A Promised King From David's Line

Brian Kirkland (Community Groups Pastor)

“Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth. And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.

“‘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.’”

2 Sam 7:8-16

God’s covenant to David through Nathan established a new day for the people of God. Insecurity, oppression from foreign enemies, and internal corruption would forever be in the rear view mirror. Justice and righteousness would reign supreme. But here’s the rub: David wasn’t a perfect king; his son Solomon wasn’t either, and the subsequent rulers just got worse from there. As king after king for hundreds of years disobeyed God, it appeared that the people of God were destined for ruin. If God was going to be true to His promise, He would have to deliver an obedient, faithful son from the line of David to take the throne.

The good news is that God keeps His word. Exile and oppression were not to have the final say. God’s pledge to never remove His steadfast, covenant-keeping love from His people meant that He would supply such a king. Prophets like Jeremiah reminded Israel that God would one day intervene on their behalf:

Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness'”. – Jeremiah 23:5-6

Nearly 1000 years after God made his promise to David, the angel Gabriel visited Mary with the incredible news that He was ready fulfill the conditions of the covenant. Gabriel, God’s messenger, said:

“Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” – Luke 1: 31-33

Each Christmas we celebrate that Jesus has come as our King to fulfill all that God said he would do through the heir of David. Jesus has secured our place with God and delivered God’s people from their enemies. The faithfulness and mercy that God showed David centuries ago now also guarantees us an inheritance if we place our trust in Him. This Christmas season, take time to submit yourself again to the Son of David. Pledge your allegiance to Jesus, seek first His kingdom and righteousness, and He will graciously provide for you.

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