1 Chronicles 9-11…The coming of a King.
On the Sunday opening His Passion Week, Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem riding the colt of a donkey. A large crowd gathered. Excitement was in the air. Was this the Messiah for whom they’d been waiting? To show respect, some spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from nearby trees and placed them in front of Jesus.
Shouts rang out. ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Hosanna in the highest!’ (Matt. 21:9). ‘Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!’ (Mark 11:10). ‘Blessed is the King of Israel!’ (John 12:13). In more ways than those present realized, the King had indeed arrived, and He was indeed descended directly from David, the greatest king Israel had ever known.
Have you ever connected Palm Sunday with these chapters of 1 Chronicles? In many ways, the journey to Passion Week started here, as David began his rule over all Israel. Once again, the Word of God delivered by Samuel was fulfilled, though he didn’t live to see it. The anointing of David was realized as he assumed the kingship, first of the south and then of the entire nation.
After Saul’s death, the southern region of Judah confirmed David as king, but the north continued to try to follow the old dynasty. When Abner, the northern military commander, switched sides and joined David, a turning point was reached that resulted in David’s conquest of Jerusalem and rule over all Israel.
David was only 30 years old at the time, but he had already lived an eventful life and waited a long time for God’s promise to be fulfilled. His kingship marked a ‘golden age’ in the history of Israel. More importantly, as we’ve already seen, his family tree will bring to the world God’s gift of His Son, Jesus.