Your throne shall be established forever

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, but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.’” In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David. II Samuel 7:14-17

Nathan is letting David know about a promise that God is making concerning David’s kingship. Even though David is mortal his kingship will be eternal. Yet when we look at history it sure looks like God reneged on this promise. In just a few hundred years there will be no kingdom much less a king to rule over it. If you believe as I do that God is unchanging and always keep His promises this can be a cause for concern.

The reason for the concern is that we try to look at God’s promises from a human perspective. No human is going to reign forever and no human linage will continue in power forever. God is talking about His Messiah. The Messiah will rule on the throne of David and that rule will be an everlasting rule. Jesus came to earth to proclaim His kingdom but the first coming was more than setting up a kingship. First Jesus had to prepare a way for humans to be reconciled to God. That work required Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, His death and resurrection. He has left us for a little while as we work for His kingdom but even though He does not walk the earth with us He is still with us.

At the perfect time in the future, a time known only to God, Jesus will return to rule over a new heaven and new earth in a New Jerusalem. That kingdom will never end.  Each and every one of Jesus followers will rule with Him on this new earth. It will be a time of peace and abundance. God will make His home with us. That is a kingdom I cannot wait to see.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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