I just completed Beth Moore’s Bible study, DAVID, Seeking a Heart Like His for the second time. It is a wonderful study and I even learned more the second time since I facilitated, however — there was a nugget I missed both times! One of the ladies in the group caught it and shared it with us.
Even if you aren’t a Christian, you have probably heard the story of David and Goliath. David, a young shepherd boy, came against a giant Philistine named Goliath. He came against him in the name of the Lord and killed the giant. Later, this young man was anointed king over Israel, but it took many years to prepare him and move him to that role.
God was always faithful to David — even though he made some serious mistakes. The major mistake that brought much bloodshed to his family was when he decided to stay home from war and lust after beautiful Bathsheeba (who by the way was married). He summoned for her to join him and Bathsheeba became pregnant. King David decided to cover the sin by convincing her husband to come back from battle and sleep with her, but the husband (Uriah) was a man of honor and refused. There was nothing left for the king to do (uh, besides repent and do the right thing) so he had Uriah KILLED. Bathsheeba married King David and their baby died. The Bible is not boring folks! It has true stories that have more drama than any show you can find on television. Anyway — if you want to get more details and read for yourself, begin here at 1 Samuel and read through 2 Kings — even into 1 Chronicles. VERY INTERESTING.
I didn’t tell you how one of David’s sons raped his sister (David’s daughter) Tamar, or how another brother stewed in disgust over it until he got revenge … Trust me, there are so much drama in this man’s family. David had rotten family members that murder and fight for power. The list goes on and on. I hope you want to read it for yourself if you haven’t already.
With all of that said, I finally made it to the end of King David’s life. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob showed Himself kind and faithful to David. Through all of David’s humanity and all of the mistakes he made, David had a heart for the Lord. David had a heart of thanksgiving and praise and I believe that was the heart that God loved so much.
Beth Moore asked us how we knew God was going to keep the covenant He made with David (you need to read to find out). The answer is found in Jeremiah.
The Lord spoke his word to Jeremiah. He said, “This is what the Lord says: Suppose you could break My arrangement[ with day and night so that they wouldn’t come at their proper time. Then My arrangement with my servant David could be broken, and he would not have a descendant to rule on his throne. The arrangement with my servants the Levitical priests could also be broken. I will multiply the descendants of my servant David and the Levites who serve me like the stars of heaven that cannot be counted and the sand on the seashore that cannot be measured.”
Obviously, no man can interrupt day and night. The sun will come up the next day unless the Lord deems otherwise. However, the day IS COMING when God will interrupt our day and night.
On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake[ in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.
On that day there will be neither sunlight nor cold, frosty darkness. It will be a unique day—a day known only to the Lord—with no distinction between day and night. When evening comes, there will be light.
On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it east to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter.
The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name.
Yes, that day is coming when Jesus will return — the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! It is THAT day that will be unique and like no other.
Will the covenant with David ever be broken? No. Jesus will always be on His throne.
I never made the connection before about God’s covenant with David and then the event that will happen when Jesus returned. Truly, the Bible is so interesting! Not only are the words ALIVE, but they capture me and woo me.
I hope this sparked your curiosity to look into the scriptures today.
Thanks for reading!
God bless you!