Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 15, 2015

“the Lord God will give Him (Christ) the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles 21:1-7.

“1 Then Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David, and Jehoram his son became king in his place.  2 He had brothers, the sons of Jehoshaphat: Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, Azaryahu, Michael and Shephatiah.  All these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel.  3 Their father gave them many gifts of silver, gold and precious things, with fortified cities in Judah, but he gave the kingdom to Jehoram because he was the firstborn.

4 Now when Jehoram had taken over the kingdom of his father and made himself secure, he killed all his brothers with the sword, and some of the rulers of Israel also.  5 Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.  6 He walked in the way of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahab did (for Ahab’s daughter was his wife), and he did evil in the sight of the Lord.  7 Yet the Lord was not willing to destroy the house of David because of the covenant which He had made with David, and since He had promised to give a lamp to him and his sons forever.”  2 Chronicles 21:1-7.

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In today’s Scripture, we read about the promise to give a lamp to David and his sons forever.  Verse 7.  This promise refers to the promise to establish David’s kingdom through his descendant forever and to also otherwise lovingkindness to him in 2 Samuel 7:12-16.

“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;  when he commits iniquity, I will correct him with the rod of men and the strokes of the sons of men, but My lovingkindness shall not depart from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you.  Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever;  your throne shall be established forever.”’”   2 Samuel 7:12-16.

Ultimately, this promise applies to Christ, a descendant of David.  God established the kingdom of Christ forever.

“The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary;  for you have found favor with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High;  and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;  and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”  Luke 1:30-32.

“… The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ;  and He will reign forever and ever.”  Revelation 11:15.

“6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”

7 “I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
9 ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”  Psalm 2:6-9.

Because we are in Christ, we reign with Christ.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”  Ephesians 2:4-7.

“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”  Colossians 1:13-14.

“For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”  Romans 5:17.

“And they *sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals;  for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.

“You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God;  and they will reign upon the earth.”  Revelation 5:9-10.

Other doctrine places its hope in man, man’s alleged free-will, man’s works, and man’s choices.

But, Reformed doctrine places its hope in God, God’s will, God’s promises, God’s works, and God’s choices.

“For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.”   Acts 2:39.

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