Blessing on David’s Dynasty

1 Chronicles 17:27  

“Now You have been pleased to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue before You forever; for You have blessed it, O LORD, and it shall be blessed forever.”

King David loved and honored God and deeply desired to build a house—a beautiful temple—for Him. At first, Nathan the prophet told David to go ahead, that God was with him in his plans (1 Chronicles 17:2). But God then told Nathan to tell David that he could not build the temple (verse 4). Other passages show that God did not want the temple built by a man who had shed much blood in war, but that God’s house would be built by David’s son in a time of peace.

While God turned down David’s request to build Him a house, God showed that He was pleased with David’s heart and desire. Instead of David building Him a house, God promised to build David a house—an everlasting royal dynasty (verse 10)! This is what David was praising God for in verse 27.

God’s promise is being fulfilled in several ways. Physically, God said David would never lack a descendant “to sit on the throne of the house of Israel” (Jeremiah 33:17). But it also refers to Jesus Christ, who inherited the throne of David and will rule forever (Luke 1:32-33). And it includes David himself, who will be resurrected to rule in the Kingdom of God (Jeremiah 30:9).

For more about David’s dynasty, see our blog post about the “Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee.” For more about the everlasting Kingdom that God promised, see our section on the “Kingdom of God.”

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