The History of Redemption encompasses the redemption of mankind and the recovery of the entire universe as a part of God’s Divine Administration, which is focused on the salvation of fallen mankind through the atoning work of Jesus Christ. Thus, the History of Redemption is the history that God the Father devised after the fall, that Jesus the Son fulfilled, and that the Holy Spirit completed. God loves mankind so much that He did not just devise His plan and entrust it to be fulfilled by the natural course of history; rather, God actively intervenes in the specific events of human history to fulfill what He has planned from the beginning of time.
Reverend Abraham Park has meticulously analyzed, and sheds new light upon the scriptures so that every reader can feel the power of God’s love and the divine administration of His plan for our salvation. Throughout each book, the reader can follow along scripture by scripture as basic concepts of the Christian faith are discussed in detail, and eye-opening revelations are presented with each turn of a page. The History of Redemption will bring you into a closer relationship with God as you see how His divine plan for redemption and salvation unfurled throughout history, transforming the lives of early biblical figures, and ultimately, yours and mine today!
The Genesis Genealogies
Why remember the “days of old”?
Immediately before the Israelites entered into Canaan, Moses reminded them in his farewell sermon, “Remember the days of old, consider the years of all generations!” The “days of old” and “years of all generations” are not merely old fairy tales or legends. They are a recording of the providence of God, who poured out His fervent love by intervening into the history of mankind since the fall of Adam. It is a story of the fathers of faith who unwaveringly preserved the path of godliness according to God’s providence. As the Israelites had to remember the days of old in the wilderness when they were preparing to enter into Canaan, we Christians must also remember the days of old as we prepare to enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Rediscovery of the genealogies
The genealogies in the book of Genesis that seemed so tedious with repetitions of names and births were actually the treasury of what we need to remember about the “days of old” and the “years of all generations.” They clearly portray God’s administration for the redemption of mankind and the entire universe. The genealogies in Genesis are only a few verses. Yet, they contain the redemptive providence over a long period of about 2,300 years. Thus, each verse and name in these genealogies is saturated with historical and redemptive significances. This book helps the readers rediscover the spiritual meaning contained within each of the 20 generations from Adam to Abraham.
The history of redemption is the history of separation
The book of Genesis records the genealogies of all generations, including those who have strayed away from the godly lineage, such as Cain, Ham, Ishmael, and Esau. They are examples that reflect our own sinfulness and unfaithfulness. This division between the godly lineage and the ungodly lineage continues to run together with the history of redemption. The people of God had to learn to separate themselves from the path of sin and live a consecrated life. One great example of such a life is the life of Abraham, who is probably the most prominent character in this book.
The genealogy of the godly seed continues on in the book of Genesis through the fathers of faith who were able to overcome and set themselves apart from the sins and desires of this world. This genealogy in Genesis leads up to introduce Abraham, an essential figure in God’s administration to bring salvation for the entire world. The work of redemption takes on a new phase through God’s calling of Abraham and is fulfilled through the Messiah who comes as the son of Abraham. This magnificent story of godly lineage is what Moses refers to as the “days of old.” They may be called “days of old,” but they are actually a reflection of my story today.
The Covenant of the Torch
“The Covenant of the Torch,” the key concept that penetrates through the entire redemptive history
The first book in the History of Redemption series, The Genesis Genealogies, ends at the first appearance of Abraham, which marks the inauguration of a new phase in redemptive history. In the second book of the series, The Covenant of the Torch, the grand plan of God to save all mankind through Abraham is developed in full earnest. The key concept here is the “covenant of the torch,” which God established with Abraham. The covenant of the torch promises, “in the fourth generation your descendants will come back here.”
How was the covenant of the torch fulfilled?
The covenant of the torch was passed on through the three generations of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Then, it was fulfilled through the fourth generation descendant, Joseph, who gave his last will and testament for his bones to be buried in the land of Canaan, not in Egypt. When the children of Israel came out of Egypt, they carried Joseph’s bones out with them through the 40-year wilderness journey and the 16-year period of conquering Canaan. Joseph’s bones were finally buried in the land of Shechem in Canaan. This marks the fulfillment of the covenant of the torch 692 years after its ratification.
The exodus and the 40-year wilderness journey
In the process of fulfilling the covenant of the torch, the Israelites had to walk through the wilderness for 40 years. The 40-year wilderness journey sets the pattern for today’s Christians, who are to leave Egypt (the world), receive training in the wilderness (church), and finally enter Canaan (heaven). This book has clearly rearranged all the events of the wilderness—the accounts of unbelief, treachery, repentance and forgiveness in chronological and geographical order. The 40-year long story unfolds before your eyes like an epic novel. You will groan, sigh, and at times, jump with excitement as you feel, deep within your heart, that this is your personal story!
The covenant of the torch has not been fully concluded yet
God has said that the covenant of the torch is “the word which He commanded to a thousand generations” (Ps 105:8) and “an everlasting covenant” (Ps 105:10). In other words, it is not an ancient fable that is relevant only for the direct descendants of Abraham. It spans the 6,000-year redemptive history and is applicable for us today. Joseph, the fulfiller of the covenant of the torch, foreshadows Jesus Christ. God’s grand plan to save mankind through Jesus Christ is symbolized in this story. Moreover, the Bible’s distinctive dual structure (double fulfillment of prophecy) is seen through the covenant of the torch.
In order to fulfill the covenant of the torch—which awaits future consummation, a “living” faith like that of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph is required (Matt 22:32). Those whom God regards as “the living” are those who only trust in the Gospel of Jesus Christ—who was prefigured by Joseph, the initial fulfiller of the covenant of the torch—and who are “dead” to the sins of this world. The torch of the covenant was burning within the hearts of all the heroes of faith who fulfilled the covenant of the torch with their living faith. That torch is God’s fervent love and desire to save His people.
The Unquenchable Lamp of the Covenant
Covenant – the means to save mankind
God is greater than “all” which includes the Sun and all the galaxies. More astonishing than the vastness of the universe is God’s great love for mankind. The human being is but a speck of dust drifting amidst this vast universe. God, who is greater than the entire universe, came to us and established a covenant with us in order to save us. The Proto-Gospel given to Adam and Eve, the Noahic covenant, Abrahamic covenant, Sinaitic covenant, Davidic covenant and the new covenant of Jeremiah are all stepping stones linking us and all of history to Jesus Christ, the Savior of mankind.
King David, the Lamp of the Covenant
King David was cited twice among the 42 generations in the genealogy and was recorded in both the first and second period, testifying to his significance. God promised King David and his descendants that the lamp will be forever unquenchable. By believing in Jesus, who came as the Son of David, today’s believers become the central figures in the covenant that was promised to David.
The five women listed in the genealogy
It is quite unconventional that the genealogy of Jesus includes five women. Some of them were Gentile women who were looked down upon by the Jews, and all five of them had amazing stories. Why did God record their names in the glorious genealogy of Jesus Christ?
Complete overview of the period of the Judges
Many Christians may be familiar with names of the Israelite judges like Deborah, Gideon and Samson, but not so much with names like Shamgar, Jair and Tola. This book organizes the 12 judges’ deeds and God’s evaluations of them. Although this period is not included in the genealogy of Jesus, it is important in understanding the genealogy and the covenants.
God’s covenants were passed down through the genealogy of Jesus. In the end, those covenants must be fulfilled through us, the true believers, who are continuing the lineage through faith in Jesus. Today, God is still working zealously without any rest to carry on the lamp of God’s covenant. Believers of Jesus must become God’s lamp that sends out His Gospel to the world. Our lives must be taken and used by God as His lamp.
God’s Profound and Mysterious Providence
The book discusses the second period in the genealogy of Jesus Christ
The genealogy of Jesus Christ lists 42 generations, which are divided into three periods with 14 generations per period. The second period begins with 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. Proper understanding of these terms will help 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 records of the kings are documented in the Bible in the books of 1 & 2 Kings and 1 & 2 Chronicles, their records were so scattered throughout these books such that even their regnal orders were unclear. Rev. Park’s fourth book clearly recapitulates the history, deed sand mistakes of these kings as well as God’s solemn judgments on them.
God entered into the covenant with mankind in order to save them. Yet, men have endlessly betrayed the covenants. It was always God who unfailingly remembered the covenant and carried on the genealogy to send Jesus to earth. Today’s believers must receive the Word and become God’s lamp, in order to inherit the history of redemption. Hence, it is our duty to pass down the faith to our children by teaching them the word of God.
The Promise of the Eternal Covenant
Following his remarkable exegesis on the first and second periods of Jesus’ genealogy, the best-selling author, in the fifth installment of the History of Redemption series, covers the third and final period, which spans the fourteen generations from the Babylonian exile to Jesus Christ. The Promise of the Eternal Covenant sheds light upon the labyrinth-like history of the 600 years before Jesus’ birth.
Throughout the book, Rev. Abraham Park demonstrates that God is sovereign over all history; the rise and fall of nations, kingdoms, and empires occur all according to God’s eternal decrees and providence. His readers will be filled with assurance that God’s promise of the Eternal Covenant will certainly be fulfilled.