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Introduction                          Promises
          The New Testament commences with      Having  recounted  past  blessings,
        the statement that Jesus Christ is “the   God made a promise about the future
        son of David, the son of Abraham” (Mat   of David and his “house” – “he will
        1:1). Abraham was the patriarch to whom   make thee a house” (v11b). This was
        God first promised the land of Canaan   huge compensation after the crushing
        (Gen 15:7), and David was the man to   disappointment of being denied the
        whom God promised the throne of Israel,   privilege of building the temple.
        with a dynasty destined to succeed him   Obviously, the usage of the word “house”
        (1Ch 17:11). A descendant of David    does not relate to a material structure,
        and Abraham,  our  Lord  Jesus  Christ   for chapter 5:11 recounts details of the
        will be given “the throne of his father   building of David’s luxurious house in that
        David” (Luk 1:32). He will be universally   physical sense, and our chapter finds him
        supreme, but in particular, He will reign   comfortably settled there. So the English
        over His people Israel. By that time,   word “dynasty” would better convey the
        they will be resettled in their land, with   sense of what is being promised; David
        its territory extending to the frontiers   would head a dynasty that would run
        promised to Abraham centuries ago. The   forever, for the One who “shall reign over
        Throne and the Land are His.          the house of Jacob for ever” (Luk 1:33) is
        Background                            “of the seed of David according to the
          The background to the Davidic       flesh” (Rom 1:3). This usage of the word
        Covenant is found in the early verses of   “house” meaning family or household is
        2 Samuel 7, with its parallel passage, 1   fairly common in the Bible, and indeed
        Chronicles 17. David had hinted to Nathan   there was another occasion when God
        that he was keen to provide a permanent   granted a family line as a reward: of
        structure to house the Ark, and without   faithful midwives Scripture says, “[God]
        consulting heaven, the prophet gave the   made them houses” (Exo 1:21).
        go-ahead. That night God instructed him   A settled posterity was of considerable
        to reverse the faulty advice. He relayed   importance to people in ancient times.
        that revelation to David verbatim (2Sa   For example, Jonathan elicited a promise
        7:17), and enshrined in it are the details of   from David, under oath, that even after
        God’s covenant with him. Before outlining   his decease David would never eliminate
        the covenant, God gave a résumé of His   his family (1Sa 20:14-17). He kept that
        dealings with David, recounting His   promise right to the end of his reign (2Sa
        choice of him as king and His presence   21:7).
        with him in giving him victory and fame.   Initially, the promise of “an house”
        The continued security of Israel in the   for David takes in the next generation:
        land was also assured (vv8-11a). While   “I will set up thy seed after thee” (2Sa
        this is in the preamble to the covenant, it is   7:12). Then the promise is extended at
        crucial, because in the ultimate fulfillment   verse 16: “thine house and thy kingdom
        of God’s promise, the Messiah will rule in   shall be established for ever before thee”
        an environment where peace will pervade   (KJV). Hence David’s response to the Lord:
        every sphere of life. He is King of Salem,   “thou hast spoken also of thy servant’s
        King of Peace.                        house for a great while to come” (v19

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