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These Daily Reflections supply the messages from Grace Church as daily video clips from the most recent sermons. Each day's clip will last about 10 minutes and if you watch them all, you will have reviewed morning and evening sermons from the previous Sunday.

Ministry Reflection - July 13, 2009

The Holy City: 2 Samuel 5:1-10

The Lord added yet more light in revealing His plan of redemption at the time of David. Having called David apart, having given these pictures through him, his offices, and his writings – as well as those of Samuel and the prophets – the Lord now provides a wonderful picture of His church in the city of Jerusalem. We see now David conquer that city where the Lord was pleased to place His name and show His people something of the glory and beauty of the true church. In our early reflections this week, we’ll consider two things: First, that the Lord chose Jerusalem as the city where He would dwell. Second, that in doing this, He was providing His people with a picture of the true church.

First, we see the Lord chose Jerusalem as the city where He would dwell. The Lord had already made a provision in the Law that His people were to bring their sacrifices to a particular place that He would choose: “But you shall seek the LORD at the place which the LORD your God will choose from all your tribes, to establish His name there for His dwelling, and there you shall come. There you shall bring your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, the contribution of your hand, your votive offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock. There also you and your households shall eat before the LORD your God, and rejoice in all your undertakings in which the LORD your God has blessed you” (Deu. 12:5-7). But up to this point, the Lord had not designated that place: He couldn’t as long as they were outside the land, as long as the land remained unconquered, as long as the kingship was not established. Saul appeared to be a temporary king: the Lord gave His people a king after their own heart, one that they wanted, like that of the other nations, to show them that this was not the kind of king they needed. But having replaced Saul with a king after God’s own heart, the kind of king that would be a blessing to them, He now established a permanent place for sacrifices, in the very place the king would rule.

They were always to worship at the tabernacle, where the Lord’s ark was kept; but that tabernacle was frequently moved around. Now the Lord chose the city where it would permanently reside: Jerusalem. Jerusalem was once a city where the Lord was worshipped. Remember there were people who were descended from Shem, who worshipped God outside of Abraham’s descendants. That true worship eventually died off outside of Israel when the Lord turned more specifically to Abraham and his family. But at the time of Abraham, there was a very important and godly king and priest who reigned over Jerusalem: Melchizedek.

By the time of the Conquest, however, the true religion had died out in Jerusalem. Those who lived there were God’s enemies and so the enemy of His people. They had never been conquered all the time Israel dwelt in the land to the time of David. We read in Joshua 15:63, “Now as for the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the sons of Judah could not drive them out; so the Jebusites live with the sons of Judah at Jerusalem until this day.” But David finally subdued them and captured the city as we see in our text; he made it the royal city, but God also chose it to be His holy city.

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