Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Davidic Covenant. Part 2.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

The Davidic Covenant says that the seed of the woman, the humanity of Christ, will descend from the tribe of Judah through the family of David, 2SA 7:8-17; PSA 89:20-37. The message of the book of Matthew is the story of the King revealed, the King who was rejected, and the King who will return.

His ancestry or descent is traced from the Royal line which we see in just a moment, MAT 1:1-17. His birth was even dreaded by a rival king called Herod, MAT 2:1-16. Wise men who were known as the magi and were known for recognizing when a king was born offered their royal gifts, MAT 2:11. His herald John the Baptist declares that His kingdom is at hand, MAT 3:1.

Even in His temptation in Mat 4, you see the royalty of the person of Christ because the temptation itself reaches a climax when Satan offers TLJC all the kingdoms of the world, an acknowledgment that He has a right to rule, MAT 4:9.

His great message, the sermon on the Mount, in Mat 5-7, was the manifesto of the king setting forth the laws of the kingdom. His miracles were His royal credentials, MAT 11:20.
His parables were called the mysteries of the kingdom, MAT 13:11.
He was hailed as the son of David, MAT 15:22.
He claims the freedom to pay tribute to the kings of the earth for He Himself is the child of the King, MAT 22:21.

He makes a royal entry into Jerusalem and claims sovereignty and tells concerning Himself the story of the marriage of a King’s son, Mat 22. While facing the cross, He predicted His future reign, MAT 26:29. He claimed to have dominion over the angels and that He could call a legion of them to His defense, MAT 26:53.
MAT 28:18-19 “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations”

The gospel of Matthew also presents the king rejected.
Before He was born, His mother was in danger of being rejected by Joseph, MAT 1:18-19.
At His birth Jerusalem was troubled, and Herod killed an untold number of children two years and under because Herod sought the life of baby Jesus, MAT 2:16.

On the plains of Bethlehem no angelic choir sings, but instead mothers are weeping in anguish as their babies are being slaughtered, MAT 2:18.
Our Lord was hurried away as a baby running for His life and ending living in the obscurity of a little no-account village called Nazareth, MAT 2:23.

His forerunner was thrown in a dungeon and finally beheaded,
MAT 14:10.
He had nowhere to lay His own head and His parables indicated that His kingdom would not be accepted in this age, MAT 8:20.
Even in His death, He said, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” MAT 27:46.

Those who passed by the cross reviled and mocked Him, and they hired soldiers to lie even after He was dead about His resurrection, Mat 27-28.
But Matthew also presents the fact that the king is returning. MAT 26:64 “You shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

In 2Sa 7, God said through the prophet Nathan to David that it would be through the loins of David that the king would come Who would ultimately reign in Israel and set up an eternal kingdom.

Their son Solomon’s line, given in Matthew, ends with Joseph, the legal but not real father of our Lord’s humanity. Solomon’s line had the Coniah Curse and so was cut off from being the source of the Messiah. Nathan’s line, found in Luke, ends with Mary, the source of the true humanity of Christ.

Josiah was king; his second son, Jehoiakim, was made a vassal to Nebuchadnezzar after the fourth cycle of discipline at the battle of Carchemish.

In JER 36:29-31 his death was prophesied. His son was Coniah, who in 597 B.C. ruled for three months and ten days. He was made a prisoner for thirty-six years.

This curse was fulfilled with the virgin birth, when Joseph (from Solomon and Coniah’s line) became the legal but not the real father of Jesus Christ.

That is another reason Matthew traces Solomon’s line of the genealogy of Christ through Joseph, and Luke traces Nathan’s line of genealogy of Christ through Mary, 1CH 3:5 cf LUK 3:23-38.

God had to devise a plan by which He would be the legal heir of the throne but that He would not be in the line of David descending through Jeconiah or Coniah.

1TH 5:24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.

PHI 1:6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

First of all, I see the King of grace in the choice of one woman.

LUK 1:30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor [charis - grace] with God.”

TLJC had to be a Savior to her as well as a Son to her.

LUK 1:28 the angel said to her, “Hail, you who are empowered with grace! The Lord {is} with you.”

LUK 1:46-47 “My soul exalts the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.”

Note God’s grace in that He chose a sinner to be His own mother.

We also see the grace of the King not only in the choice of one woman but in the seed of two men.

He was an adulterer, a polygamist.
A murderer.
A man who was sexually tormented by women.
A rotten father!

Abraham who lies about his wife in Egypt and brought them both into shame.

Abraham who disbelieved God and committed adultery with Hagar.

Again in Gerah, Abraham lied about Sarah his wife and gave her to the king saying that she was just his sister.

God used these two, one to father the nation of the Messiah, the other to father the royal line; Jesus is the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Solomon, the son of David, to whom David looked for the next step in this marvelous fulfillment, turned out to be a terrible, terrible tragedy.

Then Isaac, the son of Abraham, the same thing, a weak man who failed and fell away from God and ended in idolatry.

So Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham came to overcome the failures of both of those lines and their seeds and to accomplish what they could never accomplish.

We see the grace of God in the history of three eras.

The first period that Matthew mentions is from Abraham to David.
That’s the period of the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
That’s the period of Moses and Joshua.
That’s the period of the great Judges like Deborah and Barak and Samson.

The second period, from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations: this is a period of decline.

The second period is the period of the monarchy.
As soon as the monarchy came with Saul, things started to do downhill.

Every once in a while you get a little glimpse of a winner believer but what dominates are the Rehoboam’s and Ahaz’s and Manasseh’s, the Coniah’s.......evil men.

It’s a period of apostasy and it’s a period of degeneracy that ultimately ends up, in the devastation and the destruction of Israel and the inevitable captivity in Babylon.

MAT 1:17......and from the deportation to Babylon to {the time of} Christ fourteen generations.
You know what there is about this period!

It’s 600 years of datelessness.

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