In a previous article we read where Jacob, renamed Israel by God, summoned his sons to his deathbed and addressed each one as to what was in God’s plan for them.  Out of the tribe of Judah was foretold a coming ruler who would reign over the entire world.  That was a direct prophecy concerning the Messiah who would reign from Jerusalem over all nations.  But before the crown of rulership could be worn, there must be a crown of thorns for Israel’s Messiah, the Savior-King.  

John the Baptizer tells us of the sad reception given Messiah … “He came to His own [nation of Israel], and those who were His own did not receive Him” (John 1:11 NASB).  John continues with the good news --  “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13 NASB). 

Centuries earlier, God had anointed a ruler from the tribe of Judah to demonstrate righteousness and justice that would characterize the future Millennial reign of Messiah, the Christ.  God chose a teenage shepherd to succeed King Saul who had rebelled against God.  It was through David, Saul’s successor, that God would make a covenant to establish His throne forever.  The humility of David is expressed in his prayer to the God of Israel, the pre-incarnate Christ.   "Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, O God, you have spoken about the future of the house of your servant. You have looked on me as though I were the most exalted of men, O LORD God” (1 Chron 17:16b-17 NIV).  "And now, LORD, let the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house be established forever. Do as you promised, so that it will be established and that your name will be great forever. Then men will say, 'The LORD Almighty, the God over Israel, is Israel's God!' And the house of your servant David will be established before you” (1 Chron 17:23-24 NIV).

That irrevocable contract would be reiterated to Solomon David’s son upon his succession to the throne.  Thus … “When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son.  "I am about to go the way of all the earth," he said. "So be strong, show yourself a man,  and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go, and that the LORD may keep his promise to me: 'If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel'” (1 Kings 2:1-4 NIV). 

Samuel, God’s prophet to Israel, records David’s final words of encouragement and challenge to Solomon... “The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue.  The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me: 'He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.  And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises, a morning without clouds, like the tender grass springing out of the earth, by clear shining after rain.'” (2 Sam 23:2-4 NKJV).  Though Solomon did not follow the admonitions of his father completely, God in His faithfulness will fulfill the covenant made to David to establish His throne forever in One who is will reign forever and forever and ever, Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

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