Family Bible Study lesson for Oct. 27: Promising a Righteous Ruler
October 11 2002 by John Tagliarini , 2 Samuel 7:8-16; Psalm 89:1-4; Isaiah 9:6-7

Family Bible Study lesson for Oct. 27: Promising a Righteous Ruler | Friday, Oct. 11, 2002

Friday, Oct. 11, 2002

Family Bible Study lesson for Oct. 27: Promising a Righteous Ruler

By John Tagliarini 2 Samuel 7:8-16; Psalm 89:1-4; Isaiah 9:6-7

The story of salvation began in God's heart before time was counted on any human calendar. World history is "His-story."

Early in Israelite history, God made it plain that the rule of David's throne would be more than a flash in the pan in the portrait studio of civilization. David's throne would be established by the reign of a great King, the Wonderful Counselor, and the Prince of Peace.

Three different passages are brought together in this lesson. The initial promise recounted God's good care of Israel and redirected David's intention to build God a temple (1 Sam. 7:8-16). The Psalm related continuing hope in God and questioned how long God would hide Himself from them (Ps. 89). The prophecy revealed the breadth of God's plan. These promises would be fulfilled in a worldwide, eternal arena of hope (Is. 9:6-7).

Jesus is the King who reigns forevermore. The vitality of our relationship with Christ keeps all this from being simply a clich�. Rather than a flash-pan burst of light, Jesus floods us with the glow of God's grace.

A promise to count on

(2 Samuel 7:8-16)

These verses emphasize God's past faithfulness and future plans. God elevated David from shepherd to king and protected David throughout his life. David needed to be reminded of these things. David had proposed to build a temple for God to dwell in. God redirected David's intentions by explaining His own divine plans.

The promises echoed the covenant that God entered with Abraham. God promised David a great name, a place for the people to call their own, and safety from oppressors. Then God personalized His covenant with David. Instead of David building a house for God, God would build David's house, not as a temporal palace, but that the throne would be established forever through David's son.

God furthered the commitment. "When he commits iniquity, I will correct him ... but My loving kindness shall not depart from him ..." (vs. 14-15).

Never imagine impunity from the justice of God, but always be aware of His greater purposes. As God judges sin, He works from the compulsion of redeeming love.

A reason to hope

(Psalm 89:1-4)

The psalmist spoke of his faith and of his dismay. He expressed faith that God's word would be fulfilled. He sang in dismay that God had turned from His people, even though God's rejection was a fulfillment of His word. "If his sons forsake My law ... Then I will punish their transgression ..." (Ps. 89:30-32).

Regardless of your sin and just punishment, the covenant will not be aborted by God. He remains faithful to His word to "... not break off My loving kindness from him, nor deal falsely in My faithfulness" (vs. 33). God's unswerving love allows us hope.

Too bad we often excuse our errant choices based on our misunderstanding of this love. God's love rebukes as completely as it redeems. God is as good (just) as He is loving!

A ruler to come

(Isaiah 9:6-7)

In Luke's gospel, the angel Gabriel told Mary, "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus ... and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end" (Luke 1:31-33).

That Isaiah's prophecy refers to Jesus as Messiah is not an issue in the New Testament. At issue is how the people in the first century received or failed to receive Jesus. How do we receive Him?

Complete fulfillment of this prophecy awaits the return of Christ. However, should not Christians live differently from persons who do not know the Wonderful Counselor? Why, if we know the Prince of Peace, do we pursue self-centered conflicts? How can Christians not strive to uphold justice and righteousness if that is exactly what Christ is doing and will complete in His return?

Isaiah said, "The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this" (Is. 9:7). The plan is for Spirit-filled Christians to be God's people to this end - that Christ will accomplish His work through us.

The ruler has come. Let us be ruled by Him!

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10/11/2002 12:00:00 AM by John Tagliarini , 2 Samuel 7:8-16; Psalm 89:1-4; Isaiah 9:6-7 | with 0 comments
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