22nd April 2008, mgh
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2) The Promise of a Saviour King
Before his death Jacob spoke to his sons and he made a significant statement about his son Judah. From the line of Judah a line of kings would emerge, as indicated by the use of the term 'sceptre'.
Judah, you art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father' children shall bow down before thee.
Judah is a lion' whelp: from the prey, my son, you are gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. (Genesis 49: 8-10)
The first king of the nation of Israel was Saul, of the tribe of Benjamin. He was succeeded by King David who was of the tribe of Judah and a kingly line was established from the tribe of Judah as predicted by Jacob. David also received the promise. The emphasis in this promise is on the 'seed' singular, who would sit on David's throne forever. The two passages from the Psalms below reinforce this promise.
And when your days be fulfilled, and you shall sleep with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, which shall proceed out of your bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.
He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.
I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:
But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before you.
And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before you: your throne shall be established for ever. (2 Samuel 7: 12-16)
My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me.
It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.( Psalm 89: 34-36)
It is established,
The LORD has sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of your body will I set upon your throne. (Psalm 132: 10-11)
The Prophets Believed the Promises calling the king 'Messiah'
The following quotations are only a few of the many places in the prophetical writings that identify a future King, of the seed of Abraham and David who will rule in righteousness on the earth.
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)
And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.
And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me. (Isaiah 65: 9-10)
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. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. (Jeremiah 23: 5-6)
In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.
In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness.
For thus saith the LORD; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel; (Jeremiah 33: 15- 17)
You will perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which you have sworn unto our fathers from the days of old. (Micah 7: 20)