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Today’s Bible Reading:

1 Kings 12:20–13:34
Acts 9:26-43
Psalm 132:1-18
Proverbs 17:6

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Psalm 132:11-12 (NLT): “The Lord swore an oath to David with a promise he will never take back: ‘I will place one of your descendants on your throne. If your descendants obey the terms of my covenant and the laws that I teach them, then your royal line will continue forever and ever.’”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

The verses that I have chosen for today convey God’s desire. Actually, they are written as a promise.

God said that if David and his descendants lived in complete obedience to God’s laws, then the royal line of David would continue to sit on Jerusalem’s throne forever.

Well, it doesn’t take a Bible scholar to realize that Israel is currently led by a Prime Minister and not a king. David’s descendant isn’t currently reigning on Israel’s throne. In fact, there is no throne.

So, when we read Psalm 132:11-12 carefully, we realize that it is a conditional promise. There were certain stipulations. If David and his descendants did their part, then God would be obligated to do His part. But, since David and his descendants did not do their part (they were disobedient to God’s commands), God was not obligated to put one of David’s descendants on his throne forever.

But God did anyway!

This is the nature of a gracious God!

He gives us good things even when we fail miserably to hold up our end of the bargain.

Even though David fell into horrible sin and his royal descendants continued to disobey God’s commands, David’s decedent will reign forever. God sent His Son, Jesus, born of the virgin Mary (a descendant of David – see Matthew 1:1-17 & Luke 3:23-38) to be the King of kings who would rule forever. The future Heaven that the righteous will enjoy includes a “New Jerusalem” (Revelation 21:1-2) and a throne upon which Jesus will reign.

So, the conditional promise in Psalm 132 was violated by men but graciously fulfilled by a loving God.

Friend, God is still the same. You will fail Him. You will sin against Him. You will stumble and fall … daily. But, if you have been saved, you have already been a recipient of His grace. And His grace toward you continues. Even when you fail, He is faithful. 

So, rest in His grace and faithfulness today.

Matt Ellis is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Polk City, Florida (fbcpolkcity.com). His latest book is God’s Grace in the Real World. Connect with him on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.

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