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Feb25WedFebruary 25, 2015As we think about obeying the charge and taking back the land this verse continues to set the foundation. Matthew 1:1 “This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham.” In Jesus Christ we have immeasurable hope based on the promises given to these two men. Today we will look at the covenant with David. This little verse about genealogy tells the world that Jesus is the fulfilment of the promises. 2 Corinthians 1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” Today we look at David. Jeremiah 33:14 “The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfil the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah. 15“ ‘In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land. 16 In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which it will be called: The Lord Our Righteous Saviour.’ 17 For this is what the Lord says: ‘David will never fail to have a man to sit on the throne of Israel, 18 nor will the Levitical priests ever fail to have a man to stand before me continually to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings and to present sacrifices.’ ” 19 The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: 20 “This is what the Lord says: ‘If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time, 21 then my covenant with David my servant—and my covenant with the Levites who are priests ministering before me—can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne. 22 I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before me as countless as the stars in the sky and as measureless as the sand on the seashore.” This last verse is the same promise as given to Abraham. This is why we can take back the land.A long time before David took the throne as King, he was anointed by Samuel. Saul had disobeyed and lost his kingdom. 1 Samuel 13:13 “You (Saul) have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. 14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.” Samuel then anoints David as King. 1 Samuel 16:12 “Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.” 13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David.” Saul then died in battle and they came together and anointed David as King. 2 Samuel 5 “the Lord said to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.” “David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.” In 2 Samuel 7 David is told 16 “Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.” Part of the charge David gave to Solomon was 1 Kings 2 ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.” Our victory depends on our obedience. 2 Samuel 23:5 “If my house were not right with God, surely he would not have made with me an everlasting covenant, arranged and secured in every part; surely he would not bring to fruition my salvation and grant me my every desire.David was amazed by this promise, as we should be. He said in 2 Samuel 7:18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said: “Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 19 And as if this were not enough in your sight, Sovereign Lord, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant—and this decree, Sovereign Lord, is for a mere human! 20 “What more can David say to you? For you know your servant, Sovereign Lord. 21 For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant. 22 “How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you.”We can say with Solomon 1 Kings 8:22 “Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way. 24 You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it—as it is today. 25 “Now Lord, the God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father the promises you made to him when you said, ‘You shall never fail to have a successor to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your descendants are careful in all they do to walk before me faithfully as you have done.’ 26 And now, God of Israel, let your word that you promised your servant David my father come true. 1 Kings 8:14 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who with his own hand has fulfilled what he promised with his own mouth to my father David.” So we join with the blind men saying have mercy on us Son of David. What great news this is as Jesus is the fulfilment of the promise but it does not stop there. Jesus has given us great authority to continue in the way of David. Like Josiah 2 Kings 22:2 He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and followed completely the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.” In order for this to continue we must be obedient to the word of God and follow wholeheartedly. When we do, like 1 Chronicles 11:9 David became more and more powerful, because the Lord Almighty was with him, we also will and take back the land. Since the we cannot break God’s covenant with the day and his covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time, we know we serve an everlasting God who always fulfils his promises. Jesus is the fulfilment of the promise; the son of David, the son of Abraham. God is with us!