Hope of the Eternal Kingdom
2 Samuel 7:8–13
Verse 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of His kingdom forever.
Just as yesterday’s prophecy showed us that Jesus would be a prophet, today’s prophecy speaks of Jesus being a king from a royal line. This is important because although the Jewish people of Jesus’ day were hoping for a messiah that would break Rome’s rule over the land, God had something bigger in mind.
If Jesus would have taken over the rule as a conquering king it would have been a limited time rule. That kind of reign would stand until the next king came to conquer and take over ruling the people. This prophecy given to David spoke of an inherited kingship. As we talked about the other day, God had been the only King that the Israelites had until they begged for an earthly ruler like other nations had. Though their first king had been from a tribe other than Judah, God would keep His promise to Judah by placing David on the throne to be the successor of Saul instead of Saul’s son, Jonathan.
God called David a man after His own heart (1 Samuel 13:14) not because he was perfect, he wasn’t but because even as a boy facing the giant, Goliath, David knew that God was the actual King of His people. They may disobey God but He was still the King. It was for this reason that God gives the prophecy about David and his lineage. This is the kind of Messiah that was needed. A King that would rule in the knowledge that God is King and will be the King forever.
Jesus came from the lineage of a God-chosen king as the King that would rule for eternity. He didn’t come to conquer a nation for a time, He was born into the line of the royal family that God had chosen to rule for eternity. This wasn’t about fixing the national problems of an era but fixing the spiritual problems for all time. He is the King of kings and in Him is the hope of all nations!
Making It Personal
Do you have Christ on the throne of your life fixing the spiritual problems of your life? What is He working on in your life right now? Are you surrendered to His working in your life?
Making It Personal Kids
What is a king’s job? In what ways should Jesus be King in your life? Do you obey Jesus as your king?
Father, thank You for giving us Jesus as the King of kings. Thank You for sending us One to rule over our hearts and minds. Help us to surrender to Him more fully, day after day. In Jesus’ name, amen.