Reading through the Bible together
In this chapter we see David’s desire to build a temple for the Lord. When he told Nathan the prophet what was in his heart, Nathan encouraged him and said, “Do all that is in your heart and the Lord be with you” (v. 3). But that night the Lord spoke to Nathan and gave him a message for David. The Lord said, “Why would you want to build Me a house? Have I ever asked anyone from the tribes of Israel to build Me a house?” (vv.5-7). Then the Lord outlined what he had done for David over the years and added, “One of your descendants will build a house for Me and I will establish his throne and kingdom forever (vv. 12-14). David listened, thanked the Lord for being with him all those years, and said, “Let your name be magnified forever” (v. 26).
What is significant in this context is that the Lord through Nathan promises David a throne forever by putting it securely next to God’s throne in heaven. By this promise, God was not being selective. There was no favoritism here. Among David’s descendants would be the Promised One and through Him the time would come when Israel would have rest from all their enemies (v. 11). This promise of eternal rest included us (spiritual Israel) and is made available to us through the death of Jesus Christ. God promised that even when David dies He will raise (spiritual) descendants after him to carry on the legacy of the Word of God on earth to prepare for them a place in the Kingdom of Christ when they all will reign with Him together (v. 13-16).
David understood Nathan’s eschatology and he responded by going to the Tabernacle, “sitting” before the Lord, and praying. The whole prayer is recorded in verses 18-29. David knew that God was not just speaking about him or his children, for he said “for You have established for Yourself Your people Israel as Your own forever and You, O Lord, have become their God” (v. 24). There was no David favoritism, no ethnic blood promise. It was based on a spiritual relationship from Adam to the Second Coming of Christ. David is part of a heritage that came a long way and we who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior are included.
There is no difference in David’s prayer that his house must be established forever (v.25) and us praying that our house, all who worship God, may all enter heaven one day. David wished that he may be blessed so that his sons may continue “forever before You” (v. 29). David’s eschatology is a reflection Nathan’s eschatology and it does not differ from the eschatology of Jesus.
Thank you that all men on earth, no matter what race, color or blood, have a chance to become sons of God, sit on a throne forever with Christ in heaven and receive blessings in worship before You. We want to join the spiritual people of God that came from Adam and will stretch unto the Second Coming, just as David understood. Amen.
Koot van Wyk
Kyungpook National University
Sangju, South Korea