January 05, 2018

The Son and Seed of David

2 Samuel 7:8-17

Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.

—  2 Samuel 7:16

Filled with the Spirit, the prophet Nathan announced that David’s dynasty would last forever. David’s son Solomon would take the throne and continue David’s kingdom. But eventually Judah fell and was ruled by others.

It was David’s descendant Jesus, the Son of God, however, who would establish the forever king­dom for God’s people. But what kind of kingdom did Jesus establish? The Jewish leaders in Jesus’ day pictured the Messiah as an earthly king who would defeat the Romans and establish Israel as the political heart of the world. They looked for a judge who would drive out sinners in Israel, purge Jerusalem from Gentile outsiders, and destroy wicked nations. They wanted an earthly king who would make them powerful.

But Jesus did not drive away sinners; he welcomed them. And his ministry anticipated a mission to include the Gentiles rather than destroying them.

Today we too need to think of Jesus correctly. He is not only the Son of David but also the Son of God. He is God in our flesh. Jesus is not just a wise teacher but our Savior from sin whose words offer eternal life. He is not just an earthly friend but also the awesome King of kings and Lord of lords.

How seriously do you take Jesus today? Have you allowed his life and words to shape your thoughts, values, and lifestyle?

Son of David, Son of God, may we see and acknowledge the eternal glory of your divinity. May we encounter the real Jesus today! Amen.

About the author — Dean Deppe

Dean Deppe has been a pastor in inner-city, suburban, and rural ­churches. Currently he teaches New Testament theology at Calvin Theological Seminary. His courses include one on the parables of Jesus. He and his wife have four grown children.

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