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Trapped within mortal reason and understanding, we are often left clueless to God’s ways. Our vision is limited to the present moment and how God will keep his promises are beyond us. But that should never deter us from trusting Him. How God fulfilled the Davidic Covenant is a great example that God will do what He’s said He will do no matter the impossibilities.

In 2 Samuel 7 God gives one of the greatest covenants in Scripture. He promised to King David that his son, Solomon, would take the throne after him and build the temple of God. But even greater than that, God declared three times that his throne would be established forever.

And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.
2 Samuel 7:16

But Solomon fell in love with his wealth, but worse, with the foreign gods of his foreign wives. The Bible says King Solomon chased after these gods. A sad statement reads, So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and did not wholly follow the LORD, as David his father had done. (1 Kings 11:6) And God seems to go back on His promise with his discipline of the ungodly king.

Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, ‘Since this has been your practice and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes that I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you and will give it to your servant. Yet for the sake of David your father I will not do it in your days, but I will tear it out of the hand of your son.”
1 Kings 11:11-12

And God did just that. Judah’s second to last king only did evil in the sight of the LORD as had many of his predecessors. And with King Jehoiachin, God fulfilled his promise to Solomon. Through the prophet Jeremiah, God declared that this was the end. The man was written down as childless and none of his offspring would succeed him on the throne. The royal line of Israel had ended. The signet ring was removed and the nation was left without a kingdom.

How can this be? The throne was to be sure forever. But the Davidic Covenant could never be fulfilled with sinful man. Only one could be the answer. The prophet Isaiah was given the solution to this dilemma.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Then in comes Zerubbabel. After release from captivity, he is governor of the devastated city of Jerusalem. He was the natural choice for leader being a son of David, but not through Solomon, but David’s son, Nathan. The prophet Haggai, through the Holy Spirit, declared Zerubbabel would be the signet ring. The royal line would continue through him and the promised King would come through his bloodline.

Jesus is born of a virgin, the only human to be born from only one bloodline. His mother was Mary, daughter of Heli, a son in the line of none other than Zerubbabel himself. Jesus was born in the family of David. Mary married Joseph, a man in the line of Solomon. And Joseph adopted Jesus, now making the boy his legal son. The throne was to be through Solomon, and so being adopted into Joseph’s family, gave Jesus a legal right to the kingship.

God did the impossible. A miracle. Both promises fulfilled. Solomon’s direct descendants were cut off forever. And David’s throne would last forever. Because Jesus was born into both the direct lineage of David but also adopted into the legal line of royalty.

Don’t be discouraged by your present circumstances or the unknown. For God’s plans will not be thwarted. Even if it means pulling off the impossible, his promises will stand true. The good things He’s vowed to His children, He will give. The justice due to this world, He will see through.

Jesus is still Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.


The Amen of our Prayers

July 10, 2014 — 1 Comment

In Jesus name, Amen.praying-hands-Pencil

A staple phrase in prayers. A memorized ending. The way to tell others that you are finished.

Or does it mean more than that? And should it be used so carelessly?

Amen simply means “so be it.” It was a word the Hebrews used to confirm a statement, oath or covenant.

I also shook out the fold of my garment and said, “So may God shake out every man from his house and from his labor who does not keep this promise. So may he be shaken out and emptied.” And all the assembly said “Amen” and praised the Lord. And the people did as they had promised.
Nehemiah 5:22

When Jesus taught, he’d start by saying, “Truly, truly,” or in some translations, “Verily, verily.” For example John 1:51,

 “And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.

The word ‘truly’ in this verse is the Greek word for Amen. Jesus literally started by saying, “Amen, amen.” When Jesus began a discourse with these words, a promise and absolute truth was to follow. It caused the listeners to be even more attentive to his words.

But is praying “Amen” too confident? We are ending our prayers by saying, “This is truth,” or “So my prayers will be.”

But Jesus gave us the confidence.

Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
John 14:13

And this confidence stems from the fact that ‘Amen’ is not simply a word, but a person.

So that he who blesses himself in the land shall bless himself by the God of truth (Amen), and he who takes an oath in the land shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten and are hidden from my eyes.
Isaiah 65:16

“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.”
Revelation 3:14

Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promises. As we pray in compliance to the character of the Son and to the glory of the Father in Heaven through the Holy Spirit, we can be sure that our prayers are heard because of Jesus, and Him alone.

Jesus is Truth, the Amen. There is no answer to prayers and or hope in God’s promises without the being and work of our Savior, the Messiah. Words formed as prayers that spring from a rebellious or selfish heart, mean nothing, and disappear into the atmosphere. But prayers from holy people with righteous motives soar uncontested to the Father’s ears.

So yes, praying, “Amen,” does mean so much more. Beware of flippant usage of this phrase, for it’s Jesus Himself that you blaspheme.

Instead of using the habitual phrase to close your prayer, use this to remind you of Who it is you are naming.

“In Jesus name, THE Amen.”