“When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me…
– 2 Samuel 7:12-14 NASB (emphasis added)
This passage is an excerpt of a prophecy given by the prophet Nathan to King David. The setting was this: David was planning to build a temple for God in Jerusalem to replace the mobile tabernacle (tent) that had been originally established by Moses. David’s reasoning was that since Israel had established a strong presence in the promised land through his leadership, the next logical step was to make God’s home in that promised land a permanent one.
In response, God sent the prophet Nathan to tell David that 1) He appreciated the sentiment, but that 2) the real permanent home was going to be built by one of David’s descendants – the one who would be called “Messiah” (“Christ”).
Solomon was David’s son who built a temple in Jerusalem…but that was just a foreshadowing of what God would ultimately do through Messiah. Note the promise “I will raise up your descendant after you,” which most people took figuratively, but God meant that He would literally “raise up” Messiah – which is the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
Note also the promise “I will establish his kingdom,” which was what Zechariah had also promised. You’ll remember we read this a couple of days ago:
And the Lord will be king over all the earth; in that day the Lord will be the only one, and His name the only one.
– Zechariah 14:9 NASB
Therefore, God was going to install a king for the whole universe through resurrection from death.
Notice the words I emphasized in the passage. This is perhaps the earliest reference in the Bible to Messiah as “the Son of God.” God is telling David that He will be a father to David’s descendant – that this descendant will be a son to Him. Therefore, Christ was a son of David according to the flesh and the Son of God according to the spirit.
Jesus was God and man!
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, since You are intimately familiar with the human experience, I know You can help me navigate this day as You would…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.