Read – 1 Kings 2
Focus on verse 2-4
In today’s reading, as David lies on his death bed, he gives some last instructions to his son Solomon.
Be strong, and show yourself a man, and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn, that the Lord may establish his word that he spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’ (v. 2-4)
“If your sons pay close attention to their way…”. It is within this statement that the conditional is issued. IF you do this, you will prosper in all you do, and your sons and grandsons will rule the throne of Israel as long as they walk with the Lord. In other words, the rule of the physical kingdom of Israel is conditional to the keeping of the Law and obedience to God. Interestingly, this caveat does not appear to be present when the Lord promises David that his lineage will rule an everlasting kingdom. (2 Samuel 7:16 ) Perhaps this is because these are two separate, yet intertwined kingdoms. The physical kingdom of Israel is an earthly picture of the spiritual kingdom of God. While the physical kingdom of Israel will come to an end and then be reestablished and then fall away, and be reestablished numerous times as history marches on, the spiritual kingdom of God has never not existed, and will continue to exist for all eternity. Christ is called the King of kings. He is king of the kingdom of God, and someday will also establish His reign on earth.
We are given a few hints in regard to what that reign will look like in some of the apocalyptic portions of the scriptures. While the specifics of what that will look like have been, and continue to be subjects of disagreement among biblical scholars, it does seem clear that at some point God will bring together for eternity that which has always been His kingdom apart from this world with that which is part of His kingdom that has been part of this world.
The most important question in the equation then becomes: Am I part of that kingdom? Have I made Christ “my king”? If we have not made Him king in our own lives, we are not yet part of His kingdom. If we have made Him king, we already are working with Him in the building of His kingdom.