And in the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-fifth day of the month, Evil-merodach king of Babylon, in the year that he began to reign, graciously freed Jehoiachin king of Judah and brought him out of prison. And he spoke kindly to him and gave him a seat above the seats of the kings who were with him in Babylon. So Jehoiachin put off his prison garments. And every day of his life he dined regularly at the king’s table, and for his allowance, a regular allowance was given him by the king, according to his daily needs, until the day of his death, as long as he lived. Jeremiah 52:31-34 ESV
Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel. And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. . . . When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. . . . And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.” II Samuel 7 8-9, 12-13, 16 ESV
Many years ago a king named Alfonso XIII was the king of Spain. While he was the king, there was a war in Spain, and a man named Franco became the military dictator of the country. While the war was going on, King Alfonso fled from Spain and lived in exile for the rest of his life. The king proclaimed that his grandson, Juan Carlos, would be the heir to the Spanish throne, but it seemed at the time that it would be impossible for Juan Carlos to ever rule in Spain. However, a few years later Franco allowed him to come into Spain and be educated there. The heir to the Spanish throne was kept safe, and while he was still the dictator Franco designated Juan Carlos as the future king of Spain. When Franco died, Juan Carlos claimed his throne and became the king.
When the people of Israel were in exile and Jehoiachin, the heir to David’s line, was a prisoner in Babylon, the hope that David’s line would always continue seemed to die. But after Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, the next king of Babylon took Jehoiachin out of prison and gave him special favor at the king’s court. He didn’t have to wear prison clothes anymore, and had a place of honor at the king’s table. He was given an allowance to provide for his needs until the day he died. Why did Jehoiachin get such special treatment? The Bible doesn’t say, but we know that God was working through the king of Babylon to keep David’s line safe. The Lord had promised that David’s dynasty would last forever, and so God gave special care to the rightful king in exile, Jehoiachin.
God continued to preserve David’s line through history until the time when Jesus, the promised Savior, was born into David’s dynasty. Jesus came to bring everyone who believed in him back to God, our Heavenly Father, and because of his death and resurrection we are God’s people and will live forever in his heavenly kingdom. God’s promise to David has come true through our Savior. Jesus is the King above all kings, and his kingdom will last forever.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for keeping your promise to David and giving us Jesus, our Savior and King. In His Name, Amen.