King David’s “Righteous Branch” (Part 1 of 4)

Jesus Christ, the Messiah, is God's Prophet, Priest, and King.  His Second Coming will be in "power and great glory," and He will return as the King!

December 12, 2020

"Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth."

Jeremiah 23:5

Part 1

Today:  What did God Promise to King David?

Through the Old Testament, the prophets show us that this coming Messiah, the coming Savior of Genesis, the new Prophet from Deuteronomy, will be the virgin-born son of God.  He will be Immanuel, “God with us,” from Isaiah, is none other than Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  This coming Messiah has three vital offices to perform.  That of Prophet, Priest, and King.  As the Prophet, He will proclaim God’s Words to mankind.  As the Priest, He will deal with man’s sin issues by shedding His own blood for our sin.  He is both the Priest and the Lamb for the sacrifice for sin.  And as the King, He will rule on David’s throne, in his lineage.

The throne of Israel was taken from unfaithful Saul and given to David.  He was selected as God was looking for “a man after His own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14).  David was that man.  Though not a perfect man, David was chosen by God because of his tremendous faith in Jehovah and his desire to see Him glorified.  In 2 Samuel 7, God’s promises to David are spoken to him as he is given the throne.  Here are the things God is promising to do through David’s reign and throne.

God will give His people safety and finish settling them into the land (2 Samuel 7:10)[1].

The “Seed of the woman” promised to Adam and Eve will be a descendant of Abraham and David through their lineage (2 Samuel 7:12).

God planned for David to build His House[2] for Him, and He will establish David’s throne eternally (2 Samuel 7:13).

God said He will be “David’s Father,” and David will be, “My son” (2 Samuel 7:14).

God’s mercy will never leave David’s line (2 Samuel 7:14-15; Isaiah 55:3 – “the sure mercies of David”).

God will establish David’s throne forever.  An eternal kingdom (2 Samuel 7:13-16).

God will allow David the privilege of seeing his throne established and his seed, his lineage, founded (2 Samuel 7:26).

Great blessings are in store for David and His lineage.  The godly line in the earth will be blessed because of Jehovah’s blessings on David.

In our verse, Jeremiah adds information to the Messiah’s prophecy, this great King who is coming.  Moses and Isaiah spoke primarily of Messiah’s first coming (as Prophet and Priest),[3] when the Christ-child is born to Mary in Bethlehem.  After Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, He will return to heaven to be with His Father.  At the same time, His disciples spread the Gospel around the world, make disciples, and teach and worship with believers in local churches everywhere His Name is preached and believed.  When He was leaving His disciples, Jesus promised to return so that His believers will be with Him forever.  In this verse, Jeremiah is mainly looking ahead to that second coming (the “far prophecy”) of the Messiah as He fulfills His promises to David.

Come back tomorrow as we begin to look at the specifics of this verse.

 

Quote:  “David knew that all the question marks of his life were in the hand of God.  He knew it was impossible to be in God’s hand and in the enemy’s hand at the same time.  The gloom begins to disappear, and fear departs as faith emerges in glorious triumph.  This man is rising out of his testing and adversity to learn to put his utter dependence on the Lord”[4] (Alan Redpath).

 

 

 

[1]  This has both a “near” and “far” fulfillment.  Israel was well established under David’s rule.  Still, their sin eventually had them cast out of the land during their captivities.  In the Millennium, this will be entirely fulfilled as Israel is under the Messiah’s rule.  He will be seated upon David’s Throne.
[2] Because of all the blood, David has shed as a “man of war” in defending Israel in the Land, God decides that David will not build His House.  He may gather the materials needed to prepare Solomon, his son, to build God’s House (1 Chronicles 28:2-3).  Though it is David’s Throne that is eternal.
[3] Jesus’ titles as Prophet, Priest, and King are relevant to His eternal names and roles.  In the Old Testament, we do generally see His coming in all three functions predicted.  In the New Testament, we see Him proclaiming His Father’s Word as the prophets have done.  We also see Him in His High-Priestly role as He suffers and dies for our sin, in our place.  And upon His second coming, we think of Him as the Conquering King on His white stallion, returning to earth to rule!  Although His comings’ prophecies are seen all through the Old Testament, we have not said much about Him being the coming King.  Both Jeremiah and Samuel tell us of His coming to rule.
[4] Redpath’s quote is from his book, The Making of a Man of God: Lessons from the Life of David.  Downloaded: Friday, December 11, 2020.  From: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/king-david.