Day 15 - David
Read 2 Samuel 7:11b-16.
Did that promise give you some goosebumps? I didn’t get too excited when I read it the first time, but now that I know what God is actually saying in this promise, I want to leap for joy! David, the shepherd-boy-and-Goliath-defeater who God made king of Israel, wanted to build a huge house—or a temple—for God, but God said no. He promised that David’s son would do it. Sure enough, David had a son named Solomon, and Solomon built a beautiful temple for God. But God made a promise even bigger than that. In verse 13, God says He will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. Unfortunately, it wasn’t too long until Solomon made some big mistakes, and his children and grand-children who were also kings made some even worse choices, and eventually the kingdom of Israel was split in two pieces and then taken over by various enemy nations. That doesn’t sound like forever.
But. There is an “offspring”, or someone who comes from the line of David. He was the Son of God. His kingdom will truly be forever and ever. There will be a day when Christ rules the world and every single person on the earth will bow to Him in worship and love and awe.
Have you heard the song Handel’s Messiah? (It’s the one that says “Hallejuah!” a bunch of times.) There’s one part in there that is taken almost exactly from Revelation 11:15, which says “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” Jesus died among criminals. The soldiers crucifying him made fun of Him and gave Him a crown made of thorns (ouch!) to try to teach Him He wasn’t really a king. Even when Christ rose again, there weren’t huge festivals celebrating His resurrection and crowds of people handing Him a crown.
But Jesus is king. And His kingdom is the only one that will last forever. The kingdom of Israel fell. The Egyptian empire fell. The Roman empire fell. All the major powers in the world have fallen. But Christ will reign forever. Celebrate Him as king today!
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