In a recent post entitled, “Predict The Future,” I wrote how the bible is unlike any other book in that it predicts, with 100% accuracy, that which is to come. Today, I will give you an example of prophecy.
In 1 Chronicles 17, we see God tell King David about the kingdom to come, a kingdom established through David.
1 Chronicles 17:11-13 When your days are fulfilled to walk with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from him who was before you,
Some say this speaks only to David’s son, Solomon. Others say that it speaks to him AND the son to come, Jesus of Nazareth. Why? It speaks to Solomon, in part, but not in full. Solomon was clearly a sinful man, especially with regard to his countless wives and his worshipping their foreign gods later in his life. See 1 Kings 11:1-13.
The Lord Is My Shepherd
This example of prophecy certainly doesn’t end there. We could follow the many threads that all point to Jesus. For now, let me show you one that is pretty cool.
If you have seen a Western with a hanging scene, you likely are familiar with this verse:
Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Jesus claimed to be that shepherd, THE shepherd, as in ONLY shepherd.
John 10:14-15 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
Not everyone at the time bought into that claim, but they should have. We should.
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” Acts 17:30-31
We can’t talk our way around the guy who was raised from the dead. Heed these words. Repent! Jesus isn’t asking. It’s a command. By your Creator. This is yet another example of prophecy. He has fixed a day in which he will judge.