Today’s reading is such a HUGE read. These chapters are the ones that promise us that the Messiah will come from the Dynasty of David.
I LOVE the way each of these chapters begin, they tell us that once David had settled into his beautiful, regal, royal, home he awoke burdened that he had this lavish home and the Lord was dwelling in the tent. David’s character is so sensitive here, and he is concerned about God. David’s heart was in the right place. He did nothing wrong by wanting to build a beautiful tabernacle/temple for the Lord to dwell. However, Nathan had a visit from God telling him to tell David – NO — you will not build me a temple/tabernacle.
David’s mission was to bring unity to Israel, and under God, he did. However, in bringing about unity, he had been in many battles which left a lot of blood on David’s hands. God did not want a king with so much blood upon him to build the temple. BUT God promised him that the temple builder would be a child of his, specifically Solomon (28:3, 1Kings 5:3.) What if David had gone ahead and built?? Look at what Psalm 127:1(a) has to say: “Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it…”
David’s response to God was so beautiful. He responded in humility NOT with resistance. He praised God, recognized God’s blessings, and accepted God’s decisions, commands, and promises.
Have you ever prayed to God for something you wanted with all of your being and were told NO? I have and honestly, reading David’s prayer in 2 Samuel had me in tears. Reading his response humbled me!! I think 2 Samuel 7:18-19 and 27-29 are AWESOME prayers that each of us could pray daily. Here they are for you to have easy access to and see if you agree:
18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said:
“WHO am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?19 And as if this were not enough in your sight, Sovereign Lord, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant—and this decree, Sovereign Lord, is for a mere human!
27 “Lord Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you.28 Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.29 Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Sovereign Lord, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever.”
Oh MY HEAVENS!! How David’s words touched my heart!!
NOW… let’s look a little deeper into the HUGE significance of these chapters.
When Mary was told she would give birth to a son as a virgin the angels said (Luke 1:30-33):
“Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
Mary was educated on the scriptures so on that phrase she KNEW that this baby was the promised Messiah.
This covenant paves the way for us to pay CLOSE attention to the Line of Judah (David’s Tribe) from here….through the prophets…through the captivity….the remnant…..to Mary….all the way to the Tribulation and finally to the New Heaven!
”Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Rev 5:5
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” Rev 22:16
And Chronicles 17 gives a beautiful portrait of God. HE does not want a house or temple built for HIM, HE is very content where HE is. Yet, HE will build us a Temple, a temple that will last forever, Jesus.
“‘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 fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, 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 the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men. 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.’ 2 Sam 7:11-16
Remember THE KEY word: Covenant! God’s long term purpose of redemption is evident here in what is called the Davidic Covenant. God promises David an eternal kingdom, throne, and seed. There are 9 different dynasties in Northern Israel, there is one dynasty in Judah-the line of David. The promise of a permanent dynasty IS fulfilled in Christ, “the Son of David”. prophesied in Isaiah 9:7 and told in Luke 1:32-33.
Isaiah 9:7 – “Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.”
Luke 1:32-33 — “HE will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
Is this not a POWERFUL reading today!!??? I would love to hear how it touched you, what scripture stood out to you, did anything new pop off the page for you, anything??
Sharing HIS enduring, everlasting, love,