Friday, March 18, 2011

Purpose in Relation to David & the Prophets

David is an iconic figure for a number of reasons. He was the prototypical "good" king of the chosen people. He and his life experience was typical (and therefore prophetic) in so many ways of the coming Messiah. He was a hero who put himself on the line for God's purpose, which makes his story fascinating! He was a prophet-king, a shepherd-king, and God himself testified that David was a man after his own heart.

We need a figure like David among us--an inspirational leader who protects us and leads us into the blessing of God. Someone who can show us passion for God and the obedience of faith. We need a shepherd, a good shepherd. As great a model as David may be, ultimately, he is not up to meeting all that need. It can be met only in a perfectly anointed One, the Son of God, for God alone is good and able.

The Baptist's declaration took that arrow of David and pointed it directly to Jesus of Nazareth. He who would be called the son of David, the Son of Man, and the Son of God brought those disparate streams that revealed something of God's purpose together into the focus of accomplishment. Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and the Prophets were unveiling in part that which could only be met in whole by Jesus Christ.

Through Christ a people would be rescued and raised, reformed in righteousness and enabled to walk with God in the agreement of faith. In Christ, that people would, living stone by living stone, be built into a habitation of God. Becoming like Christ, that people would be embraced in the fullness of Christ, knowing Godbeing one. The splendor of God's purpose only grows in glory as one sees it through the timeless ages God has been bringing it to pass.