In the beginning of Chronicles, we have a long list of genealogy. This genealogy breaks down the lineage of the leaders of the nation of Israel as well as some surrounding nations. The king’s lineage, the priests’ lineage, the Levites’ lineage, and the heads of all the tribes are presented. But more importantly, we have the history of King David given again, with more emphasis around his official acts. One of David’s acts was an attempt to build the temple for God. Yet, God did not let him because David was a king of war and God desired a king of peace to be the builder of his temple. So the prophet Nathan was the man to go deliver this news. Yet in delivering this bad news to David, he was able to deliver something even greater.
1 Chronicles 17:3–13 (NKJV) — 3 But it happened that night that the word of God came to Nathan, saying, 4 “Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD: “You shall not build Me a house to dwell in. 5 For I have not dwelt in a house since the time that I brought up Israel, even to this day, but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another. 6 Wherever I have moved about with all Israel, have I ever spoken a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’ ” ’ 7 Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts: “I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people Israel. 8 And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a name like the name of the great men who are on the earth. 9 Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously, 10 since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel. Also I will subdue all your enemies. Furthermore I tell you that the LORD will build you a house. 11 And it shall be, when your days are fulfilled, when you must go to be with your fathers, that I will set up your seed after you, who will be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He shall build Me a house, and I will establish his throne forever. 13 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son; and I will not take My mercy away from him, as I took it from him who was before you.
The Lord tells David, “You cannot build me a house, but I will build you a house.” The Lord isn’t talking about a physical house to dwell in, but the House of David as a family. David’s descendants will sit on the throne. God reminds David that He took him from nothingness and made him great. God took David from being a Shepherd of sheep to a Shepherd of a nation.
Yet, there is a specific promise of a specific person. One will come who will be of David’s seed. This person’s kingdom will be established forever. God will be his Father and he will be God’s son. This promise was partially fulfilled when Jesus Christ, the Son of David and Son of God, came to the earth to dwell among men. In this first coming, His purpose was to be a sacrifice for all the world’s sin for all time.
Romans 6:10 (NKJV) — 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
Right now, Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of God the Father, waiting for that moment that He will come again and establish the kingdom that God promises here to David. It is a Kingdom that will not fall, it will last forever. This is the kingdom we pray for when we say in prayer “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” His kingdom is coming. I pray that you are ready.
His Service, Scott
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – 1 Chronicles 18-21
- Day 2 – 1 Chronicles 22-24
- Day 3 – 1 Chronicles 25-27
- Day 4 – 1 Chronicles 28 – 2 Chronicles 1
- Day 5 – 2 Chronicles 2-5
- Day 6 – 2 Chronicles 6-8
- Day 7 – 2 Chronicles 9-12