The History of Redemption Series Book Four –
God’s Profound and Mysterious Providence
“By focusing on the faith and failures of Israel’s kings, Dr. Park leads us to Jesus the Messiah so that we may know Him and be known by Him. . . . Indeed, our Lord has given this servant to the Church as a gifted pastor and teacher in order to bring us together in the faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ (Eph 4:11-13).”
~Dr. Robert C. Stallman, Professor of Bible and Hebrew, Northwest University
The fourth book in the History of Redemption series, God’s Profound and Mysterious Providence begins with accounts of King David and Solomon, and then continues into the era of divided kingdoms: the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah. It illustrates the reigns and lives of the kings from the perspective of God’s administration for redemptive history.
In its discussion of the second period of Jesus’ genealogy in Matthew 1, this book in the series reveals God’s redemptive administration concerning the omission of four kings: Ahaziah,
Athaliah, Joash, and Amaziah.
The book also offers many informative charts and maps, including “The Regnal Chronology during the Era of the Divided Monarchy,” and “The 42 Generations in the Genealogy of Jesus Christ at a Glance.”
The second period in the genealogy of Jesus Christ of Matthew chapter one
The genealogy of Jesus Christ lists 42 generations, which are divided into three periods with 14 generations per period. The second period begins with King David and Solomon whose reigns mark the peak of prosperity in Israelite history. This period then continues into the era of divided kingdoms, the southern kingdom of Judah and the northern kingdom of Israel. The period ends with the fall of the kingdoms and the deportation to Babylon. This period spans from 1003 B.C. to 598 B.C.
The history of Israelite kings is not an ancient history of a foreign country. It is a vivid account of God’s meticulous providence to carry on the genealogy ultimately to Jesus Christ. Therefore, this period reflects as in a mirror our own lives today. This is the message of the book.
The introduction defines the central theme of the Bible – covenant and providence.
The history of redemption has continued through the means called “covenants.” The Bible is a record of the providence of God who has ceaselessly labored to carry on the covenant despite the endless betrayal of men.
Furthermore, the book introduces key terms in understanding the genealogy, i.e., accession year, regency, joint reign, and the months of Tishri and Nisan. Entering these terms into formulas of chronicles will solve numerous mysteries that had been veiling the regnal chronology of Judah and Israel to this day.
The fourteen kings of Judah are unveiled one by one
Although the kings are documented in the 1, 2 Kings and 1, 2 Chronicles in the Bible, their records were scattered throughout these books such that even their regnal orders were unclear. Now, the fourth book clearly recapitulates the history, deeds and mistakes of these kings as well as God’s solemn judgments on them.
The time it took to build Solomon’s Temple was approximately 6 years and 6 months.
How long did it take to build the legendary Temple of Solomon? Its construction began on the 2nd month in the 4th year of Solomon’s reign and completed on the 8th month in the 11th year. It is commonly calculated as approximately 7 years and 6 months. All biblical commentaries have documented the same to this day. However, this book presents irrefutable evidence to prove that it actually took “approximately 6 years and 6 months.”Its explanation is easily grasped once we understand the concept behind the months of Tishri and Nisan as previously mentioned. Many theologians are exclaiming at this finding since it is presented for the first time in biblical research history. Why is this “one-year difference” so important? It is because Solomon’s Temple is a type of the true temple built by Jesus Christ.
Regnal chronology without any discrepancies
Dr. Yeong-Su Ye, a former president of Hansin University Graduate School, stated, “To this date, no theologian has ever been able to completely organize the chronology of Judah and Israel.
Even the book The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings written by the most renowned scholar in this field, Edwin Thiele, stopped at speculations for crucial areas and was unable to provide concrete answers. However, this book so clearly settles the regnal chronology, delivering a sheer delight as in finally reaching the end of a long winding tunnel of darkness.”
Dr. Yong-kuk Wone
Professor Emeritus at Anyang University
Honorary Chairman of the Korean Archaeological Society
The author’s literary skills are superb, and his profound spiritual insight heightens the spiritual beauty of this book. I have personally authored over 40 books until now. Beginning with Moses’ Pentateuch, I have authored The Christology of the Pentateuch, The Dictionary of Biblical Archaeology, The Up-to-Date New Testament Archaeology, Commentary on Genesis, and Commentary on Psalms. I have recently begun a commentary on the New Testament and published a commentary on the book of Jude.
However, as I read the author’s book, I discovered that he was on a completely different level than I was. If my writing is a scholarly study, then the author’s writing contained in this book is a profound spiritual study that penetrates through the entire Bible. He possesses this inexplicable ability to disclose the enriched treasures hidden in the Bible in light of Christology. And the power of his words is like the forceful spewing eruptions of an active volcano.
This fourth book unfolds the second period in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. The author uses Jesus Christ’s genealogy to trace back and illumine the history of the Old Testament. Such undertaking originates from his spiritual insight that holds Jesus Christ’s genealogy as the condensation of the entire Old Testament.
The most remarkable feature of this particular volume is the explanation about the omitted generations in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. As we read Matthew 1:4-5, which says, “Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab…,” we often thought that Ram’s biological son was Amminadab and Salmon’s biological son was Boaz. However, the author elucidates that there was a gap of hundreds of years in history among these figures and successfully presents the evidences from the Bible. Surely, this is an unprecedented achievement that no other theologian in the world has been able to undertake to this day. The author also clearly explains the omissions of the three kings between Joram and Uzziah.
…In today’s spiritually dim generation, I heartily recommend Rev. Abraham Park’s latest book for I am fully assured that it will light up the darkness as a torch of God’s profound providence.