Tuesday, October 29, 2013

His Throne Shall Be Established Forever

1 Chronicles 16:1-27 NIV

God’s Promise to David

1After David was settled in his palace, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord is under a tent.”

2Nathan replied to David, “Whatever you have in mind, do it, for God is with you.”

3But that night the Word of God came to Nathan, saying:

4“Go and tell My servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: You are not the one to build Me a house to dwell in. 5I have not dwelt in a House from the day I brought Israel up out of Egypt to this day. I have moved from one tent site to another, from one Dwelling Place to another. 

6Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their leadersa whom I commanded to shepherd My people,
“Why have you not built Me a House of cedar?” ’

7“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. 8I 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 like the names of the greatest men on earth. 9And 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 10and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over My people Israel. I will also subdue all your enemies.

“ ‘I declare to you that the Lord will build a house for you: 11When your days are over and you go to be with your ancestors,

I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. 12He is the one who will build a House for Me, and I will establish his throne forever. 13I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will never take My Love away from him, as I took it away from your predecessor. 14I will set him over My House and My Kingdom forever; his throne will be established forever.’ ”

15Nathan reported to David all the Words of this entire revelation.

David’s Prayer

16Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said:

“Who am I, Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 17And as if this were not enough in Your Sight, my God, You have spoken about the future of the house of your servant. You, Lord God, have looked on me as though I were the most exalted of men.
18“What more can David say to You for honoring Your servant? For You know Your servant, 19Lord. For the sake of Your servant and according to Your Will, You have done this great thing and made known all these great promises.

20“There is no one like You, Lord, and there is no God but You, as we have heard with our own ears.21And who is like Your people Israel—the one nation on earth whose God went out to redeem a people for Himself, and to make a Name for Yourself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations from before Your people, whom You redeemed from Egypt? 22You made Your people Israel Your very Own forever, and You, Lord, have become their God.

23“And now, Lord, let the promise You have made concerning Your servant and his house be established forever. Do as You promised, 24so that it will be established and that Your Name will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The Lord Almighty, the God over Israel, is Israel’s God!’ And the house of your servant David will be established before You.

25“You, my God, have revealed to Your servant that You will build a house for him. So Your servant has found courage to pray to You. 26You, Lord, are God! You have promised these good things to Your servant. 27Now You have been pleased to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue forever in Your Sight; for You, Lord, have blessed it, and it will be blessed forever.”

Chapter 17

This excellent chapter is the same with 2 Samuel 7. It will be worth while to look back upon what was there said on it. 

Two things in general we have in it;

I. God’s gracious acceptance of David’s purpose to build Him a House, and the promise He made thereupon (v. 1–15). 

II. David’s acceptance of God’s good promise to build him a house, and the prayer in thanksgiving he made thereupon (v. 16–27).

His throne shall be established forever

God promised David that the reign of his dynasty will last forever.

Each of these great promises was partially fulfilled in Solomon, David’s son and successor to his throne.

·       Solomon ruled on David’s throne.

·       God’s mercies never departed from Solomon, though he sinned.

·       Solomon built God a magnificent house.

Yet God’s promise to David was all the more important because of when the Chronicler wrote about it – after the exile, when there was no independent kingdom of Israel and the throne of David seemed vacant.

The Chronicler had the faith to see that this promise was not broken even when it plainly seemed to be. He knew that Messiah would indeed come from the seemingly dead line of David and reign forever. He had faith in what the prophets foretold as a greater fulfillment of these promises:

·       Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, that I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute righteousness in the earth. . . . Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jeremiah 23:5-6)

·       For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. . . Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it . . . from that time forward, even forever. (Isaiah 9:6-7)

·       And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end. (Luke 1:31-33)

God did not want the earthly house built until the spiritual house was promised and established. The more important house had to be in place first, and that house was the dynasty that would result in the throne of God’s Messiah.

As for David, God’s blessing was upon him in a unique way. The New Testament identifies Jesus with David more than with any other human ancestor.

·       Hosanna to the Son of David! (Matthew 21:9)

·       The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. (Luke 1:32)

·       I am the Root and Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star. (Revelation 22:16)

It also seems that David will be God’s chosen prince over a restored Israel in the millennial earth.

Hosea 3:5 says, Afterward, the children of Israel shall return, seek the Lord their God and David their king, and fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days.”

Other passages which set forth this idea are Ezekiel 37:24-25, Ezekiel 34:23-24, and Jeremiah 30:9.


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