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We Need More Than a Son of David

March 31, 2010

The failures of David with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 12) is devastating in the narrative of Israel’s history.  It starts the trend of Israel’s hope being set no longer on King David, but on his sons.  After all, it is through the line of David that God promises Israel a dwelling place (2 Samuel 7:10), rest from their enemies (7:11), and an eternal kingdom (7:16).  Yet, immediately after David is rebuked for his sin with Bathsheba and Uriah’s murder (2 Samuel 12), we see sexual sin, strife, and murder among Ammon, Tamar, and Absalon – David’s children (2 Samuel 13).  There is brief hope in Solomon, but because of his love for foreign women, he quickly turns from the Lord to idols.  The trend continues on as unfaithfulness characterizes the history of Israel’s kings.

What becomes more and more obvious as the tension swells in the biblical narrative is that God’s people are in need of more than just a son of David.  They need a faithful Son of God.  Praise God that Jesus came as the faithful Son who was faithful even to the cross as he suffered and died for sinners.

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