"When he was 30 year old David became king of Israel, and he reigned for 40 years. Today’s reading in 2 Samuel Chapter 5 to chapter 7 verse 21 is one of the most significant eras in the story of God’s people. David was unafraid to proclaim the greatness of his God, who promises to make David’s name great and lead his people to a place of peace and security." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)
... The Lord who rules over all says, ..."Your royal house and your kingdom will last forever in my sight. Your throne will last forever."Hannah Arendt, a German-born U.S. political philosopher, wrote "Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible."
...Then King David went into the holy tent. He sat down in front of the Lord. He said,
"Lord and King, who am I? My family isn't important. So why have you brought me this far? I would have thought that you had already done more than enough for me. But now, Lord and King, you have also spoken about what is going to happen to my royal house in days to come. ...
"Who is like your people Israel? God, we are the one nation on earth you have saved. You have set us free for yourself. ... You saved us when you set us free from Egypt. You made Israel your very own people forever. Lord, you have become our God.
"And now, Lord God, keep forever the promise you have made to me and my royal house. ... My royal house will be made secure in your sight.
... "Now please bless my royal house. Then it will continue forever in your sight. Lord and King, you have spoken. Because you have given my royal house your blessing, it will be blessed forever." (Extended excerpts from 2 Samuel 7, New International Reader's Version)
Human promises are limited by our limited perspective and our limited ability to keep them. The promises from our Creator, the Creator of the world and universe, can only be completely reliable. God was there in the beginning and has seen the end. Because he is eternal and outside the dimensions of time God has a unique view of history. Through his promises recorded in the bible, his words to us, we can understand the order of time and it's ultimate purpose.
I did a quick review of the major promises of God in the Old Testament.
God promised ...
- to save Noah & Family from the flood.
- to never again destroy the earth by flood.
- to make Abraham into a great nation and bless him and make him a blessing to all people.
- to give land to Abraham's descendants.
- to bless the Israelites if they obeyed him.
- David's kingdom & throne would last forever.
- a new Covenant
- the Messiah would come as a servant.
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God. (2 Corinthians 1:20)God's promises bring order to our future.
I am working through the E100 Bible Reading Challenge again. You can learn more about my journey and read the other posts completed so far at this link. I encourage you to stop back soon to read another passage.
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Before PowerPoint presentations ...before overhead transparencies ...many preachers used hand-painted charts to illustrate their sermons. The one in this post was painted by Steve Hudgins .