As we read the Bible, we can see a consistent theme running throughout: that God desires ALWAYS to do good to His people. As we follow Christ obediently, by faith, we are one of God’s people. Furthermore, He has decreed that His throne and His kingdom shall prevail forever.
Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever. (2 Sam 7:16 NIV)
. . . 10 since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel. Also I will subdue all your enemies. Furthermore I tell you that the Lord will build you a house. 11 And it shall be, when your days are fulfilled, when you must go to be with your fathers, that I will set up your seed after you, who will be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He shall build Me a house, and I will establish his throne forever. 13 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son; and I will not take My mercy away from him, as I took it from him who was before you. 14 And I will establish him in My house and in My kingdom forever; and his throne shall be established forever.” (1 Chron 17:10-14 NKJV)
The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. (Ps 103:19 CEB)
A throne will be established in mercy. In the tent of David a judge will sit on the throne in truth, seeking justice, eager to bring righteousness. (Isa 16:5 EHV)
Why should God’s promise to establish a throne forever be good news to us? Here are a few points for your meditation and reflection.
- God, who knows EVERYTHING, is on our side. (Ps 118:6-7 ESV; Heb 13:5)
- God, who is ALL POWERFUL, is 100% for us. (Ps 56:9b; Isa 41:10; Mt 28:20)
- God is all-wise, and He shares His wisdom with us through His word. (Ps 111:10; Pro 2:6; Lk 21:15; Jas 1:5)
- God has good plans for each one of us. (Jer 29:11; 1 Cor 2:9)
- God is our healer. (Ex 15:26; Ps 30:2; Jer 30:17; 1 Pet 2:24)
- The Lord fights for us. (Deu 3:22; 20:14; Josh 23:10)
- The Lord has given us the victory. (Deu 20:4; Rom 8:37; 1 Cor 15:57; Col 2:15; 1 Joh 5:4)
God’s plans for us are good. He not only fights on our side, but He has already given us the victory! Hallelujah!
As Christians, we belong to Jesus Christ. Once we accepted Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we became a member of His family. He remains our Lord from that moment on into and throughout all eternity. How blessed we are!
For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. (Rom 14:9 NIV)
But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. (1 Pet 4:5)
The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all— (Ac 10:36)
Jesus Christ is the Lord of both the living and the dead—and there is no conflict in His role. He is Lord of ALL.
Jesus created everything that exists and because of that, no one can claim any authority over creation or over mankind other than Him. (See Exodus 19:5)
When the Scriptures speak of Jesus being the Lord of both the living and the dead, it is addressing the fact that Jesus is the Lord of all people:
- Those who are spiritually dead and those who are spiritually alive;
- Those who are physically dead and those who are physically alive.
Jesus’ perfect sacrifice reconciled us to our Father God, and brought peace between us and the Father. Jesus has established the ministry of reconciliation. Glory to God!
How much more do we (all born-again believers) belong to Jesus since He has ransomed us from sin and from satan?
There is a prophecy in Isaiah that reminds us that we have everlasting joy bestowed upon us:
So the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (Isa 51:11) Glory to God!
He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. (SOS 2:4 NKJV)
In the Bible, many times when the word banner is used, it is referring to a flag. Armies carry flags and kingdoms display flags to identify and declare several things:
- The identity of the King who rules in a certain country and in whose name a particular army fights;
- The identity of the kingdom to whom an army has pledged its loyalty and steadfastness;
- The identity of the kingdom that has supplied (and will continue to supply) an army;
- The identity of the King and the kingdom which will protect an army or a country.
In the instance of the verse shown at the top of this article, the word banner has additional implications to those mentioned above:
- The King signified by this banner is King Jesus (the King of Kings and Lord of Lords), who has established His banner, authority, and might in LOVE;
- The Kingdom that displays this banner of love not only supplies food, armaments, and other supplies but it also supplies grace to its army and to its people;
- This banner represents a Kingdom of loveliness, security, unity, and loyalty;
- One of the seven names of God, Jehovah Nissi, means “The Lord our Banner.” (Exodus 17:14-15) The Bible reminds us that God is love. (1 Joh 4:8, 16b) Praise the Lord that His banner over us is love!
In John Gill’s Exposition on Song of Solomon 2:4, he says: “ . . . the covenant of grace and the Scriptures of truth may be thought of as a banqueting house, well stored with blessings, and promises, and rich provisions; which, to be led and let into, is a singular kindness . . .”
As the children of God, we are a blessed people and I recommend thinking about this at length.