The Trustworthiness of God's Word
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. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. (2 Samuel 7:12-14 ESV)
In 2 Samuel 7, David is feeling a bit guilty about living in a well-built palace while the Ark of the Covenant sits in a tent. Thus, he comes up with this plan to build a temple for God, a place for the all the temple furnishings and the Ark of the Covenant. But then God instructs Nathan, the prophet, to go to David and deliver a message to him from God. God, through Nathan, tells David he will not build him a temple because has too much blood on his hands from all the wars he has fought, but rather his son will build him a temple. But not only will David’s son build a temple for God, but he goes on to tell David that 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. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son.” Thus, God is going to give David a son who will (1) build a house for God, (2) establish a kingdom which will last forever, and (3) will be to God a son, and God will be to him a father. This wonderful promise comes to fulfillment in the person of Jesus Christ who is himself the true temple of God (Jn 2:19-22), the heir to the Davidic throne, and whose kingdom is from everlasting to everlasting (Lk 1:30-33). God made a promise to David around the year 1000 BC and then brings that promise to completion in the birth of Christ. This testifies to the fact that God can be fully trusted. God always keeps his word. God’s word—holy scripture—is trustworthy and true and authoritative. Read it. Believe it. Build your life on it.
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