Tuesday, August 31, 2010

10 Things You May Not Know About David & Prophecy

This window is the oldest complete Tree of Jesse and is in the Chartres Cathedral, 1145

David was an unusual man for his times in so many ways, that I wonder if you understand the magnitude of his life. No king--before or after him--loved God as much...he was a man after God's own heart. And when he failed to please God and sinned, he was humble and contrite, begging forgiveness.

David was not only a king, warrior, and ruler, he was also a prophet. In II Samuel 22:23, as David was about to die, he spoke these words: "The spirit of the Lord hath spoken by me and His word by my tongue." You may learn more about the importance of David & his reign in these 10 facts about his prophecies.
1) David's prophecies are Messianic.
2) David's prophecies refer to the suffering of Christ.
3) David's prophecies refer to persecution of Christ.
4) David's prophecies refer to triumphant deliverance of Christ.
5) David's prophecies refer to the hereditary rights given Jesus by the Father.
6) David's prophecies were written 1,000 years before Christ, but many make reference to and foreshadow Him.
7) David was a king after God's own heart & his qualities are those of the Messiah.
8) Incidents in David's life are regarded as a foreshadowing of the life of Christ:
a) Bethlehem is the birthplace of David and Jesus
b) the shepherd life of David points to Jesus, the Good Shepherd
9) Both David and Christ were betrayed by friends and had to make a sad passage.
10) The Davidic Psalms are clearly typical of the future Messiah, of which David was a type.
In the Psalms, David speaks as a prophet, which his last words acknowledge. Many of the 100 direct references to Jesus in Messianic passages of the Psalms are quoted in the New Testament. They are used to explain the character and message of Jesus as Messiah and refer to all of the above. When we think of David, we should remember that he was a man after God's own heart, and a type of the Messiah.
I hope everyone is having a good week.

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