11 When your days are over and you go to be with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He is the one who will build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. 13 I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will never take my love away from him, as I took it away from your predecessor. 14 I will set him over my house and my kingdom forever; his throne will be established forever.'” 

    15 Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation.

1 Chronicles 17:11-15 (NIV)

God promised to bless David, but his blessings weren’t to stop there. One of his sons would build the house that David wanted to build. This refers to Solomon who would build the glorious Solomon’s Temple that is often spoken of in Scripture. Yet the blessings still didn’t stop there as this prophesy wasn’t only speaking of Solomon and his temple, but of Jesus who was also a descendent of David. Jesus is the Son whose throne would be established forever. Jesus is the one who God set over his house and kingdom forever.

How blessed we are to have the whole story today. David heard these words as Nathan spoke them to him and could only wonder what they all meant.

Father God, thank you for the gift of your Word which reveals your Son to us, even through the words of the prophets who couldn’t fully understand them at the time they spoke them. We thank you for their faithfulness to you in speaking words given to them by your divine guidance. Continue to bless us through your Holy Spirit that we may receive the messages you hold for us in your Word, the Holy Bible.

Copyright © 2008 by Janice Green

Scripture quoted by permission. Quotations designated (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.

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