This chapter contains God’s great promise to David, the promise that is a refinement to the one given to Abraham – that in his seed all nations would be blessed. David’s son Solomon was to build the Temple. The promise about an everlasting kingdom is given to David’s house, not David’s heir, Solomon! Jesus is not a direct descendant of Solomon, but of Solomon’s brother Nathan.
“I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.”
The most special thing about David is the same thing as with Abraham (and with us) – God chose him!
Here we read that God has chosen the line of David to remain before Him forever,
“And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.”
These words of the Lord have two truths.
The first is that they are true of Solomon. He built God’s house, a temple like none seen before (or after, Ezra 3:12). And his kingdom was established before the Lord (1 Kings 4).
But we know Solomon is only a shadow of the second truth. That these words speak of Jesus.
He is the King established forever (Luke 1:33). HE built an everlasting house/temple (Luke 2:19, John 2:21). And He is great David’s greater son (Matthew 1:1).
There is a deep sense of the greatness of God’s sovereignty at work here in this passage. The greatness of His love, the depths of His mercy.
Hallelujah, what a Lord God we have!
* Father Above,
Please humble us today, make our spirits contrite before You.
Please may we tremble at Your word.
Help us to see Jesus today, and please give us opportunity to point people to You.