This portion of the study will get better and better, my friends, so welcome back to our second day in discussion of the Davidic Covenant. If you missed part one yesterday, you might want to review it in order to get the most out of today’s discussion. Let’s dive in!
Yesterday we established the fact that a king will reign once again from Jerusalem. But who is that king? Ezekiel 37:24-28 provides a clue:
“My servant David shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall walk in my rules and be careful to obey my statutes. They shall dwell in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children’s children shall dwell there forever, and David my servant shall be their prince forever. I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore.My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord who sanctifies Israel, when my sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.”
So, will David reign? Some theologians say yes. However, let’s examine another alternative. Throughout the New Testament, Jesus (and others) refer to Him as the Son of God or the Son of Man. (See Matthew 16:15-17 and Luke 22:66-71 for examples.) But in Revelation 22:16, Jesus says:
“I am the Root and Offspring of David…”
Root and Offspring of David!?! So, how does that fit with Ezekiel 37:24-28 (above)? Might we consider David a picture of Jesus? Might we consider that, though David is also identified as “their prince forever,” he may be subject to the King of Kings? As the Root and Offspring of David, Jesus is seen as triumphant in Revelation, when He triumphs over all that is wicked and sinful. Indeed, I believe the King to reign during the Davidic Covenant is King Jesus!
Now, a twist: 1 Peter 2:9 tells us that we are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. We will rule with Him! Might David be there to rule as well? Only God could do that!
By the way…Jesus is triumphant in Revelation, and will reign during the fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant. Thus, the Davidic Covenant is the covenant of TRIUMPH!
That’s it for now, gang, but come back tomorrow because we’re just getting started in understanding the Davidic Covenant and its fulfillment.