Jesus had to suffer
2 Samuel 23- 1 King 1
In 2 Samuel 23:8-39 are listed the mighty men in David’s army. One particular guy that sticks out for me is Benaiah (1Samuel 20-21). This heroic soldier once went into a pit, across slippery snow to kill a lion; I must read again the book which is inspired by this obscure, but courageous act in Scripture:
‘In a Pit with a lion on a snowy day –How to survive and thrive when opportunity roars’ by Mark Batterson
Also in these chapters, David takes a census, which was a bad decision and David submits to God’s judgment on that one. In the first chapter of 1 Kings, there’s a ‘hoo-ha’ over who is going to be the next King as King David has taken to his bed in his old age with a specially selected fair maiden to keep him warm! It’s alright in the end; King David gets involved after some persuasive words from Beth-sheba and the prophet Nathan and Solomon is crowned King. David was happy to be alive to see his son upon the throne; ‘Alls well that ends well’!
Anyway, it was the verses in 2 Samuel 23: 3-7 which really touched me this morning and in light of it being Good Friday today is somewhat timely. In these verses David wrote in the style of a prophet and spoke of the coming righteous ruler. This will be fulfilled in Jesus Christ when he returns to rule in perfect justice and peace. As I reflect on Jesus dying on the cross for me, I still know in my heart that he is alive and he is coming back.
It’s still amazes me that Jesus is from the royal line of David, from Solomon, the son of David and Beth-seda, who got together through adultery and the murder of Uriah, Beth-seda’s husband. But as I have read in the story of David, he was a great King, who made mistakes, but he always repented (eventually!), and got back in relationship with God. David also took his punishment, as I read today in 2 Samuel 24, where he wrongly took a census and God sent a plague.
The words of David which predicts Jesus’ return are beautiful and similar predictions of Jesus coming can be found in Isaiah 11:1-10, Jeremiah 23:5,6, 33:15-18, Zechariah 9:9, 10. The fulfilment of these prophecies is found in Matthew 4:14-16, Luke 24:25-27, 44-49, John 5:45-47, 8:28, 29.
In Luke 24:25-27, when Jesus drops in on a conversation between two believers after his resurrection, he said this:
‘You are such foolish, foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in Scriptures! Wasn’t it clearly predicted by the prophets that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his time of glory?’