1 Kings 15 … Consider the Lamp of His Lineage

But for David’s sake the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, to raise up his son after him and to establish Jerusalem; because David did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the case of Uriah the Hittite, (15:4-5).

The nation had been divided by civil war. And while the royal lineage of the southern kingdom of Judah was preserved, the northern kingdom of Israel passed the crown within some nine to ten families. There were assassinations, secessions, conspiracies and coups, overthrowing and replacing a ruling family and transferring the royal line to a new household. As the saying goes, “to the victor goes the crown.”

But God had sent forth His Word; the kingdom of Judah would be established forever to be ruled by one from the line of David.

“Now therefore, thus you shall say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts…12 When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever…16 Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever,”’” (2 Samuel 7:12-16).

Consider the Lamp of His Lineage

But for David’s sake the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, [1] to raise up his son after him and [2] to establish Jerusalem; [3] because David did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and [4] had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, [5] except in the case of Uriah the Hittite, (15:4-5).

For David’s sake, for the promise the LORD Himself had made to David, God would remain faithful to His Word; and the Lamp of His Lineage would be fully realized in His Son, the promised Messiah and Savior of the world.

  •  [1] The Lamp of His Lineage, raised up in His Son.
    • “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end,” (Luke 1:31-33).
  • [2] The Lamp of His Lineage, established in Jerusalem.
    • For the Lord has chosen Zion [Jerusalem];
      He has desired it for His habitation.
      14 “This is My resting place forever;
      Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
      15 “I will abundantly bless her provision;
      I will satisfy her needy with bread,
      (Psalm 132:13).
    • And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:2-4).
  • [3] The Lamp of His Lineage, always doing right.
    • “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord,
      “When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch;
      And He will reign as king and act wisely
      And do justice and righteousness in the land.
      “In His days Judah will be saved,
      And Israel will dwell securely;
      And this is His name by which He will be called,
      ‘The Lord our righteousness,’”
      (Jeremiah 23:5-6).
  • [4] The Lamp of His Lineage, never turning aside from anything that the Lord commanded.
    • And He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch.” 35 And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground and began to pray that if it were possible, the hour might pass Him by. 36 And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will,” (Mark 14:34-36).
  • [5] The Lamp of His Lineage, obedient without exception.
    • For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin, (Hebrews 4:15).

How do we respond to the Lamp of His Lineage?

God has sovereignly directed the course of history, securing the Lamp of His Lineage for all who believe and place their faith in Him. And when we surrender our lives to Christ in faith, the most miraculous event transpires for every believer. We are chosen for adoption into His family, to be conformed to the image of His Son, to bear our adopted family resemblance, and to live as a lamp of His Lineage.

  • Chosen for Adoption:
    • just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved, (Ephesians 1:4-6).
  • Conformed to His Image:
    •  For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; (Romans 8:29).
  • Bearing our Adopted Family Resemblance:
    • The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly, (1 Corinthians 15:47-49).
  • Living as a lamp of His Lineage:
    • “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven,” (Matthew 5:14-16).

And we know, being His adopted children doesn’t make life easy. In fact, often it may appear even more difficult. Scripture does not shy away from the reality of trials, hardships and suffering in this life.

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world,” (John 16:33)

But like Jesus, when faced with adversities too great to carry, we too can cry out to our Abba Father in confidence and faith that all things are possible for Him. And as we grow in our love relationship with our Abba Father, Who has chosen and adopted us, let us pray He would grow us by His Spirit to desire that His will, above all else, be done in our lives.

And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will,” (Mark 14:36).

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15).

Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” (Galatians 4:6).

May we grow in our trust in our Abba Father and in confident faith that His will is perfect, and He is faithful to fulfill His promise. Let us gain strength and be encouraged as we fix our eyes on Jesus, the Light of the World and Lamp of His Lineage.

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life,” (John 8:12).

 “that God has fulfilled this promise to our children in that He raised up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, ‘You are My Son; today I have begotten You,’” (Acts 13:33).

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:2-3).

Let’s Grow Together!

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