How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 25 (Second Coming Chapel Sermon #240)

TEXT: 2 Samuel 7:8-16

8 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel:

9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth.

10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime,

11 And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the Lord telleth thee that he will make thee an house.

12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.

13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.

14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:

15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.

16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.

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How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 25 (Second Coming Chapel Sermon #240)

Billy Graham said, “Bible teaching about the Second Coming of Christ was thought of as “doomsday” preaching. But not anymore. It is the only ray of hope that shines as an ever brightening beam in a darkening world.”

In Sherman’s march from Chattanooga to Atlanta and from Atlanta to the sea, the Confederate government, impatient with the Fabian tactics of General Joseph E. Johnston, removed him from command and gave his army to the impetuous General Hood. Hood at once marched to the rear of Sherman, threatening his communications and base of supplies at Chattanooga and Nashville. An important link to these communications was Allatoona, which commanded the pass through the mountains. This post was at once attacked by Hood’s army. Sherman sent an order to one of his lieutenants, Corse, to proceed to Allatoona. He himself went back as far as Kenesaw Mountain, and from that eminence on the clear October day could see plainly the smoke of the battle and hear the faint reverberation of the cannon. His flag officer at length made out the letters which were being wigwagged from the garrison at Allatoona, “Corse is here.” This was a great relief to Sherman, who then heliographed his famous message, “Hold the fort. I am coming.” The Church is to occupy until Christ comes. It is assailed and besieged by the world and by the enemies of the truth. But Christ has not left it without a promise, a promise which means deliverance and victory. From the ramparts of heaven he waves to us the message that he is coming. Confident in that great appearance, the Church will occupy till he comes.

By way of introduction, the Bible Knowledge Commentary reads, “Having communicated his desires to the Prophet Nathan, whose initial response was favorable, David soon learned that his intentions were premature. Since the Exodus the Lord had resided among the people in a temporary structure. There was no need now for anything different. In fact it was not God’s will for David to build Him a house; instead God would build a house for David! God had called David from inauspicious beginnings to be a shepherd of God’s people. Likewise, God had gathered Israel to Himself and would plant them securely in their own land. The house to be built for David would be a royal house, a dynasty of kings. It would originate with him but would never end (v. 16). The kingdom and its throne would be permanent, a realm over which the Son of David would reign forever. The promise that David and his seed would be kings fulfilled the even more ancient Abrahamic Covenant blessing that the patriarchs would be the fathers of kings. To Judah, great-grandson of Abraham, was given the explicit pledge that a promised ruler would come from Judah. Samuel anointed this one from Judah, David himself, of whom the Lord said, “He is the one”. David was aware of his election by God and of the theological significance of that election as part of the messianic line that would result in a divine Descendant and King. The prophets also attested to the Davidic Messiah, the One who would rule over all and forever on His throne. The promise that the people of the Lord, David’s kingdom Israel, would have an enduring land of their own was also based on earlier commitments of the Lord. The seed of Abraham, God said, would be given Canaan as a home forever. As for a temple, David would not be allowed to build it, but his son after him would have the honor of doing so. That this refers to a literal house and not a dynasty is clear from the context, which speaks of the results that would follow if the son would be disobedient to the Lord. This could not be true of the King who is spoken of as the climactic figure of the Davidic dynastic line. These verses, then, are a good example of an Old Testament passage in which some elements find fulfillment in the immediate future (Solomon and other strictly human descendants of David), while other elements will be realized only in the more distant future (Jesus Christ, the Son of David).”

As we continue looking at what we can learn from the hope that the ancient Israelites had in the future coming of the Messiah, let’s turn our attention to the covenant that God made with King David. In this passage, God promised David that He would set up a royal bloodline after David. God says that the throne and bloodline of David will last forever. How can this be? Israel has not had a king for years. But when God says forever, he means forever. The Davidic bloodline ends in Jesus Christ, who is not only the King of the Jews, but the King and Creator of the world, and one day in the future He will return to claim His throne.

In the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, the last king of Gondor dies to the forces of darkness seemingly without leaving an heir. For hundreds of years, the throne of Gondor sits empty, and the stewards who are entrusted to watch over the kingdom begin to lose hope that they can win the war with the evil empire. However, in the last book of the series, the long-lost heir Aragorn returns to claim his throne and crown, and leads his armies against the hosts of evil. No matter how long Jesus’ coming seems delayed, or how dark the world around us, we know that God’s promises will be kept: the throne and kingdom of David have been established by God forever, and we know His word is true. We can have hope in knowing that the royal bloodline has not ended as we await the return of the King.

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Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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