Jesus Christ – a descendent of King David
1 Kings 9-10
Today I read the warning God gave to King Solomon and looked at some of his achievements. And in chapter 10, Queen Sheba visits Solomon and is more than impressed with Solomon, his Wisdom, his country and his people. She could see that his people were happy and that God had blessed them.
What spoke to me the most today was the warning given by God; God said if Solomon would be honest and be obedient to God, then there would always be a King from his family on the throne:
‘ And if you live in honesty and truth as your father David did, always obeying me, then I will cause your descendents to be the kings of Israel forever, just as I promised your father David when I told him, ‘One of your sons shall always be on the throne of Israel’. (1 Kings 9:4-5)
But God gave this warning:
‘However, if you or your children turn away from me and worship other gods and do not obey my laws, then I will take away the people of Israel from this land which I have given them. (1 Kings 9:6)
As he approached death, King David had stressed the importance of obeying God’s laws, in order to preserve the kingdom as God had promised in 2 Samuel 7. This promise from God had two parts; one part was conditional and depended on the actions of the present king. The second part was unconditional. God’s conditional promise meant that David and his descendents would only remain in office as kings if they honoured and obeyed him. God’s unconditional promise was that David’s ancestral line would go on forever. This was fulfilled in the birth of Jesus Christ, a descendent of David who was also the eternal son of God:
‘It is the Good News about his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who came as a human baby, born into King David’s royal family line; and by being raised from the dead he was proved to be the mighty son of God, with the holy nature of God himself’ (Romans 1:2-3)
I love reading the predictions of Jesus and seeing the promises of God unfold.