We return to 2 Samuel 7:11-16 in order to examine God’s promise to build a house for David, to set one of David’s descendants upon the throne and to establish his kingdom. Jesus is that promised son of David, who has established the kingdom of His church, which will stand forever. The second part of verse 14 is a difficult passage to see fulfilled in the sinless Son of God. Nevertheless, Jesus was “numbered with the transgressors” (Is 53:12) and “he was made to be sin for us” (2 Cor 5:21). He was, indeed, chastened by the rods and blows of men.
Second, we saw that despite David’s sins, he continued to hold to the Word of God. He confessed his sin and trusted in the words of forgiveness. He showed forth the fruits of repentance as he bore up under the consequences of his actions (2 Samuel chapters 20-24). The Scriptures continue to hold up David as the ideal king, the one “after God’s own heart” (1 Sam 13:14, Acts 13:22).
This study also examines the beginning of Solomon’s reign (1 Kings chapters 1-8). With the exception “that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places,” (1 Kings 3;3), Solomon’s reign began quite well. God’s exhortation to Solomon is to emulate his father, David. “Now if you walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded you, and if you keep My statues and My judgments, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, as I promised to David your father, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man on the throne of Israel'” (1 Kings 9:4-5).