By my count, I have four posts left that I should do for Simeon to make the even 60 that I promised back in October. We’ll see how much I can squeeze out of me today. I still have a cold and running on limited energy. So this might be one long post or two shorter ones or, with heavenly intervention, the original four posts I planned to do.
The themes that remain are 57: A King After David’s Heart, 58: Will Cause Strife, 59: Call to the Nations, and 60: Simeon—A Noble Life of Waiting.
Because Christ is David’s descendant and heir, he fulfills God’s promises to David and completes, makes perfect, what God saw in David to begin with.
2 Samuel 7:12, 15-16 ‘When your time comes and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up after you your descendant, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.
But My faithful love will never leave him as I removed it from Saul; I removed him from your way. Your house and kingdom will endure before Me forever, and your throne will be established forever.’ (HCSB)
What did David do well while on earth? First off, he was a good shepherd who watched over his flock—even risking his life to defend it from lions and bears. As the Good Shepherd, Jesus leads and protects his lambs, his flock. According to Scripture, not one will escape him who is from His fold.
Second, David was a man after God’s own heart. He never worshipped any other God. He repented whenever confronted with his sin. But as the perfect man, Jesus lived in perfect unity with God. He lived in such a way as to reverse the curse all the way back to the garden of Eden. As the divine man, Jesus lived righteously in the constraints of a sinful world in a way that Adam could not do within a perfect world. Jesus kept his heart in tune with the will of the Father and walked in it.
Lastly, David was Israel’s best king. He fought for her, he united her, he defended her and he ruled her. Yes, he made mistakes as father, husband and human male—but as shepherd, lover of God and king, he did well.
But Jesus did, does and will do better. Because as we learn at the end of the story:
And He has a name written on His robe and on His thigh:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19:16, HCSB)
A Sixty-Day Countdown to Christmas