Day 17

O Come, Eternal King

2 Samuel 7:1-17, Jeremiah 23:5-6, Isaiah 11:1-10, Luke 1:30-33

BY Guest Writer

It would be nice if every person we encountered were able to be perfect in some way. The perfect friend, the perfect spouse, the perfect leader. In fact, we often kid ourselves by being shocked or outraged when we witness the failings of others—as if any of us could ever live up to the impossible standard of perfection.

Take David, for example. For years, the Israelites had been led by God, first out of Egypt, then in the wilderness and finally in the Promised Land. Yet after God had repeatedly provided for them in miraculous ways, they were unhappy. They looked to the left and right and saw that other nations had kings who led them into battle and who sat on thrones, calling the shots from their platforms. Restless for representation, they demanded a king.

Israel’s first king, Saul, was exactly what the people thought they wanted—strong and charming and accomplished by the world’s standards. But his heart was cold and distant from God. Next came David, who would be known as a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). He was faithful to God but still fallen and capable of messy, heartbreaking sin. David was a great king, but he was far from perfect. His shortcomings only pointed to Israel’s need for an eternal king—the ruler who would be perfect where other kings had been flawed.

The nation’s longing was answered in the angel’s proclamation to a wide-eyed young virgin named Mary. He told her, “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David” (Luke 1:31–32). In Him, God has established His eternal kingdom, which will never end (v.33).

In the person of Jesus, God has given us the perfect King. Jesus lived the perfect, righteous life and died a sacrificial death in order to rescue us from the crushing weight of sin. He is precisely who He says He is, and while we do not deserve Him, He is exactly who we need. As we long for His return to this earth, may we celebrate His first coming during this season of Advent with gratitude, inviting Him to reign in our hearts.

Melissa Zaldivar is a social in the world of academics and an academic in the world of socials. Ever the Enneagram Six, she likes to dream big, talk herself out of it, and then just do the thing already. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Bible/Theology as well as a Master’s in Theology. Her passions include eating Jimmy John’s sandwiches, showing people pictures of her nieces, and nerding out over biblical languages.

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57 thoughts on "O Come, Eternal King"

  1. Jennifer McElhannon says:

    How incredibly lucky are we?! Honestly! We get the eternal love from Christ! What could be better than that?!

    Both Saul and David were imperfect rulers during their time. Each of them knew their flaws and knew there was ways to improve. Yet at the end of each day, they still knew that there was no way for them to be perfect and without blemish.

    And when our savior and redeemer came along, He filled the gaps where the imperfections were. He lived a life on earth without blemish so that we can have everlasting life through his ultimate sacrifice. For while we had these judges during the Old Testament and times that were sufficent, it isn’t until our day of Atonement that we will receive the ultimate judging from God. How prepared are you going to be for that day?

  2. Gabi Haw says:

    I love how the devotion ends on Christmas as a season of gratitude. We received the most outstanding gift of our vast creator taking on the humble state of a babe. I am overcome with thankfulness and overcome by the God we serve. Merry Christmas everyone, may this season be a season of gratitude!

  3. Steph C says:

    You know what strikes me most about this story? David had a good idea. And he wanted to do this great thing for God. Out of what seems to be good motives. But God said, “no, that’s not what I have for you”. David’s response is what gets me. He didn’t say, “fine then. See if I ever try to do something for you again”. And he didn’t say, “if I can’t do it no one can”. He accepted it. And he tried to help get everything ready for the one who would accomplish it. That’s God at work in Him. That’s not of this world.

  4. Maria Baer says:

    “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.” This moment of the Nativity always makes me think of Mary, a teenager. Can you imagine an angel appearing to you and telling you that you will carry and give birth to the Son of God? All this weight on her tiny shoulders. But what a heart for God she must have had to gladly accept without questioning. I’d like to think that I’d be that strong but honestly, at that age I’m not sure I would’ve been. Thank you , God for choosing her. Thank you, Mary for saying YES GOD!!!

  5. Valerie Luther says:

    “Inviting Him to reign in our hearts”. Wow. That’s exactly what I need to invite God to do. Sometimes things feel incredibly complicated until I read that and I realize that He really is enough, we just have to invite him in.

  6. Sara Lindauer says:

    And His resting place will be glorious -Isaiah 11:10.
    Love that!

    1. Rebekah Amaral says:

      Yes me too ☺️

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  8. Claire Bills says:

    I long for this And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord .
    Isaiah 11:2 NLT
    Lord send your spirit on us all now. That we may be your servers here on earth as we await your return. When you will make all things new and perfect once more.

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