A divine promise
According to God’s revelation, it is David’s son who would build a “house” for the Lord. It is David’s son whose throne, and kingdom, would be established “forever.” It is the son of David that would become the central figure in an earthly kingdom that would be established and upheld by God Himself. It is the son of David who would live in God’s eternal and permanent love. It is David’s son that would know and experience God, as “His Father,” and God Himself would call David’s son, His very Own Son. It is this Son of David of Whom God promises, “I will set Him over My house and My Kingdom forever.”
With these words we begin to see the depth and scope of God’s promise. We catch a glimpse of the extent of His plan, and the fullness of His handiwork. The promise of God reveals a central figure that would bring the culmination of God’s desire for all of humanity – and for the everlasting establishment of His Kingdom on this earth.
There is no doubt that the initial fulfillment of God’s promise came through David’s son, Solomon. He was the one who built God’s “house” – a glorious temple that became the centerpiece of the people’s worship. Under Solomon’s reign, his kingdom reached a magnitude that was unparalleled in those days. The people of God dwelt more securely and prosperously than ever before, under the reign of this initial “son of David.”
But Solomon’s kingdom was not an eternal kingdom – and Solomon did not remain true in his devotion to God. Solomon was only a partial fulfillment of God’s plan. He is best understood, as a forerunner of One Who would come as the complete fulfillment of God’s promise. As we see so much of the time in the pages of the Old Testament, the fulfillment of God’s promises and the results of God’s work in Old Testament times are but a foreshadow, or a preliminary view, of a greater promise and a greater work to come at a later time. King David was also a “type” of Messiah – his life, a foreshadowing, or a partial fulfillment, of the true Messiah yet to come. In the same way, Solomon, the “son of David” – was a foreshadowing of the true “son of David,” and of an everlasting Kingdom yet to come…