Davidic Covenant

 

Hope for the Messiah and the Davidic Covenant

All Scripture points to the coming of the Messiah and His Gospel message. All of God’s prophets foretold the coming of the Messiah in one way or another. John the Baptist had the distinct privilege of paving the way for the Messiah’s sudden appearance, proclaiming “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!” However, it was Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Isaiah who pointed to Him, using the Davidic covenant as their reference. Taking the words of the prophet Ezekiel in 37:23, “They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions. But I will save them from all the backslidings in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.” Ezekiel points to the future salvation of Israel that the Messiah will accomplish. Ezekiel directly points to the fact that the Messiah will be their God. Meanwhile, Jeremiah points to the righteousness of the Messiah, and how the Messiah will be the one King righteous enough to keep the complete Davidic covenant. Jeremiah 23:5-6 states, “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.” Again, Jesus was alluded to as the Messiah. The LORD is Yahweh the LORD is our righteousness.

Even though Israel backslides and falls away from the Lord, God is faithful to honor His promise. God on earth is Christ, Christ is the Messiah and Christ was there during the establishment of the Davidic covenant. All authority and power is granted to the Messiah. No sinful person can have all power and dominion, only Christ can uphold such authority. Isaiah 9:6-7, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”

All covenants established on earth are established and fulfilled by God Himself. No mere man can possibly uphold an unconditional covenant such as established by God Almighty. The Messiah descends to earth to fulfill the covenants and prophecies as described by Luke in Luke 1:31-33 “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” and 2 Samuel 7:16 “And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.” Gabriel, an angel of the Most High God is telling Mary that the Son she will conceive will fulfill the Davidic covenant. Knowing the laws and prophets, she is not ignorant of this fact. She later sings songs of praise for this news.

Other prophets speak of the Davidic covenant. Amos 9:11-12 “In that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old, that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by my name,” declares the Lord who does this.” God declares through the prophet Amos that His covenant once fulfilled will allow all nations who call on the name of the LORD to be restored along with Israel. Who are all nations? The Gentiles. The Lord Jesus shall reign during the millennial Kingdom as stated in Revelation 11:15 “Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” From the line of Judah Jesus was born, direct lineage to King David. Who reigns forevermore? Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One, King of kings and Lord of lords, the Alpha and the Omega. The Kingdom of God will reign over all, Jew and Gentile. Revelation 7:9 “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,”. The Messianic prophecies have come to complete fulfillment through the death and resurrection of Christ our LORD. We now look to the fulfillment of the Davidic covenant. All that remains is the establishment of Christ’s reign here on earth. The throne of Christ shall be eternal, righteous, holy, and peaceful.

Psalm 89:29-37 “I will establish his offspring forever
    and his throne as the days of the heavens.
30 If his children forsake my law
    and do not walk according to my rules,
31 if they violate my statutes
    and do not keep my commandments,
32 then I will punish their transgression with the rod
    and their iniquity with stripes,
33 but I will not remove from him my steadfast love
    or be false to my faithfulness.
34 I will not violate my covenant
    or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
35 Once for all I have sworn by my holiness;
    I will not lie to David.
36 His offspring shall endure forever,
    his throne as long as the sun before me.
37 Like the moon it shall be established forever,
    a faithful witness in the skies.” Selah

The prophets point to Christ as Messiah and David sings song of praise that his kingdom shall endure through the reign of the Anointed One. The portrait painted by the prophets is this; Christ is our Holy King, establishing an eternal Kingdom reigning over all of the nations forevermore, Amen.

 

These say it better, haha

https://www.gotquestions.org/Davidic-covenant.html

https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/gods-covenant-with-david

Serve The LORD With Gladness

As a Christian, when is your life most fulfilling? I’m sure each individual will give a different answer. Each individual is at different points in their lives after all. Over the course of my walk with Christ I’ve experienced times of joy and times of sadness and I’ve observed in other believers times of joy and sadness. For those in Christ, when do we rejoice the most? When are we disappointed?

Common language used by Christian camp counselors today is the “Jesus high” feeling students get during youth camp or conferences. I’m more for saying “On Fire for the Lord” personally, but what is the meaning for the evangelist using such terminology? Referring to the zeal one may feel during camp they urge people to not lose such zeal. Zeal may spike while students or adults are immersed in the Word daily and surrounded by other believers, but the moment they get home this zeal often fades quickly. Have you noticed this trait that correlates with zeal that I’ve noticed? It’s joy! I myself am most joyful when I am on fire for the Lord! All Christians that I’ve met are the same way. When we are most joyful is when we are walking closely with our Lord and Savior. When I was a freshman in High school I was turning away from my sinful habits and I was immersed in the Word daily, was in prayer constantly, and rejoicing always. I’m sure I struggled, but I really can’t recall a time I was stuck in a rut back then. Now obviously, this is when we are most active in kingdom building. Our zeal floods over to other believers and those on their “Jesus high” are the ones leading the charge for evangelism and growing in knowledge and faith. The next question is, when do encounter the most sadness or disappointment?

When we lose our zeal it is not because Jesus is walking away from us, rather it is our deliberate walking away from Him. We grow the most disappointed, and the most complacent in our faith when we turn away from Christ and turn instead to the world and its sins. This here is the problem, the American Church places so much emphasis on sin that we have translated the battle against evil to be the battle against internal sin. Now, don’t get me wrong, that is surely a huge part of it! How can we be effective warriors for Christ if we are turning to sin and away from Him? However, this is the trap. Rather than brushing ourselves off and moving from the mistakes we’ve made, or make presently, we instead go to battle against our weaknesses. Here’s what I mean. We allow ourselves to become so bogged down and down trodden by our mistakes that we don’t allow Christ to make a new creation in us. How can the Holy Spirit move if we allow ourselves to constantly say “woe is me, I’m a failure, I’m useless for the kingdom.” We begin to focus so much attention on this weak spot in our lives that we stop going out living for the Lord and wrestle with this sin instead. What does God want us to do about our sin? Wallow in self-guilt for falling prey to sin nature within us? Certainly not!

He will again have compassion on us;
He will tread our iniquities under foot.
Yes, You will cast all our sins
Into the depths of the sea. – Micah 7:19 (NASB)

“For I will be merciful toward their iniquities,

and I will remember their sins no more.” – Hebrews 8:12 (ESV)

God wants us to repent and return to Him! He surely does not want us running away thinking we have completely severed our relationship with Him. He is the Great shepherd who watches over the flock, He does not abandon a single sheep to the wolves. David understood this, each time he sinned he was quick to RUN BACK! He didn’t run away and say “God, I can’t return to You until I deal with this problem.” We could spend all of eternity trying to rid ourselves of sin and it would never happen. If we tried to cleanse ourselves before coming to God, before going to Church in fellowship and before doing the work of the kingdom, then nothing would get done. We are humans, born into this world with sin nature we will stumble and we will fall. Don’t take lightly commiting sin, that is not the point I’m trying to make. However, don’t allow the sin in your life to take control of your objectives.

What is repentance? The changing of the mind, direction, and desire. When God tells us to repent He is calling us to change our mind and to not commit sin this is true. In addition to that, He calls us to change direction, to turn from the world and back to Him, to walk closely with Him. Furthermore, He wants our desires to be doing His will and completing the work He has set before us. The Father wants us to grow in zeal, to rejoice in His work. Even when we fall He wants us to get up and continue the fight. You know what happens when we stop focusing so much on our weak spots and start focusing on making our next move for Christ? Our weak spots bolster and we become less tempted. The Holy Spirit makes a new creation in us. Satan would love for us to fight sin all day long, he knows we can’t win on our own. If we are so occupied trying to cleanse ourselves, then he has done his job in preventing kingdom growth. On the otherhand, if we move to the offensive and begin evangelizing, even when are aware of our faults, then we will start to see a change in our lives. Zeal sky rockets and all you can think of is serving the Lord. I know without doubt that God would much rather see His flawed servants fighting evil by making disciples and being the hands and feet of Jesus, then hear another promise to “never do this again.” 

Serve the Lord with gladness, resist sin, but continue the race should you fall.

 

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. – Psalm 100 (KJV)

I would’ve used a different background, but good song!