Bowie Apostolic Church
Day 5: The Son of David
by From the Pastor's Desk on March 5th, 2013

2 Samuel 7:16 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.
 
Psalm 132:11  The Lord swore to David a sure oath from which he will not turn back:  “One of the sons of your body I will set on your throne. 

Luke 1:32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God  will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

David's Throne

Suppose I make this statement:

“There is a child currently living in America who will be the 50th president United States.”

This is a likelihood. Not a prediction. I cannot really call that a prediction because every person who is president of the United States has spent time (if not all their life) in their homeland as a child. But what if I name one of his/her ancestors? Suppose I name several generations of ancestors? This begins to add precision and decrease the probability of my prediction coming true as stated. I repeat, from a statistical standpoint, the more precise of a prediction (with no statistical model, empirical evidence of any kind or the power to make it happen) the less likely your prediction will come true. Therefore, if the bible was written by mere men, then there would be no incentive to give multiple predictions about one person. However, the bible was not just written by mere men. It is the inspired word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). 

In today’s look into Messianic Prophecy, there was a prophet by the name of Nathan prophesied to the reigning king of Israel. His name was David, the youngest son of Jesse. Nathan says something very strange to him. “Your kingdom shall be made sure forever”, “Your throne shall be established forever.” David was not immortal. Men are not immortal. How can his kingdom be established forever?

First, let’s point out that this gives a precise order of ancestry. As we’ve seen already, He would be the descendant of Abraham. Abraham had two sons and it was prophesied that the promise was with Isaac, not his older son Ishmael. Isaac then had 12 sons, but the scripture insists on Judah’s dominance (Genesis 49:10). David is a descendant of Judah. Judah was preserved throughout captivity by the Babylonians and Persians. Think of this precision! The bible names the lineage of the Messiah in 4 different generations. If there was randomness to picking the Messiah, the odds were against Him being the descendant of Abraham, Isaac, Judah and David, simultaneously. But this was not random.

Back to what Nathan said. The prophecy he made also adds something new to the equation. If the throne is forever, then the Messiah would be a king. The fulfillment of this prophecy is in Jesus. The scripture clearly states that He was to inherit the throne of His father David (Luke 1:32). He is the King of kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 17:14, 19:16). Just as David ruled from Jerusalem, the bible says that Jesus will reign from Jerusalem after the restoration of all things. It is also for this reason that when people called Jesus "The Son of David," it was a public confession that they believed He was the Messiah (Matthew 9:27; 12:23; 15:22; 20:30-31; 21:9, 15; 22:42).

God’s word is faithful. It is true. In reading what scripture says about Jesus centuries before His revelation, I hope you are starting to get more confidence in the things that God has said in His word about you.


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