Advent Devotion for December 13
In lighting the candle, the candle lighter says: “Your throne will be secure forever.”
SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 7:11-16
“‘Furthermore, the Lord declares that he will make a house for you—a dynasty of kings! 12 For when you die and are buried with your ancestors, I will raise up one of your descendants, your own offspring, and I will make his kingdom strong. 13 He is the one who will build a house—a temple—for my name. And I will secure his royal throne forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. If he sins, I will correct and discipline him with the rod, like any father would do.15 But my favor will not be taken from him as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from your sight. 16 Your house and your kingdom will continue before me for all time, and your throne will be secure forever.’”
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 1:1
1 This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of David and of Abraham:
SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 1:8-9
“Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever.
You rule with a scepter of justice.
You love justice and hate evil.
Therefore, O God, your God has anointed you,
pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.”
SOME THOUGHTS: King David had come to the place of relative peace and quiet in his kingdom. He had in his heart to build a permanent Temple for the worship of God. But God chose David’s son, Solomon, to succeed him as king and declared that Solomon would be the one to build the Temple since David was a warrior and had shed much blood. At the same time, God continued to unfold his plan of redemption by making a covenant with David that there would never fail to be a ruler from his family. His throne would be eternal. You recall the covenant God made with Abraham that all nations would be blessed through his seed. Matthew, writing to Jews and early Christians in helping them to see the connection between Judaism, the Messiah, and Christianity, opens his book in the clearest manner possible. Jesus is the anointed Messiah who is in the lineage of King David and Abraham. Abraham was roughly 2,000 BC, David 1,000 BC and Jesus at 4 AD. The “after” and the “before” are connected as a continuous whole. In the pericope from Hebrews, God the Father affirms the eternal throne of his Son, confirming once again his covenant with David. God is true to his word and the everlasting covenant is still in force. The Son reigns and we, as people redeemed by our Savior Jesus, will be there and live under his reign eternally! Presently, we live in the “before the eternal after!” Live as a child of the King today!
MUSIC: Once in Royal David's City - Kings College Choir, Cambridge, England (YouTube)
PRAYER: Sovereign Lord, you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David: “Why do the nations rage and the peoples' plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One.” Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus. Amen. - Acts of the Apostles (from a first-century document)
There was hostility expressed to first-century believers. This was a prayer to encourage a witness to Christ. This prayer is relevant to our world as well. – Dan Sharp