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Advent Readings: Day 5

For this Advent season we offer you a Bible reading for each day which points to the first coming of the Lord Jesus at Christmas and his return in glory!

Psalm 132:10-16

10For the sake of your servant David,
do not reject your anointed one.

11The LORD swore an oath to David,
a sure oath he will not revoke:
“One of your own descendants
I will place on your throne.
12If your sons keep my covenant
and the statutes I teach them,
then their sons will sit
on your throne for ever and ever.”

13For the LORD has chosen Zion,
he has desired it for his dwelling, saying,
14“This is my resting place for ever and ever:
here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.
15I will bless her with abundant provisions;
her poor I will satisfy with food.
16I will clothe her priests with salvation,
and her faithful people will ever sing for joy.

A few comments

These are rather troubling verses because they are conditional. God explicitly says that his covenant, his binding promise to David’s descendants requires them to keep their side of the bargain. They must obey the covenant with God. You don’t have to read very far into the books of 1 & 2 Kings to see how well that worked out… But there is hope here too. God’s covenant requires the obedience of the king, but all Israel will prosper if the king does indeed obey.

Point for Prayer

Praise God that king Jesus obeyed God perfectly. That means that if we trust in him, we share in the benefits of his obedience. We don’t have to keep the law perfectly to remain in covenant – in relationship – with God. Jesus our king has done it for us.