The Son of David
Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-17
As the Scriptures reveal more details about Eve’s promised Offspring, the focus narrows from the tribe of Judah to the house of David.
King David, a man after God’s own heart, had it in his heart to build a house for God, a temple. Instead, God would make a house for David, a dynasty.
2 Samuel 7:11 (ESV) — …Moreover, the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house.
The promised Offspring would be a “son of David.” A many times great grandson of David.
2 Samuel 7:12–14 (ESV) — When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son…
This promised Offspring is immediately identified as the New Testament opens:
Matthew 1:1 (ESV) — The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Of this future Son of David, God promised David three things:
- God would establish his kingdom (2 Samuel 7:12). With the coming of Jesus, the Christ’s kingdom is at work among us (Matthew 12:28).
- This Son of David would build a house for God’s name (2 Samuel 7:13). We have become a holy temple in the Lord, a dwelling place of God by the Spirit (Ephesians 2:20-22).
- God would be a father to him, and he would be a son (2 Samuel 7:14). The New Testament universally points to Jesus Christ, the promised Offspring, as not only the Son of David, but also as the Son of God (Mark 1:1; John 20:31; Acts 9:20; Hebrews 1:5; Matthew 27:43; Luke 1:32; 22:70).
Luke 1:32–33 (ESV) — He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”