Now some might say that the Old Testament is not as relevant today. After all we’re living under the new covenant, Christ rose from the dead; therefore, all things have become new. But can you actually watch the last 15 minutes of a movie or read the last chapter in a book and really know the complete story?
The Chronicles, Books 1 and 2, cover a span of about 550 years. They’re sacred scripture, not the detailed step-by-step historical proceedings of the time. Rather, they’re primarily interpretive of the actions of the living God in the affairs of humankind during this time. Stretching from the first King, who was Saul, (1 Samuel 9:15) to the return from Exile (2 Chronicles 36:22-23). The focus is on the Southern Kingdom of Judah; significantly so, because the Davidic line (1 Samuel 7:16) is from Judah and the Tribe of Benjamin. David’s religious and cultic influence, and the Temple built by Solomon lays the underpinnings of importance – the nation whom God raised up from Abraham. Their roots, the causes of their failure and what they needed to hold on to in spirit and in hope – Jerusalem, the city of David, the Temple, where God said He would make His presence live with the people; albeit, the Davidic lineage of the King.
When Nebuchadnezzar invaded Judea burning down Solomon’s temple and taking the tribes of Judah and Benjamin into captivity, the unbroken line of Davidic kings ruling Judah came to an end. From that point on any future son of David would be born from David’s own broadening genetic lineage. For this reason, the genealogy of David was carefully noted among the Judeans. The coming Prophets began to speak of the differences that distinguished Nathan’s promise (2 Samuel 7:5-6, 12-13) of a permanent royal monarchy under a son of David and the Hebrew expectation for a Messiah.
These are just a few of the messianic prophecies. The Messiah would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), fulfilled in Luke 1:31-35. The Messiah would be the great light (Isaiah 9:1-2), fulfilled in Matthew 4:13-16. The Messiah would bring in a new covenant (Jeremiah 31:31), fulfilled in Mark 14:24. The Messiah would be the Son of Man (Daniel 7:13-14), fulfilled in John 3:13-14. The Messiah would be called out of Egypt (Hosea 11:1), fulfilled in Matthew 2:13-15. The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), fulfilled in John 7:40-43.
God’s people desire to return home and to worship in the presence of the King. The Messiah will speak of us as, “the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14) and Paul speaks of us as “the bride of Christ” (Ephesians 5:23-32) – the Church. Ain’t it so!