Foreshadowing is a writing technique that mystery writers frequently use. It gives readers a hint of what is to come and possibly who will be involved. What I find fascinating about this technique is that originally it didn’t apply to fiction. The bible is filled with prophesies and actual events that were designed to help people see Who was coming and how things would happen.
The Old Testament is more than a history book. It is more than a book of law. It is the introduction to God’s perfect plan. Throughout the Old Testament we are given glimpses of a King who is to come and a Kingdom that will last forever. While Saul was still king, God turned His face from him and told Samuel to seek out a new king. Samuel found David, who was the least of the least. Yet God made a covenant with David, telling him that “your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever.” 2 Samuel 7:16 (NASB)
When this happened, it was a hint to the people then, and to us, that David’s offspring would rule Israel and all God’s people forever. Although traditional history tells us that didn’t happen according to earthly ways because we know that Rome conquered all that area, Jerusalem was torn down and the people dispersed over all the earth. So, does this mean that God’s promise was broken? NO!
David made a triumphal entry into Jerusalem when he returned the ark of the covenant. He led the procession! Centuries later, David’s direct descendent Jesus made a triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and He led the procession.
Jesus was welcomed by the people in Jerusalem and celebrated as their King! While we all think we know the end of this story, we sometimes forget that God is faithful and He never breaks a promise. Jesus did die on the cross.
But He rose again and now Jesus is fulfilling the covenant that God made with David, His kingdom is established forever.
Join us tomorrow morning, Sunday April 5, 2020 at 10:55 a.m. We will be holding a live service in the parking lot at 964 W. Hwy 190 and we will be livestreaming on facebook.
Pastor Ann is going to dive deep into how Jesus fulfilled these shadow pictures and what it means for us today.