God’s Promise to David – Acts 2

Long before the last of the kings of Judah was being carried off into exile in Babylon, the Lord had made a promise to King David through the prophet Nathan.

11 “‘The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: 12 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. 16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.’” Samuel 7:11b-12,16 NIV

The succession of kings in David’s line had now been cut-off, taken prisoner into Babylon, and were no longer able to fulfill the promise of reigning before God forever.  That promise would instead be fulfilled centuries later, in the person of Jesus Christ.  Jesus was born by the Holy Spirit to Mary, in David’s lineage, and raised by stepfather Joseph, who was also in David’s line.

After the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the 120 disciples of Jesus gathered in Jerusalem, the apostle Peter addressed thousands of witnesses to that event.  These were faithful God-worshipers gathered there to celebrate the feast of Pentecost.  Peter referred them to King David, the promise God had made to him, and David’s prophecy from Psalm 16:


27 … you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    you will not let your holy one see decay.
28 You have made known to me the paths of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence.’
 Acts 2:27-28 NIV

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, Peter went on to explain the meaning of David’s prophecy to the crowd.

29 “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. 33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.   Acts 2:26-33 NIV

Fifty-two days earlier, as Jesus was being tried and facing torture and death, the Apostle Peter was filled with fear and denied ever knowing or being with Jesus.  Now, emboldened by the gift of the Holy Spirit, Peter declared to the large crowd that Jesus was the Messiah, the fulfillment of all the writings of the prophets, including King David.  He was raised from the dead in fulfillment of the scriptures, and likewise will ultimately return to earth to take His rightful place on David’s eternal throne in the Father’s good timing.

As Peter spoke, Jerusalem was still a very dangerous place for any followers of Jesus, as opponents still had the ear of the brutal Roman government, which had just recently condemned Jesus to death.  Yet despite all this, Peter gave his message boldly to the crowd, and the people responded in faith.

41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.  Acts 2:41 NIV

The new covenant had begun, and the first fruits of the global Church of Jesus Christ had been harvested.  This was all done in the power of the Holy Spirit and was the culmination of God’s will through the faithfulness of 120 prayerful believers.  God’s promise to David was being fulfilled at last.

Reflection

When prayer is aligned with God’s will, amazing things will happen.  We do not need to recite fancy or formal words, just speak from our hearts, humbly and respectfully before God.  He knows our thoughts but wants to hear from us anyway.

Someone once said that if we only pray when we are in trouble, we are going to get in a lot of trouble, because God longs to hear from us.  He loves us and wants to fellowship with us, and to be an integral part of our lives each day.

20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.  Revelation 3:20 NIV

Father God, help me to open up the depths of my being to You.  I open the door of my heart and invite Jesus in today.  Feed me with Your presence, Your holy word, and the power of Your Holy Spirit.  Cleanse me of my sin and heal me of any addictions, bad habits, hurts, or illnesses you find.  Teach me to joyfully follow after You and Your ways.  In Jesus’ name we pray together, Amen.

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