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“But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever” (2 Samuel 7:15,16).
The Lord promised David that His house will be established forever but God’s promise was conditional. The blessings to David and His children were dependent on their faithfulness to the Lord. The Lord promised the son of David the following “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 statutes and My judgments, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man on the throne of Israel’” (1 kings 9:4-5).
And the Lord added, “But if you or your sons at all turn from following Me, and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them; and this house which I have consecrated for My name I will cast out of My sight. Israel will be a proverb and a byword among all peoples” (1 kings 9:6,7).
Man has the freedom to choose God and be blessed or reject God and miss out on His blessings. God’s hands are tied by man’s choices; He has no alternative but to reward every man in harmony with his choices. But He promises that if we choose goodness we will be blessed “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matt. 6:33).
Because of the failure of David’s literal descendants to follow the Lord, these important promises will be ultimately fulfilled through Christ to His NT church ““Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely; now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS” (Jeremiah 23:5,6; Jeremiah 33:14–21 and also Isa. 9:6, 7).
In His service,
The BibleAsk Team