The other option for an Old Testament scripture passage was from Daniel – the latter part of the book. It was a prophecy that aligns closely to what the Messiah and the Divine were revealed to be like. But, you know, reading it through the lens of what we know happened – I am just not sure I can write on it without bias. And I do not want to fall prey to bias. I have one eye looking ahead to Advent where verses are wrapped around like Christmas garland and tinsel to make a pretty scene. And I am not quite ready for that either. It is coming, I know. This Sunday that we are coming to is “Reign of Christ” day and heralds the coming of Advent and the end of the extended Pentecost (or Sundays after Pentecost) time. So today, let us settle in with King David and listen to his last and parting thoughts.

Now these are the last words of David: The oracle of David, son of Jesse, the oracle of the man whom God exalted, the anointed of the God of Jacob, the favorite of the Strong One of Israel: . . . “ (II Samuel 23:1)

A nice introduction, makes clear this is David speaking on his own behalf, and not words that are or could be attributed to another cause or purpose.

“The spirit of the LORD speaks through me, his word is upon my tongue. The God of Israel has spoken, the Rock of Israel has said to me: One who rules over people justly, ruling in the fear of God, is like the light of morning, like the sun rising on a cloudless morning, gleaming from the rain on the grassy land.” (Verses 2 – 4)

David speaks to what his inspiration has been, the fear of God, and how ruling correctly and justly over those dependent on him has resulted in good things – peace and harmony. Although much of David’s reign was not always peaceful and harmonious. But, King David was human; and tried his best. And if his actions did not always bear it out, his intentions were good.

“Is not my house like this with God? For he has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and secure. Will he not cause to prosper all my help and my desire? But the godless are all like thorns that are thrown away; for they cannot be picked up with the hand; to touch them one uses an iron bar or the shaft of a spear. And they are entirely consumed in fire on the spot.” (Verses 5 – 7)

David’s covenant with the Divine was everlasting – with David as long as he lasted. And David said if his descendants followed the Lord God Yahweh and the commandments that were set down, it would be so with them also. But good intentions became intentions to pursue only personal good and did not keep in mind the needs of others. The prophets who came after David and his prophet Nathan warned the Israelites time and time again to shape up! But it was not so. And beloved reader, the Divine knew this. Knew it from the moment that Saul was proclaimed king. Or before that when the Hebrews wandered through the desert and wilderness. Or, before that, when they were made captives in Egypt. Or even before that, when Abram was called out of Ur. Or maybe even before that, when Adam & Eve ate an apple. How long did the Creator know? And yes, if the Creator knew then perhaps all the verses and scripture passage that hint at the coming of a Ruler like no other – are really intended to prepare the way. That those who spoke the words and those who heard the words misunderstood is laid at their feet and not those who re-interpret them in light of what, well, came to light.

Daniel said in chapter seven, verses 13 – 14, “ As I watched in the night visions, I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven. And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him. To him was given dominion and glory and kingship, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away, and his kingship is one that shall never be destroyed.”

As you start your preparations for Thanksgiving and the season that comes after, may you look to scripture and ponder it, and may the Holy Presence guide your thoughts. Shalom & Selah!