Advent 2011: 4.1 — A Kingdom Established in Love

Throughout this Advent season, my goal is to take each of the four Lectionary readings for each week and write a meditation about each one. Largely my motivation for this is simply that I love the season of Advent, yet there’s also a little bit of hoping that by blogging through this season, I can use it as a means to grieve the recent passing of my Dad.

Week 4: A reading from 2 Samuel (read by Emily)


We’ve now lit the fourth of our Advent candles.  The light of love is burning brightly.  Our first passage this week takes us to the Israel’s Golden Age.  We find ourselves listening in on a conversation between King David and his Creator.  A conversation that establishes forever the Davidic throne.

God has shown immense favor to David as he has progressed in life from lowly shepherd to king.  David now wants to do something special for God.  David loves his God, and wants to build a tangible monument to that love.

God has another plan.

God loves David.  And out of His love makes a promise, “Your family and your kingdom are permanently secured…your royal throne will always be there…”

Wow!

Now, before we get too far into this, let’s remember a little about this guy David.  He lived a messy life.  Adultery, murder, and rebellious kids for starters.  Yet, God blesses him with the promise of an eternal kingdom lineage.  David has a past.  A past that our merciful, gracious, and loving God redeems.

Redemption!  God’s love in action!

What David doesn’t know about this lineage established in God’s promise, is that the eternal kingdom is more than just a physical kingdom.  What David doesn’t know is that there is a King in his line that will redeem the entirety of mankind.

Twenty-eight generations later, we find an angel making a promise to an unwed, soon-to-be pregnant teenager:

And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” — Luke 1:30-33 (ESV)

Immanuel.  Messiah.  King of Kings.

God’s rescue plan for mankind.

God’s love embodied in a Child.

Redemption.

As we progress through this final week of Advent, let us not rush to the manger.  Rather, let us take a minute and remember what has brought us to this point.  We’re messy.  We need redemption.  We need a new Kingdom.  We need a Savior.  We need a Rescue Plan.

And, God, in His eternal love, has one in the works.

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