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David, Solomon, and Jesus

31. May 2017

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God promised Abraham a land for his offspring and family. “To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates” (Gen. 15:18). Fulfillment came when “Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the Euphrates to the land of the Philistines and to the border of Egypt.…For he had dominion over all the region west of the Euphrates from Tiphsah to Gaza, over all the kings west of the Euphrates” (1 Kings 4:21, 24).

In the meantime, God promised David, “When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever” (2 Sam. 7:12-13).

Note the following connection and likeness between King David and King Jesus:

When the angel Gabriel announced the birth of Jesus, he promised Mary, “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” (Luke 1:32). In other words, God’s promise to King David looked forward to King Jesus.

David was established as king over all of Judah and Israel. “At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years” (2 Sam. 5:5). Scripture testifies, “the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from ...

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