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Precious Promises

1st August 2016, hej

 

19) The New Testament Promises

The themes of the promises made in the Old Testament to individuals continue in the New.

The term 'kingdom of God' first appears in the New Testament. But the New Testament is written in Greek, and the word God, Theos, Greek for Deity, is interchangeable for LORD in the Old. We find also the term 'kingdom of the Lord' is used, and this was used in the Old Testament.

The history of the Kingdom of the Lord

The kingdom of David and Solomon was the Kingdom of the Lord.

Of all my sons, the LORD... has chosen Solomon my son to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of the LORD over Israel. 1 Chronicles 28:5
Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD. 1 Chronicles 29:11
Huram said moreover, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, that made heaven and earth, who hath given to David the king a wise son, endued with prudence and understanding, that might build an house for the LORD, and an house for his (the LORD's) kingdom. 2 Chronicles 2:12

The Queen of Sheba says Solomon is sitting on the throne of the LORD.

Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in you to set you on his throne, to be king for the LORD thy God: because thy God loved Israel, to establish them for ever, therefore made he thee king over them, to do judgment and justice. 2 Chronicles 9:8

Hiram and the Queen of Sheba both acknowledge that the Kingdom at that time in Israel is Yahweh’s. It was at that time the Kingdom of God.

Abijah royal line of David calls his kingdom 'the Kingdom the LORD'.

And now ye think to withstand the kingdom of the LORD in the hand of the sons of David; and ye be a great multitude, and there are with you golden calves, which Jeroboam made you for gods. 2 Chronicles 13:8

The promise of the kingdom of the LORD

In the Prophecy of Immanuel (which Christians are happy to apply to Jesus) which was given at the time of Hezekiah, the throne of David is called the throne of the Kingdom.

Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:7

This is a promise. A promise with the word 'forever' in it. The promise to David was given here again through Isaiah to Israel, with more detail.

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