We have 3 fascinating readings today; we could write pages of thoughts! First, in 1 Chron. Ch. 17 we see how ” the word of the LORD came to Nathan” the prophet [v.3] to take to David a profound message that God “will make for you a name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.” [v.8] Then God added this further promise! “I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more.” [v.9] The nation did become great under David and Solomon! But the promise is not yet completely fulfilled!
It obvious to us that the wondrous fulfilment of this promise needs an eternal king, far greater than these two! Clearly the promise points forward to our Lord Jesus who is constantly addressed as “The Son of David” in Matthew’s gospel. The people were anticipating this “Son.” One outcome of his wondrous healings was that “all the people were amazed, and said, “Can this be the Son of David?” [Matt 12 v.23]
The final words from the LORD that Nathan conveyed to David were, “I will establish his throne forever.
I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son … I will confirm him in my house and in my kingdom forever, and his throne shall be established forever.'” [v.12-14]
Ezekiel brings to us the prophecy of God’s judgements on Tyre whose king and people had played a prominent role in supporting Solomon in the building of the Temple – but then their faithfulness had faded – rather like the faithful and genuine worship of God and his Son faded after the death of the disciples.
Our Galatians chapters (3 & 4) provide us with Paul’s message to 1st Century believers to maintain and remain faithful to the wonder of the relationship they have with Christ: to resist the influences of those who wanted them to seek salvation by keeping the Law of Moses. Paul pours out his heart in writing; “I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!” [4 v.19] It is vital, says Paul, that they recognise the wonder that, “because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” [v.6]
Do we fully recognise the wonder – and the privilege – of being expected to address the Creator of all things as “Our Father”? In their language – this was “Abba.” Have we got to the stage of taking this privilege for granted?
If we have then is “the Spirit of his Son still in our hearts? Go back to our Chronicles chapter and see how David was completely overawed by God’s promise of the future! He says, “”Who am I, O LORD God … that you have brought me thus far? … You have also … shown me future generations, O LORD God!” [v.16, 17]
What has he shown to us – through His word! Shouldn’t we have a similar reaction and feel – in our hearts – completely overawed by the prospect before us! Has the “spirit” of God’s Son … really penetrated “into our hearts”? Let us maintain our faith until the end – and how close are we now to when our faith is turned to sight!