Author: Ron Graham
Time ~ 5. Kingdom of David
Span ~ 120 years
Books ~ 2Samuel, 1Kings, 1Chronicles, Poetry
Figures ~ Saul, David, Solomon
Begins with ~ The people of Israel seek a king
Our study of the times of Israel now brings us to when David takes the throne. In this lesson we follow more of David's adventures, but we are giving most of our attention to this promise about his throne and what it means.
God promises king David, "Your house and your kingdom shall endure before you forever. Your throne will be established forever" (2Samuel 7:16).
Peter, centuries later, preached about this promise. He claims that David understood the promise to refer to the Christ who, after his death and resurrection, would sit on the throne and rule from heaven (Acts 2:22-36).
So we see God's wonderful plan unfolding.
It was already being prepared for, and being foreshadowed, in the earlier Times of Israel.
Now, as David sits on his throne in Jerusalem, he likewise represents the Christ who will be raised up to reign from heaven.
"The LORD has truly sworn to David, and will not turn back from it, 'The fruit of your body I will set upon your throne'" (Psalms 132:11).
"I have made a covenant with my chosen; I have sworn to David my servant, 'I will establish your seed forever, and build up your throne to all generations'" (Psalms 89:3-4).
Through Nathan the prophet God tells David, "When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. Your house and your kingdom shall endure before you forever. Your throne shall be established forever" (2Samuel 7:12 13,16).
Isaiah says, For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us, and the government will rest on his shoulders. And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of his government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and uphold it with justice and righteousness, from then on and for ever more. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this" (Isaiah 9:6-7)
Peter, centuries later, preached about this promise. He claims that David “knew” what had been promised and sworn to him, and he “looked ahead” to its fulfillment and “spoke” of it. David understood and believed that Christ, after his death and resurrection, would sit on the throne and rule from heaven (Acts 2:22-36).
The throne of David and the throne of the LORD are one and the same throne. [ Compare 1Kings 2:12 and 1Chronicles 29:23 ] Jesus fulfilled the prophecies that the Christ would sit on David's throne, yet he said, "I have sat down with my Father in his throne" (Revelation 3:21).