The Seed of David
(the third mountain peek of prophecy)
The people of Israel chose a king to rule over them because they desired to be like the other nations. In time God rejected their choice of a king and God choose David to sit on the throne over Israel. God gave a great promise to King David found in II Samuel 7:12-13. “… I will set up thy seed…I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.”
David’s son Solomon succeeded David upon the throne, yet he was not that chosen promised king. The last of Solomon’s line to reign was Coniah and he was rejected forever. Christ was born of the line of Nathan, another son of David, Luke 3:31. Through the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, God brought forth the Redeemer, who was the Seed of the woman, the Seed of David, whose kingdom shall be established forever, and the Seed of Abraham through whom all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.
We read in II Samuel 7 that David wanted to build a temple for God and make the plans. But Nathan, the prophet came to him with a message from God that David could not build the temple, but his seed would.
II Samuel 7:8-11, “Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel: And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth. Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime, And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an house.”
This had a partial fulfillment. All prophecy had a partial fulfillment and a later fulfillment. God made sure that there was a local fulfillment, for He had said, the proof of a prophet is that his prophecy is fulfilled. But they have a greater fulfillment yet to come. Notice verse 10, Israel has never come into this. They never put out all of the heathen out of the land. In the books of Joshua and Judges it says, “They dwelt among the heathen” (the Ammorites, the Canannites, etc.). They have never had this established place. But when Jesus comes and reigns, they will never move again and the children of wickedness will never afflict them again.
II Samuel 7:12-13, “And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy 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.”
This could only be done in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the fulfillment of this prophecy. Actually Jesus was a direct descendent from David, by two lineages. Matthew chapter one give the lineage of Jesus through Joseph. Luke chapter three gives the genealogy of Jesus through Mary. The line of Joseph was cut off about 606 B. C. From that time on there was no more kings dwelling on the throne, in God’s order. But if they had not gone into Babylonia captivity, Joseph would have been sitting on the throne of Judah as king.
Some thank Solomon is the fulfillment of this prophecy. But this is not so because Solomon’s line ended. So we go to Mary’s lineage and it is through another son of David, we hardly even read of Nathan in Scripture. So, Jesus is the fulfillment of the Seed of David and when He reigns, His reign will be forever. Biographies also call Jesus the Son of David, truly He is. Revelation 22:16, “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.”
II Sam. 7:14-15, “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…”. Some might think this couldn’t be Christ because He never committed iniquity. But in this sense He was found guilty of our iniquity; He bore in His own body our guilt. We were the ones who committed iniquity, but Jesus took it upon Him. He was our substitute. He was chastised with the rod of men and with the stripes of the children of men – Isaiah 53.
All is fulfilled up to this point, but the house and the established kingdom has not been fulfilled yet. It will be when Jesus Christ comes to set up His kingdom on the earth. II Samuel 7:16, “And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.”