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Journey to Bethlehem Day 23

Monday, December 21 2 Samuel 11b-17

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.’” 17 In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.

“Moreover,” in addition to the promises made in yesterday’s passage, God is now promising that David’s dynasty will last forever! This is God’s covenant with David. Solomon will get to build the temple for God that David wanted to build; but God will give David much, much more. God told David that he will have an even greater descendant! And God does not mean Solomon here, because Solomon became King before David died.

Now these descendants of David will have to be corrected and disciplined for many years to come. But God promises David he will not remove David’s lineage from the throne of Judah. And God kept that promise because Jesus came from David’s line. Mary in Luke 1:32-33 was told by the angel Gabriel that the child she was bearing “will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will have no end.”

Hallelujah! What a promise! What a gift! Jesus will reign forever, and we will be part of his kingdom!

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for promising David that your Son, our Savior, and Redeemer will come from his lineage. David was declared a man after your own heart. May our hearts be like David’s and constantly meditate on your Word until we are gathered up in your eternal kingdom. In Jesus’s wonderful name we pray. Amen