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. Katie Zwonitzer says:

    Reading this devotional late because I fell behind in doing it before Christmas, and I am hit with the realization, “Quit trying to be perfect!” I put so much pressure on myself, and end up with so much guilt. God is perfect. Jesus is perfect. I don’t have to be, and CAN’T be. What a relief.

  2. Sylvia Brown says:

    I had to look twice at that verse also as I read it this morning. God’s instructions to Nathan were that Solomon would build the Temple, not David, as David had expressed wishes to do so.

  3. Kaitlin Akvan says:

    Hi all!

    This is my first post on SRT. I have a question about this first passage. I know that this is a minor detail, but it intrigues me all the same. In 2 Samuel 7:12-16, at first, I thought it was a reference to Jesus. However, it says in verse 14, “I will be his father and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will discipline him with a rod of men and blows from mortals.” (My Bible is CSB)

    Any thoughts about this?

    1. Krystyn Carey says:

      It is a double reference, which often happens with prophesy in the Old Testament. It refers to Solomon, but also foreshadows Jesus.

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