The Promise of God
God delights in His people! In Genesis 12:1-3 God took so much delight in Abraham that He promised to make Abraham and great nation and to bless him with a land for the nation, people to population the nation, and to favor the nation and all who treated this new nation well. We can summarize that by saying God promised the nation land, seed, and blessing. Then, in Deuteronomy 30:1-10 God was so delighted that He repeated the promise of land and added a lot of details too. When we come to 2 Samuel 7:8-17 God’s delight continues. This time He expands the promise of seed by providing a king who will rule His people. A king who will be the Seed of Eve promised in Genesis 3:15. A Seed who will crush the head of Satan.
But I am getting ahead of myself. Let’s focus on verses 8-17. As you read these today, take note that God made 10 promises to David. Promises that God pledges to keep no matter what. These are
- A Great Name (v. 9)
- An Appointed Place (v. 10)
- A Place of Safety (v. 10)
- Rest from War (v. 11)
- A Dynasty (“House”) (vv. 12-13)
- A Descendent (v. 12)
- An Established Kingdom (v. 13)
- An Established Throne (v. 13)
- A Paternal Relationship (v. 14)
- Chastisement (vv. 14-15)
Some of these promises would be kept in David’s lifetime. For example in 2 Samuel 8:13 David gets a great name for himself, that is promise #1. In 2 Samuel 8:1-12 David vanquishes his enemies and secures his land, that is promises #2, #3, #4. In 2 Samuel 8:15 it says “David reigned over all Israel. And David administered justice and equity to all his people.” That looks like a start on #5 to me.
Of course, this is just a down payment for what is coming. God is so gracious that He provides a partial fulfillment in David’s lifetime as an encouragement to us that He will keep the rest of the promises when the time comes. In other words, these promises to David are the foundation for Jesus’ ministry. Jesus was the son of David (Matt. 1:1, Acts 13:22-23, Rom. 1:3, 2 Time 2:8, Rev. 22:16). He is the builder of God’s house (Jn. 2:19-22, Heb. 3:3-4). Jesus will possess David’s throne (Heb. 1:8, Rev. 3:21) and possess the eternal kingdom promised to David (1 Cor. 15:24-25, Eph. 5:5, Heb. 1:8, 2 Pet. 1:11).
Brothers and sisters God will keep all the promises He made to David. In fact we will see Jesus reign on David’s throne forever. Isn’t that an exciting thought? Let us live now as people who God delights in and to who will witness Him keeping all of His promises.