Here is today’s calendar piece, a crown symbolizing King David:
December 13th | The Everlasting Throne
Bible Background: God made a covenant (“solemn agreement”) with King David that his descendants would be on the throne for ever! Solomon, David’s heir, broke God’s covenant by disobeying the Law. God broke Israel into two Kingdoms: the Kingdom of Judah and the Kingdom of Israel. Only seventeen kings, descendants of David, reigned over the Kingdom of Judah. After this, the King of Babylon defeated Israel and Judah. Jeconiah (aka Jehoiachin), David’s 16th great-grandson through Solomon, was cursed by God so that none of his descendants would sit on the throne; he was the king who lost his throne to Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. He was also the 10th great-grandfather of Joseph, Jesus’ legal father. Another of David’s sons, Nathan, was the 38th great-grandfather of Mary, Jesus’ Mother. Jesus’ legal right or claim to David’s throne came through Joseph from Solomon, son of David; Jesus’ physical right or claim to David’s throne came from Mary from Nathan, son of David. (Pierce, Larry and Sarfati, Jonathan. Adam to Christ. [JPEG.] September 1 2000)
Bible Study Question: “Messiah” (Hebrew: Mashiyach) and “Christ” (Greek: Christos) both mean “Anointed”. What kind of person is typically anointed (see 1 Samuel 16:1, 13). Read Acts 2:27-36. How did God provide for a King to reign on David’s throne forever?
Today’s Main Idea: The Pharisees were religious teachers. They knew that the Messiah would be a descendant from King David, but they didn’t want to acknowledge a key factor: Messiah would be much greater than King David. David referred to his descendant as “my Lord”. Messiah wouldn’t simply be a man; he would be the greatest King that ever lived, seated at the right hand of the Father…a place of honor and equality. The Pharisees realized that Jesus was saying that King David’s descendant, the Messiah, would be as great as God Himself, reigning forever.
Jesus’ adoptive (or step-) father was under a curse; as descendants of Jeconiah, Joseph’s children were not permitted on the throne of David. However, Jesus bypassed the curse because he was not a physical descendant of Joseph’s, but of Mary’s. Jesus bought his earthly father honor by redeeming him from his ancestor’s curse: what a wonderfully intimate picture of Jesus redeeming all of us from the curse of our disobedience. Because of Jesus, we all have the right to rule and reign with Him!
Jesus, through Joseph and Mary, secured the throne from His physical ancestor David: He fulfilled the prophecy that David’s throne would be everlasting. After Jesus died and was resurrected, He ascended into heaven where He has been seen–in visions–to be seated at God’s right hand, far above all “rule, power, and authority”. Because Jesus is alive forever, He is King forever: there is no need for any other king to fill David’s everlasting throne.
Application: Sometimes we can become so engrossed in our theology that we miss the point of it entirely. The Pharisees knew the prophesies about Messiah, but they did not want to understand them. They focused on the bits they liked best–about God destroying Israel’s enemies–and ignored the parts that talked about Messiah’s need to lay down his life as a ransom for many. Most of all, they did not want the prophecies to apply to this “Man” Jesus! He didn’t follow their myopic interpretations of Scripture; He gave them no religious covering to hide their sins under, no place of power to “lord it” over other people. He was a threat to their administration, their worldview, their vision. They did not want to submit to Him as King or as God! Jesus violated their understanding of a Messiah who would give them everything they wanted…at the expense of everybody else!
We can do the same thing at Christmas. We know the Christmas Story well enough, but have we missed the point? We prefer to focus on shepherds and angels, wise men and stars…all the details that require no change to our worldview, our interpretations, or our beliefs. Could it be that we are content to keep Jesus in the manger for fear that He might “grow up” to be our King? This Christmas, let’s not just focus on the bits of the Christmas Story that we feel comfortable with, but the parts that are challenging. If God came near to us as “Immanuel”, how should we respond to Him? Jesus came as the Descendant of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob…and David! He is the Source of Righteousness, Forgiveness, Redemption, and AUTHORITY. He has the right to rule all of us who claim to believe in Him. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Let’s not just set up glowing nativities and send religious Christmas cards: let’s worship Him in Spirit and truth and surrender our lives to His good plan for us.
Prayer: Father God, help me to live in the light that I serve an eternal King on an everlasting throne: I invite you to rule and reign in me. Help me to not jump to conclusions like the Pharisees; cure me of any selfishness or blindness in my interpretation of the Bible. In Jesus’ Name; Amen.
Family Activity: An Eternal Throne. What do you think God’s throne in heaven looks like? Help your children to decorate a chair at home to look like this throne. Use sheets, feathers, shiny objects…use your imagination! Make a crown out of paper and write “Son of David” on it and place it on the throne. Remind your children that Jesus is our King!
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