Son of David

Michelangelo's David Statue, Italian Art Symbol

There are more connections between Jesus and David than being a distant descendant born in the same city as David. Even many unchurched people know the basics of the story of David and Goliath but there is so much more to his story.

David was a young lad who watched over the sheep.  He took the job very seriously. Sometimes wild animals would try to attack his flock. Even though he was young, he did not run, nor did he let the lion or the bear have the sheep.  He attacked the lion and the bear to defend his sheep.  The sheep were more important to him than a risk to his own life. When Jesus calls Himself the Good Shepherd, David and his heroics should come to mind.

King Saul was the first king over Israel but his heart was not fully with the Lord.  He would adapt God’s orders to what he wanted to do. In a crisis he relied on himself instead of the Lord.  So God ended up taking the kingship away from Saul and giving it David.  Now Saul was still alive and king but the blessing had left him.  This compares to the time of transition between the Old Covenant which people were fulfilling imperfectly and the New Covenant of Jesus which had yet to be brought to fulfillment.

The Philistines attacked Israel. Their leader was a man named Goliath who was giant man. All of Israel, including David’s older brothers were afraid of him.  When David was sent by his father to bring his brothers food he heard Goliath’s insults and taunts. David was very angry for the sake of the Lord. So he went to Saul and begged him to let him fight.  The Lord, who had delivered over to him lions and bears, would defeat Goliath as well. He refused any armor taking with him only a slingshot and five stones. David sais to Goliath, “I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel whom you have defied.” David defeated Goliath with the name of the Lord, the stone was the instrument that brought it about. In the same way, Jesus went into the desert and took on Satan one-on-one.  He defeated Satan using nothing but the word of God.

David went about fighting the Philistines throughout the land.  When Saul saw that David was more popular than he was. He got very jealous and tried to kill him.  Jesus went throughout the land curing people of their diseases and casting out demons.  When the religious authorities of the day saw that Jesus was becoming popular with the people.  They tried to discredit him and kill him.

David had a group of loyal men who followed him around throughout the countryside fighting his battles for Israel.  They correspond to Jesus’ apostles and disciples who shared in His work.

David became king and made his capital Jerusalem. It was there is Jesus was dressed in purple and crowned with thorns.  He was presented to the people as the King of the Jews and they rejected him.

There came a time when during David’s kingship when he was betrayed by his own son. As he left Jerusalem, David went to the Garden of Olives.  There he wept and prayed to God.  Jesus too was betrayed by one of his apostles.  It was there in the same Garden of Olives where He wept and prayed. God allowed David to escape and later return to Israel to rule again after his enemies were defeated.  God allowed Jesus to be captured in that garden. He too will come again to rule forever!

#Son of David #David and Goliath #trcot #tcot

For more on David read 1 Sam. 16- 2 Sam 24

 

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City of David

Chistmas Stable In Bethlehem
A nativity scene of christs birth in bethlehem with the isolated run down stable being lit by a bright star on a dark blue sky background

The original prophecy regarding a coming redeemer goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden.  When Adam and Eve were receiving the consequences of their sins, God also cursed the serpent.  He said that woman and her seed would crush the serpent’s head.

Later on the prophecy became more in focus with God’s promise to David that from his body shall come forth a king that will rule forever. That God would be a father to him, and he would be his son.

Isaiah had prophesied that a virgin would conceive a child and would call his name Immanuel.  Finally, the place where the Messiah was to be born was prophesied by Micah – a small town of Bethlehem. David’s home when he was a child.

People wonder how much did Mary and Joseph know.  They knew. Gabriel had told Mary that her son Jesus would be great and will be called Son of the Most High; and the Lord will give to him the throne of his father David. Those words tie directly into God’s promise to David.

Joseph in his dream was called Joseph, son of David. He was not called Joseph son of Jacob who was his actual father but David.  Joseph heard that and knew that the promised line was through him. He was then told that Mary was virgin and had conceived through the Holy Spirit.  He knew.

They did not try to fulfill that last part of the prophecies on their own part.  They waited on the Lord, and it was Rome that sent them to Bethlehem.  They knew that Jesus would be born there.

When the Three Kings asked where the Messiah was to be born.  The scribes knew it was Bethlehem.  God through his Holy Spirit was fulfilling all those prophecies right before Mary and Joseph’s eyes.  They might not have understood why it had to be in a stable, but they knew their son was the promised Messiah.

#trcot #tcot #City of David #Bethlehem

Referenced scriptures

Gen. 3:15,  2 Sam. 7:12-16, Isa 7:14 Micah 5:1-4

 

Son of Adam, Son of God

The Creation of Adam

When we are conceived we get things from our parents.  It could be our hair color or our sense of humor.  They got their traits from their parents.  While we are uniquely ourselves, we are also made up of millions of our ancestors who have all contributed something.  I recently read that every blue-eyed person can trace that trait back to a single common ancestor.

There are two different genealogies for Jesus in the Bible.  Matthew’s starts with Abraham and comes down through the kingly line of David until we come to Joseph and finally Jesus.  This is thought to be Joseph’s genealogy.  It is meant to show that this is the promised son of David that would sit upon his father’s throne. Another day we can show how Jesus fulfilled that promise.

The other genealogy is in the gospel of Luke.  It starts with Jesus and ends with Adam, son of God. Once you  get past David and the patriarchs just about everyone is obscure.  Some think this is the genealogy of Mary.

Every one of those people contributed something to who Jesus is.  They are just names to us. To God,He knew every hair that was on their heads. He knew their struggles, their triumphs, and their tears.  Nobody is a nobody to God.

Some of the most boring stretches of the Bible are the long genealogies, but they are just a foretaste of the Book of Life in heaven.  Someday in heaven we will meet Salmon, Serug, and Addi.  We shall know them as God knew them. St. Paul says, “Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully even as I have been fully understood.”

The Church has gone forward through the centuries not just on the backs of great saints although they have contributed greatly.  It has been moved forward by nobodies in the world’s eyes. They went to church and kept the faith, through great and small difficulties,  We don’t know our genealogy of faith.  We know it started with Jesus, went through at least one of the Apostles, until it came to our parents or whoever evangelized us. Now the faith is entrusted to us.  We owe our ancestors in faith a debt of gratitude, and if they are still in purgatory we owe them our prayers.  Our faith would not be here except for them.

#genealogy of Jesus #trcot #tcot #Adam

 

How to Greet a King

Antwerp - The Visitation of Virgin Mary to Elizabeth by Francken
ANTWERP, BELGIUM – SEPTEMBER 5, 2013: The Visitation of Virgin Mary to Elizabeth by Frans Francken (1581 – 1642) in Saint Pauls church (Paulskerk)

Today’s post will discuss Elizabeth’s greeting to Mary, but we have a couple of biblical stops along the way until we get to her.  First we have to go way back to the first Son of David to assume the throne, Solomon!

David had promised the throne to his son Solomon, but the oldest son Adonijah thought it should go to him.  David was old and frail, so Adonijah tried to pull a fast one.  He gathered his followers among the priests, the military and all of the other sons of David and held a large feast to celebrate his becoming King.  Only Bathsheba Solomon’s mother, Zadok the high priest, Nathan the prophet  and a servant named Benaiah remained loyal to David and Solomon.  They warned David as to what was happening.

This is what David decided to do: Solomon was to ride the King David’s ass, and enter the city with David, the high priest Zadok, and the prophet Nathan who would proclaim Solomon King.  The whole city broke out in a tumult of celebration. David bowed himself upon his bed and proclaimed, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who has granted one of my offspring to sit on the throne this day, my own eyes seeing it..”

This scene should sound very familiar to you, because it is similar to Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.  This entry was really about the Messiah, the Promised Son of David coming to Jerusalem to be crowned. Only we know it was a crown of thorns not the earthly crown He was after.  Listen to what the people cried out. “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” This was the way you greeted a king.

After Solomon became king he set up a throne for his mother beside him. Thereafter in Judah, the queen mothers would sit beside their sons as queens and intercede for the people.  Unless it was something detrimental to his own throne, the king would refuse his mother nothing.  It was a very powerful position.

Now we can finally listen to Elizabeth’s prophetic words:

And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the child leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

The Son of David and His mother had arrived.  The world didn’t know it but the Holy Spirit allowed for a proper greeting for the new king.  The people to greet Him and proclaim Him “my Lord” with Mary being “Mother of my Lord” were the prophet Elizabeth and the priestly John celebrating within her womb.

Oh that we would greet the Lord in that way.  Shouting blessings and being filled with joy. It doesn’t have to be every time or every day.  Being reverent is important too but sometimes we should greet Him in a manner worthy of a King. Those in the Catholic Charismatic movement excel at this.

Referenced Scriptures 1 Kings 1-2;19, Luke 19:28-40, Luke 1

#Elizabeth’s greeting #Visitation #trcot #tcot #Solomon #Son of David #Mary

Was the Visitation Part of God’s Plan to Restore Israel?

Antwerp - The Visitation of Virgin Mary to Elizabeth by Francken
ANTWERP, BELGIUM – SEPTEMBER 5, 2013: The Visitation of Virgin Mary to Elizabeth by Frans Francken (1581 – 1642) in Saint Pauls church (Paulskerk)

What had made Israel a holy nation during the rule of Kings David and Solomon were four things: the Ark of the Covenant, the Temple, the Aaronic priesthood, and the kingly line of David. By the time Jesus was conceived, the Ark of the Covenant had been lost around the time of the Exile, the Temple had been destroyed, rebuilt, and then desecrated by the Greeks and later Pompeii. The high priesthood had become a political appointment and King Herod who wasn’t even Jewish ruled Israel for the Romans.

When the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary, God restored the Ark of the Covenant to Israel.  Instead of the Ten Commandments, Mary held within her the Word of God made flesh.  Instead of manna, she had the Bread of Life, and instead of the Aaron’s rod, she held the Eternal High Priest.

When Mary went to the house of Zechariah, she was visiting the priestly descendants of Aaron.  Both Zechariah and Elizabeth had descended from him.  Then the Holy Spirit fell upon John.  He would fulfill the role of his forefather Aaron by assisting Jesus, the new Moses, in freeing Israel from its slavery to sin.  The Visitation restored the Aaronic priesthood to Israel.

The Nativity restored the kingship of David and the Presentation returned the presence of God to the Temple. Before Jesus was even two months old, He had restored everything to Israel that made it holy.

When Jesus died the high priests had offered up the spotless lamb fulfilling their duties while betraying their God.  They had rejected the Son of David as King over Israel instead naming Caesar as their king.  The temple of Christ’s body was destroyed and the new ark of the covenant was a tomb.

Then came the Resurrection and the tomb was opened. The two angels that had adorned the top of the original one were now real and sitting on either end of the slab.  Their news was that the one you are seeking is not here but has risen from the dead.  The Ark was empty. Now, there are no containers separating us from our God!

Next, Jesus sent Mary Magdalene, not a pure virgin but a redeemed sinner, to the priests of the New Covenant–the Apostles.  The Ascension restored the eternal kingship of the Son of David and Pentecost created the new Temple using believers as living stones.  Jesus restored all things, fulfilled all things, then brought them to their eternal purposes.

#Visitation #Mary #Ark of the Covenant #Ark of the New Covenant #High Priesthood #Temple #trcot #tcot