9 And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!" - Mark 11:9-10
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Because the kingdom of David is mentioned here, it’s important to stop and reflect on its significance. Why were they so intent on mentioning the kingdom of David?
Because God made a covenant with David all the way back in 2 Samuel 7:25-16 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me; your throne shall be established for ever." Take note - forever is used three times in just two passages. The covenant between God and David does not merely say David’s line will rule a long time here on earth, He is saying David’s descendent will reign for ever.
This promise became central to Israel’s hope. God promised to establish David’s line forever. All of eternity is being shaped with that promise. Though they endured centuries of consequences for their disobedience, by their king and of their king they held on to the truth that God had promised that the throne of David would be established forever. Israel knew eventually God would raise up a righteous and obedient king to finally take the throne after a succession of imperfect Kong’s who could never fulfill the promise.
We also know this promise belongs to us as Gentiles. We read in Amos 9:11 After this I will return and I will build the dwelling of David which is fallen; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up, that the rest of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by my name. Because of these words, even though we are not Israelites, we are included in the promise. We get to be subjects of Christ’s kingdoms forever if we merely transfer our allegiance from the kingdom of this world to the kingdom of Christ.
No wonder they were celebrating the day Jesus came into Jerusalem. Though they may have been mistaken about His ultimate mission, they were hopeful because they knew God made a promise and they believed it to be true. They greeted Him with the complete confidence that they would be part of the realization of the promise to David, that all of the mercy and faithfulness that God offers as He promises to bind Himself forever to them was theirs.
That eternal covenant is ours for the asking as well. We have access to an eternal promise from the King of Kings. But how often we take that promise for granted. Remembering what He has done for us should drop us to our knees in humble gratitude every single day of our lives.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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