December 13: Jesus is the Sin-Bearing King

2 Samuel 7:12-16

“The Lord declares to you: The Lord himself will make a house for you. When your time comes and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up after you your descendant, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will discipline him with a rod of men and blows from mortals. But my faithful love will never leave him as it did when I removed it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Your house and kingdom will endure before me forever, and your throne will be established forever.”

We have already looked at how Jesus fulfilled the Abrahamic Covenant, but today’s passage looks at another Covenant that He fulfills, the Davidic Covenant. Like Abraham, King David was given a promise about the success of his offspring.  However, the promise that God gives David is one that he will not see in his lifetime, it will not happen until his “days are fulfilled” and he has been buried. God promises to make this future offspring a King on David’s throne. David’s family will become a dynasty, unlike Saul’s before him. The line of David is God’s chosen seed and the love of God will not leave this line. More than being the offspring of David, this future King will also be a son to God with God being a father to Him. But this promise is not all good news; God says that this offspring of David’s will be punished by God for sin and that it will come through the beatings of men.

It is hard not to see these statements without thinking of Jesus. The Christmas narrative of Luke explains explicitly that Jesus in an heir of David, and the testimony of Micah’s prophecy shows us that the special birth of Jesus signifies His Kingship. But those are not the most interesting aspects of this prophecy, are they? If this is about Jesus, why does it say “When he does wrong…”? What is even more interesting, these words of the prophet Nathan are recorded in 1 Chronicles 17: 11-15 and those words are left out. So what do we do? We know that Jesus is sinless, how can it be said of him that He commits iniquity? I think it is better understood as a non-literal remark. The family of Hebrew words that is translated “does” doesn’t necessarily require that the one being punished for the guilt be the one responsible for the iniquity.

As the King over God’s people, Jesus is responsible for them, and in the greatest act of love and humility, He takes the guilt of our sin and is disciplined by God through the beatings of sinful men. The Father pours out His wrath against His people’s sin onto His Son, but He does with a promise; His love will not be removed. Even as the Father forsakes Jesus on the cross, this promise is still true and is proven to be true three days later when King Jesus is resurrected from the dead and takes His place on the throne that the Father has prepared for Him.

Our King is alive! He will reign forever because He will live forever. So praise him today with me, “Long Live King Jesus!”

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