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God’s Everlasting Covenants
Dr. Randy White

"Yet the Lord was not willing to destroy the house of David because of the covenant which He had made with David, and since He had promised to give a lamp to him and his sons forever." (2 Chronicles 21:7, NASB95)

Christians today can rejoice in three covenants of God:  the one made with Abraham, the one made with Moses, and the one made with David.  In this verse of scripture, the nation of Judah is spared from God’s wrath over a wicked King because of the covenant which God had made with David.

In 2 Samuel 7:10-16 God promises David that his descendent “will build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of His Kingdom forever.  I will be His Father and He shall be my Son.”  Several passages in the New Testament (including Acts 2:30-31) declare that this Descendent is Jesus Christ Himself.  Augustine said, “He who thinks that this grand promise was fulfilled in Solomon greatly errs.”

This “Davidic Covenant” was clearly understood by David himself.  In Psalm 89 David outlines his belief in this promise.  In verse 29 he recites God’s word, “I will establish his Seed forever.”  Then, in verse 30-32, “If his sons forsake my law…I will punish their transgression.”  Yet in spite of this, “My covenant I will not violate” (v. 34).  Having predicted the fall of his own Kingdom due to the transgressions of Israel, David then predicted that the Jews would reject the Promised One Himself, “You have profaned his crown in the dust…You have shortened the days of his youth; You have covered him with shame” (v. 38-45). 

David then cries out, “How long, O Lord?  Will you hide Yourself forever?” (v. 46).  David asks the Lord to “remember the reproach of Your servants” (v. 50). 

David was promised a Seed that would establish his throne forever.  David held to that promise, though he foresaw a day when his own people would turn from faithfulness and be punished, and that when that Seed came, they would cast his crown in the dust and cut off His life in His youth. Yet, David knew that the Kingdom would be established, that God will be true to His Word.

And our prayer… “Thy Kingdom come!”

In His Grace,
Dr. Randy White

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