Chapter 3 in The Coming Millennial Kingdom is titled Evidence from Psalm 89. Those who have been reading my blog (the other one actually) know my thoughts on Psalm 89 and how it is imperative for an understanding of the Davidic Covenant. Ronald B. Allen writes this chapter focusing on just that, the Davidic Covenant. It was well written, but I didn’t think it was overly brilliant. The Pre-Millennial position is not proven in this examination, but certain foundational truths are set down which could later contribute to an overall framework.
There was one section which jumped out at me though. After examining many aspects of Psalm 89, the author jumps over to II Samuel 7, which tells the original tale of God’s covenant with David. The author focuses on the phrase which is rendered “And is this the manner of man” from verse 19. He writes:
As Robert P. Gordon observes, the oracle of Nathan is “the matrix of biblical messianism.” Indeed, one verse has a clause that is notoriously difficult to translate that may make this point even more certain. In David’s exquisite prayer of gratitude to God for the covenant he had received (2 Sam. 7:18-29), he said at one point, “And this is the custom of man, O Lord God” v. 19b). The Hebrew word rendered “custom” in the NASB is the familiar word tôrâ , often translated “law,” but better rendered “instruction.” In this environment, the phrasing is monumental: “This is the charter for humanity, O Lord Yahweh.”
It is difficult to overplay the significance of the Davidic Covenant. Eugene H. Merrill writes, “Beyond any question David knew that God had sovereignly chosen him as an instrument through whom He would bring both temporal and eternal blessing to the world.”
Presently we know that Jesus is declared to be the one to fulfill the covenant of David; there is the present anticipation of His return to the earth to assume the throne of the royal house. Presently He is stationed at the right hand of His Father (Ps. 110:1). But one day there will come the command of the Father, “Rule in the midst of the Thine enemies” (vs. 2). At that time the final battle will begin (Rev. 19:11-21), the King will come in His glory, and the kingdom will be established (20:1-6).
So you see, it is just basic theology that we have here. Although that insight about the Davidic Covenant being likened to the tôrâ , or God’s instruction for man, is quite keen. Like I wrote, I’m not overly excited about this book. It’s more just an exercise than anything else.
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