THE PROMISED HOUSE OF DAVID by Professor Brent Daub is a brief paper recently prepared for Lesson 4, The Church of Jesus Christ: The House Of God, The House Of David, in the ATS Course AD250 The Non-Negotiables Of Apostolic Christianity.
Brent Daub is an Attorney of note actively practicing law in Southern California. He is also the Dean of The School of Christian Civilization for the Apostles Theological Seminary.
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Lesson 4: The Promised House Of David
The apostles understood the powerful imagery and truth found within
the promised house of David. Through revelation, they understood that
the Church is the promised House of God and the restored House of
2 Samuel 7 recounts David’s vow to build God a house and also God’s
promise to David to establish his house forever. David had purposed in
his heart to build God an earthly house or temple as an earthly
dwelling place. Although an amazing feat, the house built by human
hands whose material was stone and mortar would always fail in
comparison to a heavenly house built of spirit and life. The earthly
house built by human hands was only a shadow of the heavenly house
promised by the Father.
Although I had not fully appreciated the idea before this
assignment, it must be more than coincidence that the foundations of
these promised houses were actually built by the sons of those making
the promise. David never saw his promise fulfilled in his earthly life.
Solomon actually built the earthly house promised by his father David.
In turn, Jesus laid the foundation of the spiritual house of David
promised by God the Father.
Where as Solomon imported the finest materials on earth to construct
the earthly temple, Jesus became the first stone, the very corner stone
upon which the spiritual house was built. Solomon built a house like
none before where the Jewish nation could come and worship the Lord.
Jesus became the corner stone upon which the Jewish wall and the
Gentile wall could rest securely, inter-locking into a new nation where
every man could come and worship. David had in mind an amazing
building, the temple, but God had in mind a new creation, the Church.
Furthering the imagery, Jesus searched far and wide for only the
purest men to lay his foundation of the early church. He called only
twelve, and from that few he had an even smaller inner circle. Jesus
called Simon, Peter, meaning rock or stone. Jesus denoted value as this
name meant building block, a stone upon which Christ could use to begin
laying the important foundation for this spiritual construction.
For Jesus was building more than a single structure, a Temple, but
also the Holy City, the true Jerusalem where the spirit of God could
reside with the new creation. The earthly temple had a single priest
who could access the presence of God only on limited occasion, but
Jesus was building an entire nation of priests. This city was built not
of corruptible bricks, but of living stones, righteous men and women,
whose lives would join together into architectural spiritual
masterpieces glorifying God and drawing the nations to the unparalleled
light of freedom, justice, healing, and righteousness.
We know Peter understood this imagery for he writes in 1 Peter 2 “As
you come to him, the living Stone – rejected by men but chosen by God
and precious to him – you also like living stones, are being built into
a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood…” John the Revelator sees a
bit more when he describes the scale and beauty of this spiritual city
as it descends from heaven. This imagery is powerful and is consistent
with new covenant understanding that the earthy is a shadow of the
spiritual. Why are so many distracted from the truth and constantly
looking for a reappearance of an earthly house? That which is human,
physical and earthly is temporary and corruptible, but the spiritual
and heavenly are eternal and indestructible. David’s promise to God was
realized quickly in the human history time-http://www.apostlestheologicalseminary.orgline,
but it soon faded. God’s promise to David was realized later, but it is
still being built, always growing, and new parts of the city under
construction, reflecting each generation’s contribution and value. This
city will not fall apart by natural disaster or human hand. It is for
this city that the early martyrs gladly laid down their earthly lives
for a better citizenship.