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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

David had shed much blood, which was urged as an objection to his doing more than collecting the materials; which his son should put together after his decease.

At this time the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying, "Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the Lord, Thou shalt not build me a house to dwell in.

But the Lord telleth thee that he will make thee a house".

What follows is an explanation of what is meant by this.

"And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.

He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever.

I will be his Father, and he shall.

be my son.

Even in suffering for iniquity I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes due to the children of Adam.

But my mercy shall not depart away from him as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.

And thy house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever".

These promises are styled "an everlasting covenant, even the sure mercies of David".

There can be no doubt to whom they refer, for the apostle has applied them to Christ.

In his last words, David thus expresses himself concerning them: "The God of Israel spake to me, saying, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

And he (the Just One) shall be as the light of the morning when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.

Although my house be not so with God: yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure: for this is all my salvation and all my desire, although he make it not to grow".

This covenant of the throne and kingdom was David's desire and salvation, because it promised him a resurrection to eternal life, in the assurance that his house, kingdom, and throne, with God's son and his son, one person, sitting upon it, should be established in his presence for ever.

"I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, saving, Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations.

He shall cry unto me, Thou art my Father, my God.

and the Rock of my salvation.

Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.

My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing which has gone out of my lips.

Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.