Study friends, you are really hanging in there! Kudos to you! We’re diving into week 9 and I hope sliding your chair up to our virtual study table is a blessing to you. I would love to hear your thoughts (good, bad or indifferent!), so leave me a comment!
To set the stage, we just finished a week discussing 3 Great Covenants (Abrahamic, Mosaic and New), recognizing that all three covenants are very necessary to God’s plan of salvation for us. We also found that the New Covenant has a reward which is found in the Davidic Covenant! So, that’s where we’re headed this week!
First, let’s be reminded of God’s promises regarding the Abrahamic Covenant:
He is the Lord our God;
His judgments are in all the earth.
He has remembered His covenant forever,
The word which He commanded to a thousand generations,
The covenant which He made with Abraham,
And His oath to Isaac.
Then He confirmed it to Jacob for a statute,
To Israel as an everlasting covenant,
Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
As the portion of your inheritance.”
Indeed, God remembers His covenant forever, and God’s covenants will culminate at the return of Jesus our Lord! In fact, Hebrews teaches us specifically that Jesus is the guarantee and mediator of a better covenant (Hebrews 7:22, 8:6) which is to come.
But, what is that “better covenant?” Great question! It is the Davidic Covenant…the covenant of TRIUMPH! 1 Chronicles 17 describes that covenant, including David’s longing to build a dwelling place (temple) for the Lord. But God, through the prophet Nathan, told David he was not to build the temple. But He also reminded him that God had been with David all along, and that He would appoint a place for His people forever.
Then, in verses 11-15, we see God’s repeated promise to establish the throne of David’s descendant forever, and to establish His house and His kingdom forever. Jesus was that descendant, though He didn’t look like what the Jewish people expected! They were seeking an earthly king to deliver them from the oppression of Roman rule, yet Jesus rules a kingdom much greater than that. The Jews were looking for a “forever” king, yet missed His appearing.
But hope is not lost, my friends! God has not forgotten His people, and He has not forgotten His promises to them! Jesus will reign one day, and the Davidic Covenant will be fulfilled!
Tomorrow we’ll talk about 3 conditions necessary for Jesus to reign. The study this week will build to a beautiful crescendo late in the week, so be sure to stick with us! The really exciting part is still to come!