The Eternal Throne

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.’ ”

(2 Samuel 7:8-16)

David wanted to build a house for God, but God said no. He told David that He had dwelled with his people in tents and did not need a house from David. Instead, he would make David a house. What a reversal. David wanted to build an actual house for God. God wanted to build a dynasty for David.

In that dynasty, God proclaims that the House of David would stand forever. His heir would be disciplined for iniquity, but he would be God’s son.

Look at what we know already about the coming Messiah.

God told Eve that the Messiah would crush the head of the serpent.

God told Abraham that the Messiah would descend from Abraham and die for Abraham’s failures.

God told Moses that the Messiah would be a mighty prophet that all would listen to.

Now God tells David that the Messiah would descend from his House and sit on his throne forever.

Throughout history, God has slowly revealed to us our Lord. He is coming soon.

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