This past weekend at Eastbrook Church we began a new series, “The Kingdom of God.” This first weekend I explored the theme of the kingdom of God through the Old Testament, touching on the creation in Genesis, Abraham’s calling, the Exodus with Moses and Joshua, the entrance of the kings, exile, and two prophets, Isaiah and Daniel. It was a lot in a short time, but was my attempt to help us gain clarity on the big themes of God’s kingdom in the Hebrew Scriptures. Next week we will take a similar journey through the New Testament.
You can view the message video and outline for the message is below. You can follow along with the entire series here and the devotional that accompanies the series here. You could always join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.
“Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty.” (Psalm 24:8)
God is King over all (Genesis 1-2)
He has made and rules over everything
Humanity is made in God’s image and serves as God’s representative upon earth
God is King and His people play a part (Genesis, Exodus, Joshua)
God promises Abraham to raise up a new people (Genesis 12:1-3)
God delivers Israel at the Exodus and brings them to the Promised Land (Exodus 6:1-8)
God’s kingdom is different; He’s on His own “side” (Joshua 5:13-15)
God is King but Israel wanted another king (1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings)
Samuel and Israel’s rejection of God (1 Samuel 8)
Saul the first and faulty king (1 Samuel 9)
David the new, but imperfect, king (1 Samuel 16; 2 Samuel 5)
Solomon and the decline of the kingship toward exile (1 Kings 11)
God is King and His kingdom is coming (Isaiah)
A day will come when the nations will stream to Jerusalem (Isaiah 2)
A messianic king will reign on David’s throne and bring God’s kingdom (Isaiah 9 & 11)
He will restore Zion’s glory, rebuild the exiled ruins, and bless the nations (Isaiah 60 & 61)
God is King and no other kingdom will endure (Daniel)
God’s kingdom will overwhelm and supplant the kingdoms of earth (Daniel 2:29-45)
God’s kingdom will break through the beastly kingdoms of earth when the Son of Man appears (Daniel 7:1-28)
Key themes of the kingdom of God in the Old Testament
God is King
God’s kingdom is different than and superior to all other kingdoms
There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
And Moses said, “Here I am.” (Exodus 2:2-4)
Moses notices the “strange sight” in the midst of his ordinary life and chooses to draw aside in wonder. How often do we miss the strange sights of the Lord in the midst of our ordinary lives?
“Certainly,” we say, “I am no Moses.” Yes, this is true. But who was Moses anyway? An adopted son turned runaway? A murderer fleeing for his life? A rescued baby now lost in the wilderness as an adult?
Moses is not so different from us, other than perhaps in his willingness to be captured in the wonder of God’s appearance; captured enough to draw aside and see. It is just that simple: “I will go over and see this strange sight.” What he sees is inexplicable to him, yet he does not brush past it or ignore it. He stops, draws aside, and sees.
Could it be that this is a fundamental practice of the children of God? Could it be that interruptions of the strange are the activities of God? Could it be that curiosity and wonder are the beginnings of wild new journeys with God? How many bushes burning with divine fire will come our way today? We will never know until see stop, see, and draw aside.
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Throughout our new series “The Final Word: Knowing Christ through Hebrews,” I am writing prayers related to the text on which we are preaching each week. This prayer is drawn from Hebrews 3:1-6. The complete list of prayers inspired by Hebrews is included at the bottom of this post. You could also view my message, “God’s House,” from this passage here.
Our Father, You are the builder of everything, from the beautiful expanse of the created world to the gracious household of Your people, the church, both of which have come into being through Jesus Christ.
Lord Jesus Christ, we fix our thoughts on You. You are worthy of greater honor than Moses, who served God by bearing witness to the truth. You are the Son of God who has not only born witness, but sacrificed Yourself to birth that new household, the church.
We fix our thoughts and the eyes of our hearts on You, Jesus, while also confessing that so many things cause us trouble. We stumble and trip along the way because of sin and burdens. Please strengthen us to hold firmly to our living hope in You.
We are absolutely lost without You,
and that is why we pray to You,
the Triune God—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit— to whom be all honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.