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OUR FUTURE HOPE (Instruction for Mankind)
Thursday, October 7, 2021 by Ron Susek

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OUR FUTURE HOPE
(Instruction for Mankind)
by Ron Susek
@Golden Quill Publications
READ CAREFULLY!
And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord God. You have spoken also of your servant’s house for a great while to come, and this is instruction for mankind, O Lord God!
(2 Samuel 7:19)

 

Ponder this verse in contrast to the endless stream of threatening news bombarding us from every corner of the world. Threats and aggressions are stretching us to the breaking point of war. That mayhem will destroy economies, turn constructions into rubble and end lives.

WWI was the war to end all wars. Turns out, it fused WWII and numerous wars to follow. A satanic madness keeps stirring trouble. Warning against war is never stronger than the craving to conquer.

But there is hope as seen in King David’s encounter with God.

Historic setting: In 2 Samuel 7, David wants to build a house for God.

God replied that David was not to build it. Instead, God was going to build a house for David, one that would bless all of mankind—right down to you!

Recounting God’s blessing that took him from shepherd to king, David calls it a small thing. Compared to creating the universe, it was a small thing. More so, as David sees a bigger picture in God’s words about his future, he says, You have spoken also of your servant’s house for a great while to come.…

In other words, God revealed David’s house impacting the world long into the future. In fact, David’s throne will extend to the end of the Messiah’s thousand-year reign.

Thus, David says, … this is instruction for mankind, O Lord God!

ESV commentators explain those words this way, “…all people can learn about God’s faithfulness and grace from his promises to David.”

Get the picture? This is your future. God will not permit the arrogant attempts of godless men, who are trying to shape us into their image, to end the world (see Revelation 18).

God’s Son is coming soon to rule the world by sitting on David’s throne. His judgments will be just and peace will reign.

Overwhelmed by this revelation, David prayed, “Therefore your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you” (v. 27).

Application: Like David, rise-up in bold, courageous prayer to see God establish His will on earth. Mankind’s madness will not win. God is building the house of David for believers of all time.

This is why David called God’s revelation, “instruction for mankind”—including you!

If you are not certain that you qualify for the kingdom, pray this prayer:

Dear God, on the basis that Jesus died for me, I am trusting Your forgiveness for all my sins. I am asking You to give me the power to live in obedience to Your will from now until I meet You in heaven. I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
      
Always remember, Immanuel: God is with you.
Your friend,
Ron

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