David committed adultery with a woman named Bathsheba and later murdered her husband. He failed to discipline his sons, so rebellion followed. He ignored wise counsel and took a national census to puff up his pride and find strength in numbers. And he wanted to build God a beautiful temple, but couldn’t because he was a “man of blood.”
His son wasn’t much better. Solomon pledged himself to forbidden marriages, and opened his mind to their idol worship—which in turn, led him away from God. He went on to erect temples for these false gods, became oppressive in his reign, and fell hard for money, glory, and extravagance at the expense of others.
Yet, God still used these men to lead His people. Even more so, through their lineage, God would raise up a righteous, obedient Son to take over their throne. His name is Jesus, and He was born into their family tree.
As easy as it is to scoff at David and Solomon for their obvious sins, let’s make sure we see the plank in our own eye first. Because really, we aren’t much different. There are times we lose our patience with our kids, or we’re too tired to discipline them in the way we should. We may have dated someone who doesn’t share our faith. Or we treat our subordinates harshly, and we may fall hard into the rat race, competing relentlessly for power and money.
But there’s hope. Just as God was gracious enough to work through David and Solomon, He is gracious enough to work through us today.
May we take example after David, and when he was confronted with his sin, he ran back to the Lord pleading for forgiveness. Solomon took the longer route, plunging deeper into his sins. Later in Ecclesiastes is when he reflects on those wasted years and returns to one conclusion: Fear God and keep His commandments.
No matter what sins have shaded our past or what sins threaten to strangle over our lives today, we don’t have to waste our years like Solomon. We can run immediately back to the Lord, ask for His forgiveness, and let His grace wash over us. This is the beauty living on this side of His family tree—as daughters and sons of the Lord Almighty, He loves nothing more than a restored relationship with us through the Holy Spirit. We can be forgiven and used for great things to further His Kingdom!
- How does David or Solomon’s story encourage you?
- May this be our prayer, “Thank you, Jesus, for inviting me into your family! Through your sacrifice, you’ve restored our relationship with the Father, so we can be called sons and daughters of the Almighty. What an honor, what a privilege!”
2 Samuel 7:12-13
12 For when you die and are buried with your ancestors, I will raise up one of your descendants, your own offspring, and I will make his kingdom strong. 13 He is the one who will build a house—a temple—for my name. And I will secure his royal throne forever.
The Ancestors of Jesus the Messiah
1 This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of David and of Abraham:
2 Abraham was the father of Isaac.
Isaac was the father of Jacob.
Jacob was the father of Judah and his brothers.
3 Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah (whose mother was Tamar).
Perez was the father of Hezron.
Hezron was the father of Ram.
4 Ram was the father of Amminadab.
Amminadab was the father of Nahshon.
Nahshon was the father of Salmon.
5 Salmon was the father of Boaz (whose mother was Rahab).
Boaz was the father of Obed (whose mother was Ruth).
Obed was the father of Jesse.
6 Jesse was the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon (whose mother was Bathsheba, the widow of Uriah).
7 Solomon was the father of Rehoboam.
Rehoboam was the father of Abijah.
Abijah was the father of Asa.
8 Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat.
Jehoshaphat was the father of Jehoram.
Jehoram was the father of Uzziah.
9 Uzziah was the father of Jotham.
Jotham was the father of Ahaz.
Ahaz was the father of Hezekiah.
10 Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh.
Manasseh was the father of Amon.
Amon was the father of Josiah.
11 Josiah was the father of Jehoiachin and his brothers (born at the time of the exile to Babylon).
12 After the Babylonian exile:
Jehoiachin was the father of Shealtiel.
Shealtiel was the father of Zerubbabel.
13 Zerubbabel was the father of Abiud.
Abiud was the father of Eliakim.
Eliakim was the father of Azor.
14 Azor was the father of Zadok.
Zadok was the father of Akim.
Akim was the father of Eliud.
15 Eliud was the father of Eleazar.
Eleazar was the father of Matthan.
Matthan was the father of Jacob.
16 Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Mary gave birth to Jesus, who is called the Messiah.
17 All those listed above include fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the Babylonian exile, and fourteen from the Babylonian exile to the Messiah.
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