MONDAY November 30, 2020
Peace without End
…Of the increase of His government and peace?there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Solomon’s reign was peaceful, but after his death, his kingdom became divided. Rehoboam, his son, ruled over the southern tribes of Benjamin and Judah, while Jeroboam ruled the other ten tribes (1 Kings 12:16-17). Sadly, later in history, Solomon’s temple and the walls of Jerusalem would be destroyed. The people of Israel, along with Solomon’s riches, would be carried away into a long Babylonian captivity (2 Kings 24-25).
With this unthinkable devastation, how would God accomplish His promise to King David? Who would sit on the throne? Would there ever be a lasting, peaceful reign in the future? It is important to understand that, throughout the history of Israel’s kings, the royal bloodline of King David continued. Remember, the scarlet cord wove its way gracefully through the lives of five women. Tamar, who acted as a prostitute, Rahab a prostitute by trade, Ruth a cursed Moabitess, Bathsheba, referred to as, the wife of Uriah, and Mary, a young virgin (Matthew 1:1-6,16).
Mary was poor and humble. She lived in the insignificant town of Nazareth. Mary was betrothed to Joseph, an ordinary carpenter. Both Mary’s and Joseph’s families were linked directly to the lineage of King David (Matthew 1:1-17; Luke 3:23-38). Jesus, the Prince of Peace, would be born of Mary. He is God, the King of Kings, who will establish the throne of David forever (Luke 1:32).
There are still so many distressing wars happening in our world today, but imagine, at the end of the age, Jesus Christ will reign, and there will be no more war––just peace without end.
He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore.