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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 20, 2009

The Davidic Covenant: 2 Samuel 7

Last week, we considered the glorious picture the Lord gave His people of the NT church in the city of Jerusalem. Jerusalem was a city with a rich spiritual history, but it eventually fell into idolatry. It was earlier ruled by Melchizedek – that great type of Christ – who must have led his people in the worship of the true God. But after he died, and as the Lord continued to narrow down the peoples through whom He would send His Son, the people of that city fell away from the Lord into idolatry. By the time Joshua brought God’s people into the land, they had become cursed like the rest of people of Canaan. This seems eventually to happen in every area where the Lord allows His Spirit to work powerfully and then the people withdraw from Him. Where there is greater privilege, there is greater responsibility. This United States had a rich spiritual foundation, but we have turned away from it, which is why we are in our present condition. We need to pray that the Lord would call us back to Himself; unless He does, our country will never prosper, but will eventually be destroyed.

But with the coming of David as king, the Lord redeemed Jerusalem back to Himself. When David first became king, the city was still under the control of the Jebusites. Joshua tried to take it, but failed. Saul, Israel’s first king, failed as well.

But David succeeded. The Lord had reserved this honor for him. He redeemed the city from the hands of his enemies.

This event pointed to God’s redemption through Christ. David redeemed a city from his enemies that would become the headquarters of his authority, where God would place His name and where He would dwell. This pictures perfectly what Jesus would do in the future in redeeming His people – His church, His New Jerusalem – from the hand of their enemies, upon whom He would put His name and dwell within them. It was meant to place Jesus and His salvation before their eyes, that they might desire to be a part of that holy city. And it is meant to challenge us in the same way. Are you a part of the city God is building, the New Jerusalem? Will God own you on that day and welcome you into His kingdom? You can only know He will, if you are trusting in Jesus Christ to save you through His death on the cross, where He paid the price for everyone who would believe on Him.

We move on now to another way the Lord advanced His work of salvation in David’s days: by renewing the Covenant of Grace with David. After all the Lord has done for David, he now sets his heart on building a house for God. But God tells David that it His intention to build him a house instead that will last forever.

What we’ll look at this morning is the fifth revelation of God’s Covenant of Grace in His covenant with David. And we’ll consider two things: First, the circumstances under which the Lord made this covenant. And second, the fact that this is the fifth revelation of the Covenant of Grace.

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