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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Will King David Be Raised From The Dead?

 I have many “favorite” people in the Bible, but King David is pretty much at the top of my list. He killed a lion and a bear. If he never did anything else, that could almost top him out for me. And he wasn’t out hunting. Both of them came to steal one of his sheep. With at least one of them he snatched the lamb from its clutches. This takes more than courage. It just plain takes guts.

God talks about David as a man after his own heart because David wanted to do everything that God wanted him to do. Where do you find a man like this today? Someone who “wants” to do everything God wants him to do!

Many people think of David as a man who committed adultery with Bathsheba, got her pregnant, and then got her husband drunk, and finally had him killed. Yes, David did all these things and he paid dearly for them. But he RECOVERED. A righteous man may fall seven times, but he gets up again after each time.

David did that! He got up again after his terrible fall.

Some folks stay down, you know. They stay right where they fell and you can hear their stories every place you go. They sing the blues. They tell you how it happened. They whine about it. They make it very clear that they are crushed by guilt. And they let you know that they will never get up again. They are hurt beyond repair, they tell you. They have set up permanent residences in the past and they will crawl into their caskets with these awful tormenting burdens on their backs.

David knew that what he did was unforgivable---by man. But he knew his God. He knew that his God was a merciful God, a forgiving God, and a God who cared about him whether he was a louse or not. This made David different! He was not cut from the mold of the whiners---the losers. David was certainly no loser!

And so, God tells us in the last book of the Bible (Rev. 3:7) that He has the “key of David”. This “key” has the power to open doors that no one else can open. It also has the power to lock doors that no one is able to open.

If we are not stubborn, this is one of the ways God will guide us---through open and closed doors!

In the Old Testament (Is. 22:21-25) God gives the “key” to the house of David to a man named Eliakim. This includes the royal robes, the title, and the authority. This is the highest position in the Royal Court. Eliakim then has the power to open and close doors, too!

One of the greatest evangelism tools in the last days will be the restoration of David’s Kingdom (Acts 15:16-17). The Scripture makes it very clear that when this takes place “the rest of humanity will find the Lord.”

And in Amos 9: 9-12 God adds to this promise by saying that Israel will possess what is left of Jordan (Edom). Israel will also possess ALL the nations God has called to be his. He even tells us that not one kernel will be lost.

Hosea 3:4-5 tells us that people will return to David’s descendant, their King. They will come trembling in awe of the Lord. As they come to him in this condition during the last days He will pour upon them his good gifts.

In Jeremiah 30: 8-9 God promises to raise up David their King. Many people cannot believe that God will really “raise up” David. But this is just one of God’s many promises for these last days. Ez. 34:20-24 tells us that David will be a prince among His people. This promise was given five or six centuries after David died.

God also states that David will be their King and he will be a prince forever in the time when God places his temple among them (Ez. 37:24-28).

"I will set over them one shepherd, my servant David . . . and my servant David will be a prince among my people" (Ez. 34:24).

Clearly, Jesus is one of King David’s descendants. Acts 13:17-25

In Zechariah (12:10) God says that he will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David.

David will rule forever! Is. 9:6-7

God promises great things for His own honor and for the sake of his servant David. Is. 37:33-35

What blessings are ours! What a great honor for us who have placed our faith in Jesus! In Is. 55:3-5 God tells us that all of the mercies and all of the unfailing love that He promised David belong to us. He tells us that we will “command” nations!

In Psalm 132:11-18 God declares that David’s Royal Line will never end. And this is a promise that He will never take back!

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