A King Whose Throne Will Last Forever
About 1,000 years before Jesus, King David began his reign over Israel as the second king anointed by God to rule over His people. When David first assumed his reign, God spoke over him through a prophet named Nathan. We read some of Nathan’s words to David in our passage today, in which he told David that his house and kingdom would endure forever and his throne would be established forever. Of course, David died and David’s son, Solomon, also died. Neither of their thrones or reigns, in the most immediate sense, lasted forever. But by Nathan’s words, God was making a promise about a future King, one that would come after David, one who would come in the line of David. God was speaking of Jesus, the Eternal Son who would take on human flesh and then ascend to the right hand of the Father to reign forever.
Indeed, when we read about Jesus in the New Testament, we read not only that He was a descendant of David, the “Son of David,” and that David was His father (Luke 1:27, 32; Matthew 1:1; Revelation 22:16), but also that Jesus reigns and His kingdom will have no end (Matthew 28:18; Luke 1:32–33; Revelation 11:15). Notice what this passage tells you about God’s kingdom.
2 Samuel 7:11–16
“ ‘The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands. But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.’ ”
- What promises do you see in God’s words to David?
- Consider the elements of a kingdom. What comes to mind? What do you imagine Jesus’ kingdom will be like, based on what you know of Him?
- What impact does the fact that Jesus fulfilled God’s promise to David have on your faith in or relationship with Jesus?
- How might your perspective, prayers, and practices around Christmas change as you consider that Jesus fulfilled God’s promises to David and that He reigns now and forever?
Jesus, my King, thank You for Your eternal reign and kingdom. You rule with peace, justice, mercy, and love. May Your kingdom come fully on earth as it is in heaven. Allow me to live in the reality of Your kingdom now, embracing the truth that You are King. Remind me of what’s true and give me the strength to live out of that reality. Amen.
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