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,