As part of my 25 for 25 (25 devotionals leading up to 25 December), here is Day # 7: Not long after reading Ruth (Day 6), which talked about Obed being the grandfather of David, we are introduced to David (1 Samuel 16:13) and find the Messiah would be born from his lineage (2 Samuel 7:16). Let’s read it:
“‘And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.’”
Prophecy is such a crucial part of believing that Jesus was who He said He was. There are other things like His perfection, miracles, heralding from angels and the Father’s audible words from heaven, and we’ll talk about those, but now we’re going to be focused on prophesy for a while. Here in 2 Samuel 7:16 we find that God clearly had a plan around something more than an earthly kingdom being established through David. Let’s look at the fulfilment:
“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham” (Matthew 1:1).
I love that the book of Matthew gets right to it! As a book written for the Hebrews, Matthew needed to establish Jesus’ preeminence immediately. And what does that do for us 2,000 years later? It gives us comfort and assurance that what God prophesies comes to fruition and Jesus is who He said He was. How amazing that we get to partake in worshipping the Messiah who came in the lowly form of a human being from an imperfect but very specifically ordained lineage!