“Your name will be magnified forever”
It feels as if we could fill a book with the thoughts that arise from our three chapters today! However, 2 Samuel 7 is surely the most heart-warming and challenging!
David, now king and reigning from Jerusalem, decides he should build a house, that is, a Temple for his God, the only real God, to dwell in – instead of “a tent” – which we usually call “the tabernacle” (verse 2).
“But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan,
‘Go and tell my servant David …’” (verses 4,5).
And what God tells Nathan, when related to David, overwhelms him!
The message is,
“When your days are fulfilled … I will raise up your offspring after you … and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son … and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever” (verse 12-14,16).
This “house” is a line of descent – like in the UK, they speak of ‘The house of Windsor’.
The Gospels repeatedly describe Jesus as “the son of David” – look at how many times we have seen this in our Matthew readings this week (20:30,31; 21:9,15; 22:42). Those who knew the wondrous promise to David would see the full significance of calling Jesus this!
David’s awed response as he “went in and sat before the LORD” was
“Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house … You have spoken also of your servant’s house for a great while to come, and this is instruction for mankind, O Lord GOD!” (verses 18,19).
He then declares,
“And your name will be magnified forever” (verse 26).
It is instruction and illumination to the minds of those who seek to know, believe and understand the plans and purpose of God by diligently reading his word: it “is instruction” for you and I!
And how close are we now to the overwhelmingly wondrous fulfilment of this awe inspiring promise? Matthew 23 ends with the lament of Jesus.
“O Jerusalem … your house (Temple) is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say,
‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”
And then his “name will be magnified forever”. How awe-inspiring! It is far beyond our present comprehension. But it challenges us to meditate on this as deeply as we can.