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Mid-Week with Christ
November 27, 2019

David the King

2 Sam. 7:8-16

 
8 Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel. 9 And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house. 12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, 15 but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. 16 And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.’ ”
 

Prayer for the Day

 
Lord God, cause us by Your Spirit to trust in Jesus as our King, ruling forever over your people on the throne of his father David. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

In the beginning, creation had only one king: the Lord. But the nations, after the Fall into sin, had a hard time keeping their gods and their kings separate. One of the first rulers of Akkadia, Naram-Sin, considered himself divine. Egyptian Pharaohs were identified with the sky god Horus or the sun god Ra. Israel was supposed to be different, and for a long period of time their earthly rulers were known not as kings but as judges. God was the only true King of Israel.
 
By the beginning of the 1st millennium BC, however, Israel wanted “a king to judge us like all the nations” (1 Sam. 8:5, ESV). The first king chosen, Saul, turned out to be a poor choice. The second king chosen by the Lord was a shepherd from the hillsides of Bethlehem named David. The rest, as they say, is history.
 
Theologically, Israel’s desire to be “like all the nations” was a profound problem. A desire for a human king was in some ways a repudiation of God’s rule over his people. But from another perspective, it revealed a profound need for humans to have someone “like us” as king. God therefore promised David that one of his descendants would rule over Israel forever. Though that descendant would be “disciplined with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men,” God’s steadfast love would not leave him.
 
Jesus would indeed be disciplined, but for carrying our sins rather than for his own. He who knew no sin would become sin for us (2 Cor. 5:1, ESV). This beloved Son of the Father would be our Lord and king forever, the true and eternal son of David and heir to his throne. Jesus is indeed building a house for God's name: the Church, made up of people from every tribe, nation and language on earth who claim Jesus' name as their own.
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