Focal passages: 2 Samuel 7:8-21
“God is rarely early, but He’s never late,” my former pastor in Oklahoma used to say. In the scope of your personal life, waiting for an expected event or action can sometimes feel like an eternity.
In the scope of Israel’s national history, they literally waited centuries for God’s promises to be fulfilled. God promised to establish a descendant of David as leader of His people (2 Samuel 7:16). This promised eternal throne was part of a plan set in motion from the very beginning of the Scriptures, with every generation longing to see the King of Kings rule on earth in their lifetime.
David, in his zeal, wanted to build the Lord a house in Jerusalem, because God had richly blessed him and the people with rest, protection and a permanent home (7:8-11). Israel’s earthly king thankfully reflected on all God’s provisions, and wanted to honor Him by building a wonderful temple to His praise.
The answer the Lord gave David through the prophet Nathan can be summed up as “Wait. Not you, but another who will come after you will build a house for my Name.”
Nathan delivered a promise from God that David’s son would not only build the temple, but also that he would rule forever (7:11-17). Of course, Solomon is the immediate heir to David’s throne, who we know succeeds in building the temple and overseeing a period of prosperity in Israel’s history. We also know Solomon as the one who would do wrong and endure the rod of his loving Father. It is apparent then that God’s promises of a Savior would be preceded, but not fulfilled, by these great men. Christians today believe the prophecies foretold and rejoice that the Son of David rules over us. We long for that day when Jesus descends from heaven to earth on His eternal throne to make His dwelling with men.