“My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd; and they will walk in My ordinances and keep My statutes and observe them.” Ezekiel 37:24
The prophet Ezekiel outlines in this verse the fact that in the coming kingdom of God that King David of ancient Israel will once again reign over his brethren in the future kingdom of God. How could that possibly be?
Please keep in mind that Ezekiel’s prophecy was made about 450 years after David died. Obviously the resurrection of David and his people will have taken place before this event can come to pass. The entirety of chapter 37 of Ezekiel focuses on the resurrection of “the whole house of Israel” and the fact that David will then rule them.
There are many theological issues to be examined regarding this entire scenario. One of them we must consider is the worthiness of salvation and such a great reward for David. After all, David was one of the biggest sinners in the time of ancient Israel. Remember, he was a warrior and had killed perhaps hundreds of men in warfare; although, that is not necessarily a sin. But, he was certainly a very bloody man, and because of that fact, he was not allowed by the Lord to build the temple.
How about this same David who lustfully took Bathsheba to his bedroom chamber the night he saw her bathing on her rooftop near the king’s palace? Not only did he commit adultery with this married woman, but then he ended up sending her husband, Uriah, into sure death on the battlefield in order to try to cover up his own heinous sin.
How in the world could David be forgiven and be granted kingship over Israel forever?
The pathway to David’s forgiveness and restoration to a righteous relationship with God lay in his also being a big repenter. David sinned big, and he repented even bigger.
As we examine his story and his future, we then can also see that there is real hope for you and for me. We’ve sinned big, and hopefully, we are learning to repent even bigger. David shows us the way in Psalm 51, his prayer of deep repentance over his sins regarding both Bathsheba and her husband, Uriah.
“Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your loving kindness; according to the greatness of Your compassion. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight.” Psalm 51:1-2a
The Rev. Pastor Roger Galstad is pastor at Grace Communion International, Eau Claire.