"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path". Ps 119:105
THE PROMISES OF GOD - 2
God promised Abraham that in him and his seed (descendant) all families of the earth would be blessed. Study 6 showed that the one descendant who would bring blessing to the earth was Jesus. This is the subject of clear teaching in the New Testament (Galatians 3 v 16).
Abraham is used as an example of faith, and we are told that if we want to show our faith we must live our lives as Abraham did, trusting God and being obedient to His will.
The nation of Israel who descended from Abraham were slaves in Egypt. They were led out of Egypt by Moses after ten terrible plagues had forced the Egyptians to recognize that there was a God in heaven who was in control of world affairs. The Book of Exodus (the name means 'departure') tells us about these events.
At last the nation of Israel settled in the land of Canaan where Abraham had lived. Their first king was Saul, and the second was David, who wrote many of the Psalms.
The Promise to David
In the Psalms David says that God had made a special promise to him. 'The Lord hath sworn in truth unto David, he will not turn from it. Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne' (Psalm 132 v 11).
David, when his kingdom was established and the nation was at peace, wanted to build a temple or a house of worship for God. The prophet Nathan was sent to David to tell him that although God did not want him to build a house, God would establish David's royal house, and one in his royal line would rule over his kingdom for ever:
There are three important points in these verses:
The Teaching of the Prophets
The same points are emphasized throughout the Bible. Read the following passage from the book of the prophet Isaiah which is often quoted at Christmas time and see the same three points.
The same points are stressed:
Jesus Was the One Promised
There is no doubt as to who the great king in the line of David will be.
Notice the same three points again:
Later in the same chapter Luke records a wonderful song of rejoicing in which Mary praised God for His promises. A remarkable feature of it is that although the angel told Mary that the child would be born to fulfill the promise God made to David, Mary thanked God for the promise that He had made to Abraham. She must have realized by her understanding of the purpose of God that both of these promises would be fulfilled in the same individual:
There can be no doubt that the kingdom which Jesus came to proclaim was a real kingdom on the earth. He would be the king and his followers would also have positions of rulership. Jesus told his disciples 'When the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel' (Matthew 19 v 28).
It was the purpose of God in the beginning to fill the earth with His glory and with peace:
This will happen when Jesus returns to the earth as King.
One of the main points that Peter made in his address on the Day of Pentecost was that Jesus was the great descendant of David that God had promised. Peter referred to the Psalm we have already quoted to show that David looked forward to the establishment of the Kingdom with Christ as king:
The apostle also explained that the resurrection of Jesus was a sure sign that the promise God had made to David would be fulfilled. 'This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses' (Acts 2 v 32).
Peter said that David understood that the time would come when the Almighty would say to the Lord Jesus Christ, 'Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thy foes thy footstool.' The apostle then said, 'Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ' (Acts 2 v 34-36).
Paul summed up the wonderful hope which the Bible offers when he was speaking to the people of Athens:
To get to know God's word properly we need to read the Bible for ourselves.
Study 7 Questions
These are for you to answer for yourself if you wish, or you can note the correct answer to each question and send via email to: Bible Light Please give the number of the study that you are sending the answers for.