June: The Seed, the Sprouting, and the Spread of the Kingdom
This month's readings illustrate and narrate God's sovereignty. Here we see how He sovereignly governs history by sowing the future seeds of grace "today" amidst a people who have grown insecure, intimidated, and ignorant of God's relationship and rule. The Book of Ruth exists in the Bible for one reason: it tells the story of how God sowed the seeds of David's kingdom by going back and recounting how David's great-grandfather was conceived! 1 and 2 Samuel narrate the transition from the leadership of "judges" through the checkered history of God establishing His kingly rule and extending His everlasting promise to Abraham. Here see how God moves in and through the lives of 3 great men who are relationally, spiritually and morally compromised to unfold his gracious purposes across history.
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