Jesus, Descendent Of David,

Resurrected Seed Of God

By
Craig Bluemel

 

A Brief Historical Narrative Of David

Among the Old Testament kings of Israel, King David is the second king and the son of Jesse, from the tribe of Judah.  David’s relationship with the LORD (Yahweh) was as unique as his actual name, which in Hebrew means loving or to love.  His name is befitting of his character and personality, because David was not just a lover of God, but also a lover of people.  His love for his fellow brethren is what guided his decisions and his pursuit of the heart of God.

 

David’s reliance upon God’s mercy and perseverance in the same earned him the description “a man after God’s heart.” [1]  Whereas other OT figures, such as Joseph, are typological of Jesus’ redemptive qualities and characteristics, David on the other hand, is a type of Christ in that he prefigures his messianic rulership.  When Israel looks to Messiah’s coming, they look to the throne of David,[2] upon whose shoulders the governments of all nations will rest.

 

David used his personal relationship with the LORD to lead God’s people, protecting them from their enemies.  This started first when he challenged the giant Goliath and slew him[3] with only a sling and a stone.  One could almost say David had a warrior spirit, while maintaining the heart of a lover.[4]  Like Abraham, he recognized the importance of leading Israel in the pathways of righteousness, justice, humility and most important, mercy.  David understood the KEY to effective spiritual leadership is love; he knew one could not love God if he did not love his neighbor.

 

The LORD made a promise to Abraham, that his descendents would number as the stars of heaven.[5]  Through the mouth of Nathan the prophet, God later made a covenant with David, promising him that his descendant would rule Israel in righteousness forever.[6]  Solomon did not fulfill the promise of God, nor was his reign over Israel one of righteousness forever.

 

In his old age, King David wanted to build a house (temple) for the LORD to dwell in; he sought after a permanent residence for Yahweh’s greatness, so he planned the temple,[7] but never actually built a house for God.  Solomon built an ornate house (temple) for Yahweh, yet his life was not reflective of the same righteous relationship his father David had shared with God.  Therefore, after Solomon’s passing, the Jews knew the fulfillment of God’s promise to the descendant of David was for another yet to come.

 

By the time Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the term son of David[8] had become synonymous in Israel with the title of Messiah or Christ, both meaning, ‘anointed one.’  It was customary in Israel to coronate a king with sacred oil smeared upon the head, a symbolic gesture in recognition of the divine origin of his leadership, which came down[9] upon him from God, symbolically flowing out to the people. 

 

Thus the word Christ meant anointed one and was synonymous in meaning with its Hebrew counterpart Messiah.  The Jews believed a time would come when someone from their ranks would be anointed as king of the nations, according to God’s promise.  Most Christians have the wrong concept of anointing; it was not poured, but smeared on the initiated, and the hand to head contact symbolized the intimacy of one’s relationship to God AND to his fellow countrymen.

 

Anointing was a public ceremony and witnessed by the heads of each tribe, which signified their allegiance with him as God’s chosen ruler.  We might liken anointing to the swearing in ceremony for each newly elected President of the United States, which is always a public ceremony befitting the office, and demonstrative of the will of the people.  Before America backslid from God this ceremony was public recognition of one nation, under God, indivisible because their leader had divine blessing.

 

I am personally shocked at how Christians have been duped by the media and by extreme right-wing watchdog groups that vilify and defame the current President of the United States, instead of praying for him and letting the merits of his leadership be the governing criteria for judgment.  Blown about by every wind, today’s undiscerning believer is swayed by the opinions slanderous scribble passed on via the Internet or other media Christians.  Like Israel of old, they look to their political leader to solve every moral dilemma instead of taking responsibility and initiative to personally make a difference in the lives of others in their own neighbor and community.  Christians today are just churchgoers, nothing more; they have no concept of sacrifice and suffering.

 

By the time of Christ, all the spiritual leaders and learned men in Israel (rabbis, teachers, scribes, priests, prophets, etc.) knew Messiah’s coming was at hand.[10]  During the time of the Maccabees,[11] and the post-Maccabeean era, history records that in Palestine, there were literally hundreds of pseudo-messiahs; these were men whose zeal for Israel and passionate desire to throw off the oppressive yoke of the Roman Empire goaded them to seize the title of the Christ and many of them led a revolt against the Roman government.

 

The Hellenized Roman Empire used Greek as its universal language, and in Greek the word christ is christós, and this word is the equivalent to the Hebrew word for messiah, which is meshach or anointed one.   The distinguished Jewish Hasmonaean family led by Judas Maccabaeus revolted against Rome, inspiring Jewish nationals to do the same, leading to a fevered, almost cult-like frenzy of messianic hopefuls.  Many young male zealots used God’s promise to David in scripture as justification for warring in the flesh against the Roman government and its taxation.

 

In this context the Jewish people hoped Messiah would deliver them from their enemies, and give them eternal rest.[12]  Ironically, Christians today want a Messiah to take away all their pain and suffering.  Most are unwilling to come to the Garden with Jesus, and drink of the cup he drank.  God’s ways are higher and different than ours.

God’s Promise & David’s Descendent

Through Nathan the prophet Yahweh made a covenant promise with King David His servant; below are the key elements for this study:

 

·          2 Samuel 7:8-17 Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts: “I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel.  9 And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a great name, like the name of the great men who are on 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; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously, 11 since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel, and have caused you to rest from all your enemies. Also the LORD tells you that He will make you a house.  12 When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.  13 He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.  14 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men.  15 But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you.  16 And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever."'"  17 According to all these words and according to all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.     NKJV

 

God promised David He would:

 

1.      Make a house FOR David[13] (a physical temple built by Solomon).

 

2.      After his death He would set up and establish[14] the kingdom of David’s own seed or descendant, but NOT forever.14

 

3.      The descendant of David (i.e., - Messiah) will build a house for Yahweh’s name, and Yahweh will establish the throne of HIS (Messiah’s) kingdom FOREVER.[15]

 

4.      The Messianic descendant of David will be Yahweh’s son, and Yahweh will be his Father.[16]  

 

Points #3 and #4 find fulfillment in Jesus the Christ; God was literally his Father, and he God’s only begotten son.  The kingdom of God under the rulership of Christ is not yet established forever,[17] however God has set it in place.  Further, the house of God was [18]built by Jesus as the chief cornerstone (or building block) and established forever through his propitiation for sin, and his mediatorship as the parákleetos, or one called along side to make man’s spirit the permanent residence for Yahweh’s presence.

 

·          Hebrews 3:6 But Christ the Messiah was faithful over his own Father's house as a son and master of it.  And it is we who are now members of this house, if we hold fast and firm to the end our joyful and exultant confidence and sense of triumph in our hope in Christ.    AMP

 

Scholars have debated and been unable to prove for hundreds of years is where David’s “seed” (meaning direct bloodline) ties into the promise.  The reason for this is twofold; first, God’s promise to David’s descendant was conditional and hinged on continued ancestral obedience[19] and righteousness; second, Jesus has NO TRACEABLE HUMAN GENEALOGY.  The fact that Jesus has no traceable human genealogy does not mean that he has none; it simply cannot be found in the pages of scripture,[20] nor did the Father, God, ever want it to be traced.

 

David’s genealogy is found in the Book of Ruth[21]; he belonged to the tribe of Judah: his ancestor Nahshon was leader of the whole tribe of Judah[22] and Nahshon became the brother-in-law of Aaron the high priest.[23]  Aaron married Nahshon’s sister, and through this lineage is found the bloodline of Joseph,[24] husband of Mary, mother of Jesus.

 

When God commanded Moses and Aaron to take a census of all the congregation of the sons of Israel, by their families, it was taken by their fathers' households,[25] according to the number of names, every male, head by head.  Numbered in the census of Judah was Nahshon the son of Amminadab.

 

The reign of Solomon, David’s son according to the flesh, was sufficient to be the fulfillment of God’s promise.  On the other hand, the throne and kingdom that Yahweh said would be eternally established did not come from David’s direct bloodline.  Since God is Jesus’ Father and Mary is his mother, she is his only human biological connection, and her genealogy cannot be found or traced, except for her blood relation to Elizabeth mother of John the Baptist.

 

Even when God formed the baby Jesus in Mary’s womb, there was no provable genetic link between the direct bloodline of David and Jesus.  Joseph’s direct bloodline can be traced all the way to Aaron, when God commanded the first census of Israel, but Joseph is not the bloodline relation of Jesus, since God, the Father, generated in the womb of the virgin Mary a sperm cell that was not of human origin.

 

An illustration of Jesus as the spiritual offspring of David is found in what the apostle John wrote what he heard and saw in Revelation 22:16-17a, “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant (génee) of David, the bright morning star." 

 

I have already shown there is no proof in scripture that Jesus is from the direct bloodline of David.  On the other hand, it is provable that Christ is part of the spiritual line of David by virtue, not of his physical birth, but of Yahweh’s power, which generated a new form of spiritual and physical life in Jesus when He raised him from the dead.  In Acts 13:22-37 the plain text of scripture states the resurrection of Jesus by his Father, God, is considered the literal fulfillment of the divine promise made to David and to David’s descendent.

 

This does not, in any way, lessen the relevance of Jesus’ birth.  It is undeniable from scripture that God, the Father, created the sperm cell[26] in Mary’s uterus that penetrated her female ovum (egg), and generated the zygote (earliest stage of the fetus).  This means Jesus’ physical body was a composite of Mary’s genetic code, or chromosomes and those created supernaturally by God.

 

Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a blood-relative[27] of Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, and Elizabeth was from the line of Aaron.  Elizabeth’s husband [28] Zechariah was a Levite and a priest, so he too was from Aaron’s line.  Therefore, when Jesus says he is the descendent of David in Revelation 22:16-17a, he is referring to his spiritual relation as David’s offspring, because he was of kindred spirit with David. 

 

Both gospel accounts of Jesus’ heritage or lineage to the throne of David are linked to and through his earthly father Joseph.[29]  (See author’s study, The Genealogy of the Messiah.) Jesus claim that he is the descendent of David, is referring to his kindred spirit with David.  By kindred spirit I mean that Jesus shared the same desire to do God’s will, and was, like David, a man after God’s own heart.  The difference between David and Jesus is that Jesus never sinned, and ALWAYS did the Father’s will, and Jesus did not decay in the grave, as David did.  Instead, God raised Jesus from the dead, by what is described in Hebrews as the power of an indestructible life.

 

The actual fulfillment of the génee of Jesus is found in Acts 13:33-55, especially verses 23 & 54

 

·          Acts 13:22-23 “And after He had deposed him {Saul} from office, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, 'I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.'  23 The God whose seed (spérmatos) according to promise, caused to come forth to Israel a Savior, {namely} Jesus.”   TAT

 

The kinship God ordained between Jesus and David is a spiritual kinship, because both were men after God’s heart, and the actual proof of this is found in verses Acts 13:25-37.  John the Baptist affirmed that he was not the son of David;[30] after Jesus was crucified, God raised Him from the dead, and when God raised Him from the dead it fulfilled His promise to David, that one of his “seed” or “offspring” would ascend to the throne and reign in righteousness forever.

 

·          Acts 13:32-37 “And we preach to you the good news of the promise made to the fathers, 33 that God has fulfilled this promise to our children in that He raised up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm,' Thou art My Son; today I have begotten Thee.' 34 And as for the fact that He raised him up from the dead, no more to return to decay, He has spoken in this way: 'I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.' 35 Therefore He also says in another Psalm, 'Thou wilt not allow Thy Holy One to undergo decay.' 36 For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers, and underwent decay; 37 but He whom God raised did not undergo decay.”  NAS

 

Even John the Baptist’s father Zechariah prophesied that Jesus was the fulfillment, not of the genetic seed of David, but rather, that God had, “raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as he said through his holy prophets of long ago. [31]  Jesus is a descendent of Judah by fulfilling the requirements of man in the flesh, because Joseph’s role as his father is what the Jews used for the criteria, or standard lineage.  Joseph and Mary registered for the Roman census for tax purposes together just before the birth of Jesus.  But his greater fulfillment as David’s descendent is through the indestructible power of a spiritual birth at the resurrection.

 

Jesus is referred to as having sprang forth out of Judah in Hebrews chapter seven, but this is a subjective context, because the same narrative mentions Jesus as being identifiable with Melchizedek concerning his priesthood, and being without human genealogy.[32]  In Hebrews 7:3 the literal translation of agenealogétos, usually rendered "without descent" or "without genealogy."  The Greek term is a compound of three words, the alpha privative a ("without"); this is a prefix like our "un-" and then génee, ("birth, descent, generation, lineage") and legó ("to say, declare").  In other words, the point of the verse is that he was "without declared lineage."

 

The reference to Judah therefore is not associated in Hebrews 7:14 to the promise of David descendant, but rather to Jesus’ role as priest, being of a different order than that of Aaron (Levi).  An examination of the structure and words used for the Greek text of Hebrews 7:14 verify this beyond question.

 

·          Hebrews 7:11-16 Now if perfection, a perfect fellowship between God and the worshiper, had been attainable by the Levitical priesthood--for under it the people were given the Law--why was it further necessary that there should arise another and different kind of Priest, one after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one appointed after the order and rank of Aaron?  12 For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is of necessity an alteration of the law concerning the priesthood as well.  13 For the one of whom these things are said belonged not to the priestly line but to another tribe, no member of which has officiated at the altar.  14 For it is obvious that our Lord sprang (anatétalken) from the tribe of Judah, and Moses mentioned nothing about priests in connection with that tribe.  15 And this becomes more plainly evident when another Priest arises who bears the likeness of Melchizedek,[33]16 who has been constituted a Priest, not on the basis of a bodily legal requirement; an externally imposed command concerning His physical ancestry, but on the basis of the power of an endless and indestructible Life.   AMP

 

 

 

Just as the physical requirement of the Law was canceled because of a better covenant, so too the PHYSICAL requirement that David’s descendant come from the fleshly bloodline is also canceled out in favor of a more perfect and indestructible life.  In Hebrews 7:14 the Greek word for sprang is anatétalken, a word that has been erroneously translated by the NASB and NIV Bibles as descended showing clear doctrinal bias on the part of the translators.

 

Nowhere else in the Bible is the Greek word anatétalken translated as descended; literally anatétalken means to spring up or arise to completion, as in the rising of the sun; the sun is also known in the NT scriptures as the daystar.  This word anatétalken is used elsewhere in reference to the resurrection of Christ and then the way he arises within our spirit to give witness to the inspiration of the written scriptures, testifying they are in fact the very word of God.

 

·          Mark 16:2-6 Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen (anatétalken).  3 And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?”  4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away -- for it was very large.  5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.  6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here.”   NKJV

 

·          2 Peter 1:16-21 We made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty, 17 for He received from God the Father honor and glory, when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”  18 And we heard this voice, which came from heaven when we were with him {Jesus} on the holy mountain.  19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises (anatétalken) in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.  NKJV    

 

It is safe to conclude that Hebrews 7:14 should be rendered differently based on the correct translation of the Greek word anatétalken.  Below the TAT version offers the appropriate translation of this verse:

 

·          Hebrews 7:14 In truth, as the case stands,[34] it is obvious before all men that our Lord reached completion in Judah,[35] then {he} rose up to perfection, into the lineage concerning the priesthood that Moses spoke nothing about.

 

To interpret this verse means that Jesus reached completion in his life of human existence, being supposedly the descendant of Judah, after which he arose to perfection in the power of the resurrection, taking hold of an eternal priesthood that Moses had no knowledge of.  If the TAT of 7:14 is grafted into the text, it makes much more sense:

 

·          Hebrews 7:13-16 For the one of whom these things are said belonged not to the priestly line but to another tribe, no member of which has officiated at the altar.  14 In truth, [36]as the case stands, it is obvious before all men that our Lord reached [37]completion in Judah, then {he} rose up to perfection, into the lineage concerning the priesthood that Moses spoke nothing about.  15 And this becomes more plainly evident when another Priest arises who bears the likeness of Melchizedek,[38] 16 who has been constituted a Priest, not on the basis of a bodily legal requirement; an externally imposed command concerning His physical ancestry, but on the basis of the power of an endless and indestructible Life.  (Amplified with TAT insert of 7:14)

 

The resurrection is said to be the birth of Jesus into David’s spiritual throne and the resurrection is said to be Jesus initiation into the eternal priesthood, after the order of Melchizedek, making him unique in both roles.

 

·          Romans 1:3-4 Concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, 4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord.  NASU

 

In Romans 1:4, the verb rendered declared is the Greek word horizo and it literally means to mark off and is used in the sense of designate and appoint.  As usual the NASU gets key prepositions wrong (e.g., ek means from, out of, on the basis of, but ek never means "by"; however, due to the translator’s practice of reading Paul through Luther's eyes ek is frequently rendered "by" elsewhere.  This passage in Romans 1:4 literally reads, "who was designated Son of God in power, according to [a] spirit of holiness, from resurrection of [the] dead, Jesus Christ the Lord of us."

 

The Spiritual Offspring & The House Of David

The main reason that King David’s genetic seed did not inherit the throne and reign forever in righteousness is simply because each descendant failed to keep God’s covenant with David.  In Psalms 132:11 this is explained so there can be no room for doubt whatsoever that the ONLY true fulfillment of Yahweh’s promise to David and through his spiritual descendant, Jesus.

 

·          Psalms 132:10-18 For Your servant David's sake, turn not away the face of Your anointed and reject not Your own king.  11 The Lord swore to David in truth; He will not turn back from it: one of the fruit of your body I will set upon your [39]throne.  12 If your children will keep My covenant and My testimony that I shall teach them, their children also shall sit upon your throne forever.  13 For the Lord has chosen Zion, He has desired it for His habitation: 14 This is My resting-place forever says the Lord; here will I dwell, for I have desired it.  15 I will surely and abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread.  16 Her priests also will I clothe with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.  17 There will I make a horn spring forth and bud for David; I have ordained and prepared a lamp for My anointed [40]fulfilling the promises of old.  18 His enemies will I clothe with shame, but upon himself shall his crown flourish.    AMP

 

Yahweh desired a permanent resting place for His spirit, and it was NOT going to be in a stone temple built by a king in Israel.  God does not dwell in temples built by men’s hands. God told David, “If your children will keep My covenant and My testimony that I shall teach them, their children also shall sit upon your throne forever.”  David’s children and their children failed, so instead, Yahweh chose Zion for His habitation; Zion would be his resting place forever. 

 

The Hebrew word for Zion means parched place, and Zion became a name synonymous with the City of David, or as its more ancient name Jerusalem.  By the time of the post-exilic prophets, Zion was referred to as the place of the temple mount, or the place where the temple was first built.  The point in consideration that is of greater importance is the spiritual, and Zion is symbolic of the church, the new Jerusalem, the city of God’s redeeming love in Christ, its king.

 

The true house of God will NEVER be a temple built by the Jews in physical Jerusalem, contrary to all the hype and err of Christian prophecy.  The prophetic teaching of the fundamental Christian church has its focus upon physical Israel for the fulfillment of God’s promises to David and his descendant.  What a mistake! 

 

·          Acts 7:44-50 “Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as He appointed, instructing Moses to make it according to the pattern that he had seen, 45 which our fathers, having received it in turn, also brought with Joshua into the land possessed by the Gentiles, whom God drove out before the face of our fathers until the days of David, 46 who found favor before God and asked to find a dwelling for the God of Jacob.  47 But Solomon built Him a house.  48 However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says: 49 'Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. What house will you build for Me? says the LORD, Or what is the place of My rest?  50 Has My hand not made all these things?'”   NKJV

 

·          Isaiah 66:1-2 Thus says the Lord: Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool. What kind of house would you build for Me? And what kind can be My resting-place? 2 For all these things My hand has made, and so all these things have come into being by and for Me, says the Lord.  But this is the man to whom I will look and have regard: he who is humble and of a broken or wounded spirit, and who trembles at My word and reveres My commands. AMP

 

·          Acts 17:24-29 “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.  25 Nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.  26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.'  29 Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man's devising.”  NKJV

 

·          1 Peter 2:4-10 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, "Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame."  7 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone," 8 and "A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense."  They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.  9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.  NKJV

 

The kingdom of God is NOT flesh and blood;[41] it is a spiritual kingdom, and because David’s descendants, along with the rest of fallen Adamic humanity failed to keep covenant, God chose Jesus to fulfill the promise to David.[42]  God was looking for a man after His own heart, one that would always do His will, but He was unable to find anyone from among the descendants of David, so He was forced to generate a new seed through the virgin Mary.

 

Unlike what the Roman Catholic church teaches, and what Christianity has bought lock, stock and barrel, the miraculous birth of Jesus is NOT the focal point of God’s redemptive plan.  The fact that God used Mary’s ovum was only the first step in bringing forth the kingdom of heaven thru David’s descendant.  Now Jesus had to be tried, tested and brought to perfection, so that he could redeem mankind, first by sacrificial propitiation, providing a means of atonement. 

 

Once the atonement was complete, then came the most significant and vital part of God’s plan, the resurrection.  When God raised Jesus up and out from among the dead, it was more than bringing someone back from the dead.  Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead, through the power of his heavenly Father’s spirit; but Lazarus’ resurrection did not provide a resting place for the Almighty Spirit of God.

 

The Father, God, generated something unique when He raised up Jesus.  There was an impartation of authority and an ability to transmit life to the human spirit that was fully realized once he ascended, and then communed with the disciples on the Day of Pentecost.  As mentioned earlier, HE likens the day that He raised Jesus from the dead as the day that Jesus was “begotten” into a position as the TRUE spiritual descendant of David.

 

·          Acts 2:29-35 "Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day.  30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne.  31 Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.  33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.  34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, "'The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand 35 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." ' (from New International Version)

 

While the unbelieving Jews were looking for a Messiah to come[43] and rule over them from the stone temple in Jerusalem, they missed the Lord’s coming to the true and living house of God, the church.  The Jews trusted in the arm of flesh in physical Jerusalem, and the earthly Zion, but Jesus brought to Jew and Gentile alike the NEW Jerusalem, if only they would believe.

 

Zion means a parched place, and for 4000 years the spirits of men were laid waste because of sin and reaped the curse of the Law.  Jesus redeemed mankind from the curse of the Law.  The parched human spirits that believed in his name found rivers of living water flowing from the Spirit of God thru the mediation of the glorified man Christ Jesus.  Jesus then fulfills the requirement of the Law, becoming a priest that mediates at the true altar, thru the offering of his own blood, and he also becomes the inheritor to the throne of David, and reigns as King over the true spiritual Israel, the church.

 

The requirement for each person to experience these living waters of Zion is to recognize and submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, whom God the Father has appointed as heir to the throne of his father David.  When we speak of Jesus Christ as Lord, we are acknowledging that he has a place of dominion in the kingdom of heaven, and that God has appointed and anointed him as the King of kings and Lord of lords.

 

·          Hebrews 12:22-24 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant…   NASU

 

Have you made Jesus the King of your heart?  Is he the Lord and Master of your choices?  Just because you are a professing Christian does not mean that Jesus is sitting upon the appointed place or throne of your heart.  This place is in the making, and just as Jesus was perfected thru obedience in the things he suffered, so to, the true spiritual Zion consists of the spirits of righteous men made perfect.

 

To be the resting place of God’s spirit means that we must make Jesus the descendant of David on our hearts.  David means loving, or to love, and to be a true descendant of David requires that we love one another, as Christ loves us.  To love as he loved requires the willingness to identify with Jesus in his death and resurrection, so that we too can be his spiritual offspring.

 

·          2 Timothy 2:7-11 Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.  8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel, 9 for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned. 10 For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it  eternal glory.  11 It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him. NASU

 

I hope you enjoy this, and it gives you more understanding as to God’s plan and His design thru the intended meaning of His promises to David and His descendent.

 


 

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[1] Acts 13:22

[2] Isaiah 9:6-8

[3] 1 Samuel 17:31-51

[4] Psalms 116:7ff

[5] Genesis 15:5

[6] 2 Samuel 7:12

[7] 1 Chronicles 28:9-20

[8] Matthew 1:1; 9:27; 12:23ff

[9] Psalms 133:1-2

[10] Luke 2:25-39

[11] 167 BC

[12] 2 Samuel 7:1-17

[13] 2 Samuel 7:11b

[14] 2 Samuel 7:12

14 ibid

[15] 2 Samuel 7:13, 16

[16] 2 Samuel 7:14, Acts 13:22-23, 34-37; Hebrews 1:4-9; Psalms 2:7

[17] Hebrews 2:8

[18]

[19] Psalms 132:10-18

[20] Hebrews 7:3

[21] Ruth 4:18-22

[22] Numbers 1:7; 2:3; 1 Chronicles 2:10

[23] Exodus 6:23

[24] Exodus 6:23; Numbers 1:7; 1 Chronicles 2:10-11; Ruth 4:20; Matthew 1:4; Luke 3:32

[25] Numbers 1:2-7

[26] Acts 13:23; Matthew 1:18-20

[27] Luke 1:36 (sungenís – cognate of génee)

[28] Luke 1:5, 8-10, 23

[29] Matthew 1:16,18, 20; 13:55-56; Luke 1:27, 31-37, 55, 69; 2:4, 33 (Amplified)

[30] Acts 13:25

[31] Luke 1:67-70

[32] Hebrews 7:3, 14

[33] Psalms 110:4

[34] Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 2000 by Biblesoft

[35] Ibid.

[36] Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 2000 by Biblesoft

[37] Ibid.

[38] Psalms 110:4

[39] Psalms 89:3,4; Luke 1:69; Acts 2:30,31

[40] 1 Kings 11:36; 15:4; 2 Chronicles 21:7; Luke 1:69

[41] 1 Corinthians 15:50

[42] Matthew 21:9; 22:35-46; Mark 12:35-37; Luke 1:27, 32, 69; 2:4, 11; Luke 6:3-5; 20:41-44

[43] John 7:42