Psalm:72
Old Testament: Isaiah 28:9-22
New Testament:Revelation 21:9-22

May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
give deliverance to the needy,
and crush the oppressor. (Psalm 72:4)

Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.’ And in the spirit* he carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. It has the glory of God and a radiance like a very rare jewel, like jasper, clear as crystal (Rev. 21:9-11)

In Advent and Christmas we hear a lot about Jesus being from the line of David. What is so important about this royal figure??? Aside from Israel’s greatest military leader, he is also portrayed as a fair ruler who was incredibly devoted to YHWH.

The story of David and the righteousness attributed to his person are more than just character traits. They point to something much more important in terms of the Biblical narrative.

The king was not only supposed to be a ruler…but was supposed to lead the nation in the worship and praise of God. That’s why we have David and Solomon presiding at major festivals and sacrifices in the two books of Kings.

The monarchy was meant to represent the strong bond of the eternal covenant between YHWH amd his chosen people. A look ahead to the time when God’s purposes and humanity’s purposes will coincide.

The earthly Temple and the earthly Jerusalem are only reflections of what God has in store for us. He wants us to be his bride. He wants us to enter not only into a contractual agreement with him…but into a loving marriage.

We don’t play up that image very often in the Church….but perhaps it’s one we ought to think about a little more. God doesn’t just want our intellectual assent and belief. He ants us to be in relationship with Him….and for us to form a bond together that shall never be broken. +