were told, of course, in no uncertain terms that it is a “no-no” in terms of biblical interpretation, not without in-depth study.
“In the Days of the Kings”, Michael Wilcock, the respected Bible teacher addressed the question “Where now is God’s Kingdom”? “What exactly was the kingdom and what would become of it?”
In the light of our study, we’re given to understand that the kingdoms of this world, just as Israel of old, are under God’s control. God rules all the kingdoms of men, and places over them whom He will. Like a familiar old song says, “Kings and Kingdoms shall all pass away, but there’s something about that Name – the Name of Jesus.”
As God has declared his people to be a ‘kingdom of royal priests’ (Exo 19:6, 1 Pet 2:9), let’s uphold those who are in authority and usher in a new phase of God’s kingdom rule as we wait upon him daily #30mins2kingdomlife. “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”.
Pr Patrick Lai