The king we follow
King David was one of the best things that happened to Israel in the Old Testament. You could say that his reign was the high point of the gospel story pre-Jesus. God gave His people all sorts of blessings through David: unity, victory, promises, … – having this king was good for God’s people.
Hundreds of years later, the book of Chronicles was put together as a recap of the Biblical story-so-far, selecting and re-telling parts of Samuel, the Psalms etc. to teach a new generation about God, His people, His temple, His kings. Chronicles’ history starts with a fast-forward overview from Adam to David, but slows down when we get to David’s reign and starts to paint a more detailed picture.
We’re going to spend the first seven Sundays in 2018 looking at this account of David’s reign. We’ll see how people were attracted to him and how enemies feared him. How he led God’s people in celebration and thanksgiving. And crucially, how God made him an incredible promise: that his dynasty would last forever.
Because another King was coming. Another David. The first David was a shadow; this David would be the real thing. The first David was a blessing to God’s people; this David would bring far greater blessings. The first David’s reign may have been the high point of the Old Testament, but it was nothing compared to the reign of his descendant, who would be on the throne forever.
Centuries later, an angel told a teenage girl, “You will conceive and give birth to a son…. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:31-33 NIV)
The ultimate David has come.
He is The King we Follow.