Friday, July 17, 2009
The Key of David
20 ‘ Then it shall be in that day, That I will call My servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah; 21 I will clothe him with your robe And strengthen him with your belt; I will commit your responsibility into his hand. He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem And to the house of Judah. 22 The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; So he shall open, and no one shall shut; And he shall shut, and no one shall open. 23 I will fasten him as a peg in a secure place, And he will become a glorious throne to his father’s house. (Isaiah 22:20-23)
The Holy Spirit later takes up part of this prophecy and applies it to the Lord Jesus Christ:
“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens” (Revelation 3:11)
It is very challenging to face change. Everything familiar melts away, and all kinds of thoughts flood your mind relating to potential catastrophe and failure. What if this and this happens? What if that eventuates?
Here the Lord rebukes such thinking. If God be for us, who can be against us?
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
“ For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:31-39)
Jesus has the key of David. That which Jesus closes, cannot be opened, and that which Jesus opens cannot be closed. Our destinies are in the hands of Him Who loved us and gave Himself up for us. Nothing can come our way that does not come, primarily, from the loving hand of our Heavenly Father.
27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:27-29)
The loving Heavenly Father sends all things our way to shape our character, and mould us into the image of His dear Son, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
All praise and glory to Him and to Him alone!