July: A Game of Thrones
George R. R. Martin’s epic series popularly known as A Game of Thrones, is capturing the attention of wider audiences through its HBO production. Here is an epic narrative of charismatic rulers, strategic alliances, betrayal, battles fought, lives lost and sacrificed, family conflict, torrid and destructive adulteries, and the rise and fall of kingdoms. Hmmm... this sounds like this month’s readings!
1 and 2 Kings, like the books of Samuel, are theological history. On the one hand it is the narration of the decay and destruction of the Davidic empire. On the other hand, it is the narrative of God’s presence and judgment upon a nation that has repudiated its God’s call and rejected God’s relationship. In these chapters we see God’s character revealed through the sovereign exercise of His judgment and grace as history unfolds. To the unaware, these events are merely fortunate or calamitous. To the faithful, these events are nothing short of God’s judgment and love seeking to awaken a people that have always belonged to Him.
While our own nation does not have Israel’s call, there is a “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession” (1Peter 2.9) within our borders that does! Let’s let these narratives inform our own perspectives and influence our own faithfulness.