AN INTRODUCTION TO
THE FIRST AND SECOND BOOKS OF THE KINGS
The Holy Book is not a historical record of certain events concerning a specific nation or people, but it is a talk that touches the kingdom of God among His people, and His kingdom within every human soul. Even if it parades the history of Israel before and after the division, it actually parades God’s dealings with us, and reveals to us a fact that touches our depths, namely, to receive God our Savior – a King over our hearts, to ordain our whole life, until we reach the fellowship of His glories.
We know from the book of Genesis of the presence of kings of Edom before the existence of Israel; but, while the glory of this world goes away like grass, the kingdom of God endures forever, as the Lord Christ, the Son of David, came to reign forever, and to set His believers, kings who enjoy the fellowship of His glory.
The first and second books of Samuel came as an introduction to the two books of the kings, to tell us the origin of the royal government in king Saul, and the origin of the royal household in David, for which the first and second books of kings specifically cared, as from it, the Word of God came incarnate.
FR. TADROS Y. MALATY