The Promised House of David

THE PROMISED HOUSE OF DAVID by Professor Brent Daub is a brief paper recently prepared for Lesson 4, The Church of Jesus Christ: The House Of God, The House Of David, in the ATS Course AD250 The Non-Negotiables Of Apostolic Christianity.

Brent Daub is an Attorney of note actively practicing law in Southern California. He is also the Dean of The School of Christian Civilization for the Apostles Theological Seminary. To enroll in Dr. Daub’s course, “Conflict Management and Resolution in Church Life” being offered for the ATS Summer Quarter, June 3 through September 3, please go online at http://www.apostlestheologicalseminary.org.

Lesson 4: The Promised House Of David

The apostles understood the powerful imagery and truth found within the promised house of David. Through revelation, they understood that the Church is the promised House of God and the restored House of David.

2 Samuel 7 recounts David’s vow to build God a house and also God’s promise to David to establish his house forever. David had purposed in his heart to build God an earthly house or temple as an earthly dwelling place. Although an amazing feat, the house built by human hands whose material was stone and mortar would always fail in comparison to a heavenly house built of spirit and life. The earthly house built by human hands was only a shadow of the heavenly house promised by the Father.

Although I had not fully appreciated the idea before this assignment, it must be more than coincidence that the foundations of these promised houses were actually built by the sons of those making the promise. David never saw his promise fulfilled in his earthly life. Solomon actually built the earthly house promised by his father David. In turn, Jesus laid the foundation of the spiritual house of David promised by God the Father.

Where as Solomon imported the finest materials on earth to construct the earthly temple, Jesus became the first stone, the very corner stone upon which the spiritual house was built. Solomon built a house like none before where the Jewish nation could come and worship the Lord. Jesus became the corner stone upon which the Jewish wall and the Gentile wall could rest securely, inter-locking into a new nation where every man could come and worship. David had in mind an amazing building, the temple, but God had in mind a new creation, the Church.

Furthering the imagery, Jesus searched far and wide for only the purest men to lay his foundation of the early church. He called only twelve, and from that few he had an even smaller inner circle. Jesus called Simon, Peter, meaning rock or stone. Jesus denoted value as this name meant building block, a stone upon which Christ could use to begin laying the important foundation for this spiritual construction.

For Jesus was building more than a single structure, a Temple, but also the Holy City, the true Jerusalem where the spirit of God could reside with the new creation. The earthly temple had a single priest who could access the presence of God only on limited occasion, but Jesus was building an entire nation of priests. This city was built not of corruptible bricks, but of living stones, righteous men and women, whose lives would join together into architectural spiritual masterpieces glorifying God and drawing the nations to the unparalleled light of freedom, justice, healing, and righteousness. 

We know Peter understood this imagery for he writes in 1 Peter 2 “As you come to him, the living Stone – rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him – you also like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood…” John the Revelator sees a bit more when he describes the scale and beauty of this spiritual city as it descends from heaven. This imagery is powerful and is consistent with new covenant understanding that the earthy is a shadow of the spiritual. Why are so many distracted from the truth and constantly looking for a reappearance of an earthly house? That which is human, physical and earthly is temporary and corruptible, but the spiritual and heavenly are eternal and indestructible. David’s promise to God was realized quickly in the human history time-http://www.apostlestheologicalseminary.orgline, but it soon faded. God’s promise to David was realized later, but it is still being built, always growing, and new parts of the city under construction, reflecting each generation’s contribution and value. This city will not fall apart by natural disaster or human hand. It is for this city that the early martyrs gladly laid down their earthly lives for a better citizenship.

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