A Hope for Gentiles Too

One question looms over all of this series on 2 Samuel 7 doesn’t it? How can such a glorious promise made to Israel mean anything to gentiles like us? Most of us in this room do not come from Israelite origin, we are not Jews, we do not grab hold of the covenant promises of Israel by physical birth. Well, this promise is the only hope for gentiles like us, and it is not an over-statement to say that this same promise made to David, of a coming King, is the only hope of every gentile on the planet. How is this so?

Amos 9:11 says this, “In that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old, that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the gentiles who are called by my name, declares the Lord who does this.” Do you see what this means for us? It means that in the promise made to David in 2 Samuel 7:8-16 God had in view a larger house and kingdom much bigger and much greater than only Israel! He had gentiles in view here! He had every nation and every people and every langauge and every tribe in view. This is a worldwide kingdom, remember the promise of Isaiah, “…of His kingdom, and of the increase of His government there will be not end.” Likewise Revelation 11:15 says, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”

This hope for Gentiles is made even more clear when we remember what Jesus did at the last supper. Remember what He said when He held up the cup? “This cup is the New Covenant in my blood.” This means that through His blood Jesus purchased, He bought, all the covenant promises of old for those who’ll one day trust in Him. We know this because 2 Corinthians 1:20 says “All the promises of God find their YES in Christ Jesus.” Therefore if you’re in Christ, if you’ve trusted Him and placed your faith in Him all the promises God has ever made are yours and you can hold on to them as tightly, find hope in them, feel the sovereign strong power of God promising to do good to you, now! Romans 8:32 also, “For He who did not spare His own Son but have Him up for us all, won’t he with Him graciously give us all things?” The “all things” in view include all the covenant promises of old, they aren’t just for Old Testament saints, or for believing Jews, all the promises are pulled forward and applied to the Church, applied to you, and applied to me. And specifically, you and I can now go to 2 Samuel 7, read of the promise of a coming King and rejoice that your King has come, He is Lord of Israel, Lord of India, Lord of China, Lord of Kenya, Lord of Columbia, and He is now pursuing gentiles who are called by His name in every tribe, language, people, and tongue – even people in Newton county.

So I end with a call to you, post-modern 21st century Americans from two places in Scripture:

Isaiah 55:1-3, “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.”

Revelation 22:16, “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star. Come, let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.”

After David heard the promise, the first thing our of his mouth was, “Who am I and what is my house that you O Lord would do such marvelous things for me?!” Perhaps God has brought you to that same point in life, and you have cried out in a similar manner after seeing your sin and beholding what Jesus did for us on the cross. And then perhaps you haven’t, I pray you would.

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