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The King that Points to the King

David’s life and reign provide poignant moments to see clearly God’s ultimate Shepherd and King. Such is the case in 2 Samuel 5. Listen in as Todd directs our attention to the real hero of this passage, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon Transcript

Have you ever been somewhere local or distant, you're walking down the sidewalk or maybe you're on a tour or maybe you're just vacationing on the beach, it could be anywhere, and you see someone and they remind you of someone else? Have you ever had that happen? Most of you probably have, and if you're with your family or maybe some friends, sometimes you say, "Oh, look at, they remind me of," and you mention that person's name. So Julie and I have been finding this happening more and more as we get older, by the way. I think the catalog of faces that you kind of build up, it gets larger and we see a lot of your long-lost relatives that you don't know you have all over this country. We saw some yesterday. We were touring the historic homes at Sherman Hill district yesterday. It was a fun time and went to the tour of the Woodlands Cemetery down there off of MLK and some interesting history of Des Moines. It was just a lot of fun hanging out together and it's amazing the folks we saw that we're like, "Man, she has a sister she didn't even know she had. It looks just like her." Then Scott and other people. It's amazing how you just keep seeing people that look a lot like other folks you know.

This happened in San Antonio as well. We were down there last January and we were walking the river walk and we have found as we are married longer and get to know each other more deeply, we have the same thought at the same time. I'll look at her and I'll say, "That looks like Brad." She goes, "I was thinking the same thing." You know, we're laughing. In fact just this week it happened. My daughter, my oldest daughter, she has three kids. She has been saying for a while, "Man, dad, Brice looks a lot like you." I don't know if I saw it until she posted this picture. Here's little Brice, one of our grandsons, and then she posted this other picture beside it and said, "Poppa Jr.," or something like that. Twin Poppa. And for the first time I'm like, "Yeah, he does kind of look like me, doesn't he?"

So sometimes you just run into situations where you're like, "That really reminds me of someone else." With that as a backdrop, I want you to kind of think about how David in this week's story will remind us of Jesus, alright? This is really the whole point of Episode 3. We're in this series called "The Kings and the King" and here it is season 2, 2 Samuel, and in this episode I need you to make sure you don't just see the smaller picture, we'll call it. I want you to see the larger picture. In fact, if you leave today and think, "Wow, that's pretty awesome about David," then you didn't hear the message. I didn't either present it well, we missed something, because I want you to leave saying, "Wow, Jesus is awesome." Okay?

So take your Bibles and locate 2 Samuel 5 and I want you to see two pictures today. Yes, we'll see one of David but I want you to see how the Bible really paints this picture in a way that I think highlights and ultimately showcases our real King. So this week's episode: "The King that Points to the King." This may be one of the chapters in this series that I think best does that job. We see it all through the narratives but this one here today especially does that.

Let me walk you through the chapter in general and kind of show you the large divisions. I'll show you some titles. At a certain point, we'll kind of lump some things up in a single sentence. I'll take a few questions if you have some, so feel free to text them in. We'll answer what we can and then I'll give you one last application before we're done today, okay?

Here's how the chapter breaks up if you're taking notes. You'll have this on the app as well. You can open the app and takes notes there. Or you have hard copy notes, they're available there at the back as well. But here's how the chapter kind of divides itself. I see it as verses 1 to 5 really speaking and explaining, you might even say proclaiming how David fulfills God's promise as Israel's national king. It's kind of a physical historical narrative happening here and we see this taking place and we'll read those verses in a moment. The last 19 or so verses, 20 verses, they really are explaining how David is doing his job as a king and he fights for God's people. We'll cover that. I won't read all of those verses, I'll just kind of highlight a few things but I want you to have this overview because you begin to see here how David is actually now fulfilling God's initial prophecy and he's fighting for God's people, and I think already you're beginning to see some typology occur. Can't you see that? Okay, David fights for Israel, he fulfills God's promises for Israel. I think Jesus does that, doesn't he? So we're going to kind of see this unfold.

Now, I used a word just now that you ought to understand, I used the word "typology." That's kind of a $10 word that we use to describe a concept in the Bible, it's called types. It's an official theological concept and it refers to a situation or story in the Bible that actually points to something greater later. Say those two words with me: greater later. So there are several official types in the Bible. I won't go into all those now but David is one of them so in much of David's life and much of his reign, his point is not that it's about him, it's about someone, what? Greater and later. That's what a type is. We use these words sometimes, we'll say that this first person is a shadow, the greater and later person is the substance. The first person is the form, the greater and later person is the reality. 

So in 2 Samuel 5, we have one of those. We have a story, a narrative, that actually shadows and you could use the word "foreshadows" someone greater and later and that's Jesus. So we're going to see David fulfilling God's promise as king nationally and how that points to Jesus doing that ultimately. We're going to see David fighting for God's people as king. We're going to see how it points to Jesus doing that ultimately. So keep that in mind as we work through these verses.

Here are verses 1 through 5 explaining the first section of this chapter and I will have you notice here some specific ways in which we see the writer in a very linguistic fashion pointing to Jesus, I think. The Bible says that, "all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, 'Behold, we are your bone and flesh. In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the LORD said to you, "You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over Israel."'" I mean, already your mind is thinking about, "Wow, those are words that the Bible has used of Christ. Maybe you're new here, maybe you're new to Christianity, I'll show you those in a minute, okay? But these are words used of Christ. Here they are used, however, historically of David. It's the Lord's prophecy of David.

"So all the elders of Israel," verse 3, it says, "came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant." You may be thinking, "Christ made a covenant with us." So, again, your mind is being directed towards thinking of someone greater and later.

"David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel." Here's now David king over all of Israel. By the way, this is his third anointing and some see this as somewhat of a shadowy, and I mean that in a good way, kind of a shadowy way to reference the Trinity perhaps. David was anointed privately with Samuel and his father and his brothers. He was anointed earlier in this book just over Judah. And now he's anointed for the third time over all of Israel.

"[He] was thirty years old when he began to reign." Question: how old was Jesus when he began his ministry? He was 30.

Now at this point I need to pause and say something to you: when you notice types in the Bible or what you might even refer to as metaphors or analogies, they can speak to what is greater and later in a good way but if you press them too hard or if you try to make them walk on all fours, as we say, then it breaks down. Let me show you how that works here.

So you can begin to see this is speaking about David and yet there are also some allusions to the greater King later but if you press this too hard, look at the next phrase, "and he reigned for forty years." Jesus only really ministered for three years, correct? At least officially after his baptism. So I want to encourage you as you find types in the Bible, as you notice situations that speak to something greater and later, don't press them so hard that they break down and become illogical, they don't make sense, okay? The point here is that there is some semblance and some references to Christ but it's not in every single word and every single number.

"At Hebron," verse 5, "he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years." So this is really the regal proclamation, the official announcement. "Hey, David is now king." 

What do kings do? That's explained in the last part of the chapter beginning in verse 6 and the way to verse 25. In a word: they protect their people. What you find here is the Jebusites, first of all, occupying Jerusalem. David wanting to move the capital to something more centrally located for both the north and south and so he's going to retake Jerusalem. The Jebusites thought that was kind of funny. They figured David didn't have much of an army, in fact they said in these verses, "David, we'll put our lame and blind on our wall and we'll see if you can handle that." Well, it was kind of a sarcastic satirical remark.

David actually did go and he captured Jerusalem and as a result, the word kind of spread that David hated the lame and the blind. Now let's be clear: David didn't hate the lame and the blind, but it was a sarcastic comment by his enemies to make him think that he had no army at all. And so it was used and he even said it at times, like, "Hey, the lame and the blind, they won't stop me." And what he's referring to there is not actually lame and blind people, he's talking about God's enemies.

So when you read that in here, what David is saying is, "Do you know what? God will overcome his enemies." And as he's God's appointed leader fighting against God's enemies, God does give him the victory. In fact, you can see in verse 10, "the LORD, the God of hosts, was with him."

He made alliances with different people such as the King of Tyre. You see this happening, he first fights the Jebusites and then he fights the Philistines twice between 17 and 27. He inquires of the Lord about his archenemies. Remember, the Philistines were the folks who were always dogging David from his earlier days against Goliath even to now. They were his archenemy. He inquires of the Lord and both times the Lord says, "Yes, go up and protect the people as their king." The first time in more of a front-to-front battle, the second time in more like an ambush, but in both cases it was the Lord who gave them victory.

Look at verse 20, would you? David defeats them and he says, "The LORD has broken through my enemies before me like a breaking flood." He doesn't take the credit, he takes a humble posture as a king know that – watch this, church – knowing that the real King who won the battle was the Lord God.

He does the same thing in verse 24. Here the Lord is actually instructing him how to win the battle and he says that when you do, you'll know "the LORD has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines. And David did as the LORD commanded him, and struck down the Philistines from Geba to Gezer."

So in this chapter we see David fulfilling what God had promised and becoming king for Israel, and then fighting for God's people as their king. It doesn't mean that David was perfect, by the way. 

Look at an interesting phrase in verse 13, "David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem." Do you see that? What we begin to see in this simple verse, and by the way, the verse does not okay that, the verse does not say that he should have, it just simply records the fact that he did. We actually begin to see a window into what is one of David's weaknesses. This will be highlighted in a very tragic fashion a few chapters later when he's on his rooftop and instead of going to battle and fighting as the king, he sees Bathsheba showering, he calls for her, murders her husband and commits adultery with her. This is just a way for the writer to say, "Yes, David was a great king, he was God's king and he did a good job but he had his moments," which I think, in turn, shows us why we continue to look for an ultimate King because we know there is no real human king that completely satisfies. Are you with me? So in many ways in this narrative both positive and negative, the writer is showing us, "Yeah, David is God's man. He's fighting for God's people. He's our king but we're still looking for the perfect one." That's what's happening in this chapter.

I think chapter 5, verse 12, is really the key verse of the whole chapter. Can you locate that and just put your finger on it? Maybe circle it? Lipstick, eyeliner, mascara, pencil, pen, whatever, just kind of put a mark on it, would you? Look how this verse kind of summarizes the whole chapter, "And David knew that the LORD had established him king over Israel." You see, God brought all of his promises to completion. David, 10, 12, 15 years running from Saul from the time he was about 12 or 13. Now he's 30, now he's 33, 37ish. God did complete and fulfill his word. He established him king over Israel but watch what it says next, "and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel." God's purpose was that he would fight for Israel and protect them and provide for them and if you want to kind of see this metaphor play out, this is what Jesus does for us. God has chosen and has determined that Christ would come as our ultimate Messiah and that he would do this for the sake of his people. So even in the key verse of the chapter we see allusions and pointers not to David only but to someone greater and later. Who is that? Jesus Christ.

Now, I'd like to take a moment, though, and show you three titles that I think give even more credence to this picture that points to a picture. There are three titles in the first five verses and they're actually located more specifically in verses 2 and 3. In fact, can you say them with me? You see them on the screen, don't you? They're the titles of shepherd, prince and king. Say them with me: shepherd, prince and king. Good. Let's talk about those because they not only speak of David, they are actual literary ways that point to the ultimate Shepherd, Prince and King. In fact, do you notice this is the first time in the Bible that a national leader or a governor of a nation is called a shepherd? First time, it's with David.

Let's talk about what I think is the weightiest of these titles here in verse 2. David is called a shepherd and actually it's a verb. He says, "he will shepherd his people Israel." It means to pasture the people. It means to provide for them. You can see why David would later writer Psalm 23, "The Lord is my Shepherd." So here David is called the shepherd, the one who provides pasture for Israel, but yet he knows in his life the Lord is his Shepherd and what does the Shepherd do? He makes me lie down in what? Green pastures. He restores my soul. He leads me beside still waters. So David here is called the shepherd. He had a shepherd's mentality and if I might just could add this: I think this is the major umbrella motif of David's life.

Let me explain this to you briefly. I think this is quite intriguing. If you were to say, "Todd, how is David's life best summarized?" I would say it is a shepherd narrative. Watch this, 1 Samuel 16 when David is 12 years old and they can't find the next king, so to speak. Samuel is the one who is anointing and the Lord says, "None of these are the king." Samuel says, "Well, where is another one of your sons?" And what is Eli as well as David's response? Well, he's out keeping – say it with me – sheep. It's like one of the first recorded statements of David is that, "I was with the sheep." As you track David's life, you're going to find a lot of statements about sheep. For instance, when he explains his credentials to the king, he says, "Yeah, I was a shepherd and I fought off a bear, I fought off a lion because I was taking care of the sheep." He's kind of proven, like, "I was a good shepherd." By the way, in the Bible false shepherds, false teachers, evil people like that are often called lions and wolves and bears so there is some analogy and typology in that as well.

As we move forward, David here is called a shepherd. One of the marks of a good shepherd is he considers the sheep most important, correct? He's not there for himself. He's there for the sheep. David does this except at the moment when Bathsheba enters the picture. He then thinks only of himself. He doesn't think of the sheep in Israel. He should be out fighting, he's not. He should be protecting them, he's not. So he kills Uriah. He commits adultery with Bathsheba. And when Nathan, the prophet, comes to confront David, what kind of analogy does he use? He uses a shepherd and sheep analogy. It's interesting, isn't it? I mean, he says, "David, what would you say about a man who had tons of sheep but he went to his neighbor who had one little lamb and he stole that lamb and used it for supper?" And David was irate. I won't go into that here except to say you can look at David's life from the time he was anointed to the moment of his most tragic sin and throughout that history there is this consistent shepherd/sheep motif; there is this umbrella kind of theme that says, "Wow, David is God's shepherd for us." Not the perfect one yet, we see that clearly, but he is God's shepherd for these people. He's the one to provide pasture, to protect them, to nurture, and so he does that but he points to the one who is also called the Good Shepherd, John 10:11, 14, when Jesus says, "I am the Good Shepherd. I lay down my life for the sheep." I like the one in 1 Peter in which Peter says that Jesus is the shepherd and bishop of our souls. Isn't that delightful to hear that? I mean, Jesus cares more than you realize and for more than your body. He actually wants to nurture and pasture your soul. So Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He's the ultimate Shepherd that David points to.

The word "prince" here refers, I think, to the military aspects of David's role. You see, I think the word "shepherd" here speaks to provision whereas the word "prince" speaks to protection. Why do I think that? The word "prince" there can also be translated "appointed leader," or it could be translated "captain." There is some variance in that; there are some differences. They're not, like, major theological or anything like that, that just means a designated leader, someone who has been chosen and appointed, and typically it means in a military fashion. They're going to lead the army. They're going to be the prince who will captain the people. 

This is what's used here. By the way, Jesus Christ is called the Prince of Peace in Isaiah 9. He's also called the Captain of our salvation in Hebrews 2. Now watch this: both of those words, Isaiah 9 and Hebrews 2, they speak of military action, don't they? If you're the Prince of Peace, you must have won a battle somewhere that you now kind of call a treaty. You can say, "I'm victorious." Does that make sense? He's the Prince of Peace. He won the battle. He's called the Captain of our salvation meaning he leads the army. We look to him. He does the fighting, he's the victorious one and we share in that victory celebration. So even the words used other places really speak to this idea that the prince here is a word that would refer to the designated leader for Israel in their military pursuits to protect the people.

So the shepherd is provider, the prince is protector, and I think the word "king" there would be a very good summary word for both. In fact, look at it like this: shepherd and prince probably speak to the duties of the designation. So several times he's called here, "King David made a covenant. Be king over us. David was king over Israel." It's kind of the title used. Here's who he is, he's king and what does he do? He shepherds and he's our prince. In other words, he provides and protects and Jesus is actually called our King in the New Testament. In fact, he's not only called King by his followers and by his Father, he's called King by those who necessarily didn't believe in him. First of all, the triumphal entry, John 12:13. They lay palm branches down to keep the dust away and to keep some of the area kind of clear and clean and they said, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord," and often in our current culture, we leave out the rest of the verse but the verse actually goes on and says this, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel." So all of those who are welcoming in Jerusalem that day, they knew he was the King of Israel. Now they changed their minds a week later, didn't they, and they said, "Crucify him!" but they actually had it right, church. He was exactly who they said, King of Israel, the one that David knew was to come. 

Pilate knew it too in John 18. Pilate said to him, "Hey," and I would have loved to have seen this play out. Pilate says, "Are you a king?" Have you ever asked yourself why Pilate would ask that? Why would Pilate ask a man who is there on trial if he's a king? It's because he had heard and knew that Jesus talked a lot about a kingdom. So Jesus responds to him, "Well, my kingdom is not of this world. So, yes, I am a King but not like you're thinking." He also said to Pilate, "You say correctly." So Jesus never tried to back away or shy away from being a King, he just wasn't a king in the way they thought he should be.

Colossians 1:13 describes the way he is the King. Here's what Paul said about our King Jesus, that he – watch his use of words, Colossians 1:13 – "He delivered us from the kingdom of darkness." So "delivered" is a military word. It means to set people free. It means to rescue. "He delivered us from the kingdom of darkness and he transferred us," or put us, "into the kingdom of his dear Son." So God has taken us from someone's stronghold, namely Satan and sin, and he's put us into the kingdom of Jesus. So if it's called the kingdom of Jesus, guess who the King is? Say it with me: Jesus. Amen.

So, guys, Jesus is clearly throughout Scripture identified, pictured and seen as the ultimate Shepherd, Prince and King of Israel and of his people, and as such, he fights for us. I'll tell you more about that in a minute but I just want you to see in these titles, the Bible lays out Jesus is all of these. So he's Shepherd, Prince and King. We see it initially in David for national and kind of physical Israel in an historical way but we see it ultimately true in Jesus Christ. Three titles in this chapter with two sections that show us the real picture here to see is not the picture of David, church. That's an interesting narrative but the real picture to see is that Jesus does this for his people ultimately and eternally.

Now, I hope you're asking a question right now, "Well, Todd, that seems like it's pretty good preaching, that's interesting, I'm kind of intrigued by that, but did you just kind of make that up? Like, what gives you the right just to kind of say that this story points to someone else? Is that what preachers do, they just kind of, like, take a story, make it into a metaphor and say it points to Jesus? Like, can you just do that because you want to? What gives you the right to do that? Is this really an accurate way to understand the Bible?" That's a really good question. I'm glad you asked that. I know you're all thinking that, right? And you should be, by the way. You should ask, "What gives someone the right to say this is the way to see a passage? This is really the point of this narrative? Like to me, Todd, it seemed like a story and you're saying it's about something deeper and greater? Why can you do that?" It's a great question. Here's why I can do that: because I would say to you that this is what David knew himself.

So let me add some credibility to what I just told you and every eye, every ear, I need you to listen wide open here, okay? When Peter preached at Pentecost about Jesus, he referred to David and David's ability, I think given by God, to know that he was ministering and living and serving for something greater than himself. I think even David knew that this was not about him. Did you know that? Something we should kind of be willing to do to ourselves, right? I mean, David knew it wasn't about his kingship only because here's what Peter said about David. Watch these words. He's speaking about David, "Being therefore a prophet and knowing," did you catch that word? David knew something. I think it's supernatural information from God to him. "Knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne." You can go to the Old Testament and find that written in prophecies, yes, but David then accepted that, knew it, and he knew that it wasn't just about his kingship. There was one still to come who would be greater and who would be later. The Bible says David knew this so while he's reigning he realizes something, "It's not just about my kingship." That's a great trait, isn't it, the humility to say it's not just about my kingship? Man, we need some politicians like that today, don't we? I won't get off on that tangent, okay? Lord help me. Protect me. Keep me focused here.

So Peter is preaching about Christ but he says David knew that it was really about Christ. Now watch this next part because you may say, "Well, Todd, he's just talking about future kings after him." Really? The verse seems to say he knew that he wasn't the real ultimate king coming and I would say the verse says that he knew it was about the Messiah that was to come. He didn't know a lot of details but he trusted the Lord, he believed what was written in those prophecies. He foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ. Did you catch that? I would maintain to you that David in some way and probably very general, but in some way he knew the Messiah is coming after me. I am just setting the stage for what the real King will actually do. I can't explain all the details but if David knew it, then those who wrote the accounts of his kingship, that's what would be expressed. That's how God is getting us to see. That's how Peter knew. "Yeah, this isn't about David, it's about Christ."

Furthermore, listen to this: I think David knew this not only prophetically, I think he knew this presently while he was reigning. Look at this interesting verse in 1 Chronicles and I've taught you that through Chronicles are the repetition of the Kings and the Samuels and so as we're teaching through this series through these three books, we won't spend a lot of time in Chronicles, it would just be rehashing things that we've already read. So Chronicles repeats a lot of stuff. Here's how it repeats an event that happened, this is 1 Chronicles 21. By the way, today's events are recorded in 1 Chronicles 11 if you're curious about that. Almost word for word, by the way. 

But in 1 Chronicles 21, there is this situation where David numbers the people and it's displeasing to God and I won't go into all the details except to say this, when judgment was about to come upon that situation, look what the Bible says about it. "David lifted his eyes and saw the angel of the LORD standing between earth and heaven," and notice the posture of this one called the angle of the LORD, he's between earth and heaven, he's got a sword drawn in his hand and stretched out over what city? Jerusalem. That's the one that David captured and that's the central capital. That's the place where the folks say, "This is where we live. This is our city." They lived outside of that as well, but that's kind of what they were known as. "We live in Jerusalem. That's our place." The angel of the LORD is over that showing authority and David's response to this angel of the LORD is quite intriguing. David says to him that he's God. Did you catch that? Look at the first phrase, "And David said to God." So we must have here what we call a pre-Incarnate appearance of Christ. The angel of the LORD here is what we call a theophany, that's the big word for it. It's an appearance of Christ in the Old Testament. In fact, later he calls him, "O LORD my God," and he's asking this angel of the LORD, which I would say is Christ, to make sure that he judges correctly. You know, "Hey, don't blame the people, blame me." In other words, he's posturing himself in humility under this angel of the LORD. What does that say? David knew he wasn't the real king. So, church, catch this very clearly: David knew prophetically, "It's not about me, it's about one coming after me." And David knew presently and principally, like, "Wow, I don't run this joint in Jerusalem, Christ does." 

So when I bring to you this narrative in 2 Samuel 5 and say these stories point to someone greater and later, please hear that. It's not like I'm making up this to give you some analogy or metaphor that, "Oh, that's pretty cool." This is the hermeneutical use and this is the one that I think even they understood, that the shepherd and prince and king of Israel historically pointed to the ultimate and eternal Shepherd and Prince and King of all God's people. Does that make sense, guys? That's why we would say this, that this passage teaches us that the ultimate hero in every sense isn't David. Did you catch that? The ultimate hero in every way is none other than Jesus Christ. He's the perfect fulfillment of God's promises and the victorious fighter for God's people. What we're looking at today is someone greater, perfect than David. Is this a good story about David? Yes, but is it really all about David? No, it's really about our Lord Jesus Christ. Don't you love the fact that Jesus does this perfectly? He fulfills all of God's promises and fights for God's people perfectly. Amen and I'm so thankful, so thankful for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Now, when you hear that and see that, you're not the first to think of that and neither am I. Look at this verse in 2 Corinthians. Here's how Paul would word it and this is one of the verses that I just lean to a lot and really cling on as we think about Christ fulfilling the prophecies. Here's what Paul would say in 2 Corinthians 1:20, "For all the promises of God find their Yes in him." Who is "him"? It's speaking of Christ in that context and, "That is why it is through him," speaking of Christ, "that we utter our Amen to God for his glory." So even Paul admits all of God's promises are fulfilled in Jesus so when the Old Testament points to that, Paul affirms that. So Jesus is the real hero of the story. Amen, church? That's why we gather each week. That's what we're looking at. Does it happen through stories and narratives and illustrations? Yes, but those aren't the real point. The one we're looking at is Jesus Christ.

Now, I think it's important at this stage to answer another question you're asking because you're going to say, "Okay, Todd, I caught that. I see how this is pointing to Jesus. He's the real hero. We should look at him. I even see how you gave that credence. You didn't make this up. It's a legitimate hermeneutic. It's a legitimate understanding of the Bible. But I've got a question: how does Jesus fulfill and how does Jesus fight? Like, is there a specific way that he does this?" I'm glad you asked that question too. That's a really good question, you know? Let me answer it because here I think we get to the real meat of how Jesus does these two things. David did it for his people, right? How does Jesus do it for his people? How does he do it perfectly and eternally?

First of all, here's how Jesus fulfills God's promises. He fulfills them through and in his character and conduct. Now, if you've been listening out of politeness earlier, I appreciate that but not now. I need you to listen out of importance because what I'm about to share with you is eternally significant for your soul. While we respect and admire David for his role as historical king of Israel and other kings or the prophets. Yes, all of them had the essential problem you have – please listen – and that is we're not holy so we really can't fulfill God's expectations perfectly. Some of you say, "Well, Todd, I've only got a couple of things in my record. I'm a pretty good person. In fact, I may be the best person in this room." Congrats. Some of you may say, "Well, Todd, I've got anything but a perfect record. Man, my thing is botched up and spotted. I may be the worst person in this room." That's a tough life, you're right, but guess what? In God's eyes you both are equal. Are you listening to me? No distractions. Listen very carefully. In God's eyes, you're both equal. Why? Because you are not holy. You're not perfect. And for God's standards, for God's prophecies and for God's expectations to be met, it takes someone holy. So who is going to meet that standard? Who really foots that bill? Only one person has been perfect and holy in character and conduct. He didn't sin by nature or by choice and that wasn't because he was ?? his way through life, it's because he was virgin born, he was God with us, he was the holy Son of God, and that was Jesus Christ.

So when we talk about Christ being the ultimate fulfillment, here's why he does that: because he was perfect in character and conduct, something no one else has or will ever do. So who do we look to to save us? Not the best guy in the room and not the worst guy in the room. The holy one in heaven, that's who saves us and a lot of folks are looking to the best guy in the room. You know that, don't you? And most folks thinks it's themselves. "Yeah, Todd, I've got a good job. My address is right. I drive the right car. I've got an income." And man, they're working themselves to death to create a record that God would respect but God is not a respecter of persons. 

That's why in Romans chapters 1, 2 and 3, Paul lays out for us that the Jews had every advantage in the world but they're still sinners and the Gentiles were the most pagan folks in the world but they're still sinners. So what's the conclusion? Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." So, man, what are we going to do if there is nobody good enough? We are up a creek without a paddle, church. Romans 4:5, 6, 7 and 8. "But God commends his love to us in that while we all were still sinners, Christ died for the ungodly. For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Are you tracking, church? There is only one way to be saved, there is only one way to be made right with God. It isn't through what you've done or can do, your parents' name, how much money you gave, what club you're in, if you got wet as a baby. None of that counts because none of that is holy. The only one who is able to save is the only holy one who has ever lived in both character and conduct and that's Jesus. So for all who put their trust in Jesus, God considers them holy as well. But you take Jesus out of the way, and he'll see you like every other person, unholy, no matter how much good or bad you've done.

Now, that's not politically correct in this society. That's not culturally acceptable. But be it known from this platform, this church stands on the exclusivity of the Gospel. Salvation is a narrow way because it's by one person only and his name is Jesus Christ and what he did on the cross was eternally significant. It atoned, he atoned and covered our sin and no other way will suffice. So the question, then, is this: wow, who am I trusting to save me? Am I trusting how good I've been or my parents or the priest or my pastor or my job? I'm trusting what my income is, my address, the car, my status, my civic involvement? All of those things will crumble and I just want to politely but boldly ask you: have you put your faith in the only one who actually fulfills every single one of God's promises and prophecies perfectly? That's Jesus Christ because he's the only one who can save. If you haven't but right now your heart is kind of spiritually palpitating, your hands are a little sweaty, you're like, "Man, I'm nervous. He's talking right to me. He read my mail this week." I would just humbly just urge you: believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ so that you can be saved. Turn from trusting anything on your own and believe that Jesus alone saves. 

It would look something like a prayer sometimes, like, "God, would you just save me by your grace?" Some folks come to an altar and kneel down. Some folks fill out a card. Some folks just open their eyes and pray. The way and the place is not the point, the posture of the heart matters, amen? And if you've never said to God, "I cannot save myself. Only your Son Jesus can save me because he's the only one who has ever been perfect and holy like you so, God, save me through Jesus." I would say you're not a Christian but today is the day to become a Christian, a follower of Christ, saved by his grace. Amen?

So that's how Jesus fulfills God's promises: in his character and conduct. He's holy and so he satisfies all of God's requirements. How does he fight for God's people? He does that at the cross and at his coming so if you had to have four words to remember I'd say this: character, conduct, cross and coming are the ways that Jesus fulfills God's promises and fights for us and shows that he's greater and more ultimate than David because Jesus does these perfectly. He fought for us at the cross. That's where he gave his life for the sheep. He beat back sin. He gave his blood and his body to forgive our sins and so all who trust Christ have their sins forgiven. But yet though we are saved – now watch this, church, keep listening, you're minds are in 5th gear, don't sink on me now – though we are saved at the cross from the penalty and power of sin, in other words, those who believe in Christ and his full satisfaction of sin's payment to God at the cross, those who believe that are saved and they will not go to hell. They will not suffer God's wrath. They don't have to sin in the present. Though that's true, we are not yet saved from the presence of sin. Did you know that? I mean, how many of you this week rode the boat of struggling with your sin? My hand is up. Is your hand up? If it's not, you're struggling with sin. That's the way that works. We do this: our lusts, our words, our thoughts.

So what is that? You're saved, you're born again, you won't suffer in hell for your sin and God has freed you from its power, you don't have to sin. It's this body. It's this old nature that we're still living with and it will still be with us until we die and it gives you fits, it gives me fits. Amen? Paul talked about the lusts of our members. But there is a day coming when even the presence of sin will be defeated by Christ. When he comes, the Bible says, he will crush Satan under his feet. Hallelujah, church! He'll come on a white horse. He'll have a name tattooed on his thigh, King of kings and Lord of lords, and the word of God will be going from his mouth like a sword and he will conquer sin and all of its presence and we'll live with God in heaven in the new heaven and new earth, the kingdom of God, forever without even the presence of sin. That's the day I'm looking forward to.

So do you see how Jesus fights for you? He fought so that you would be saved. Amen, your sin is forgiven. He won that at the cross. He fought so that you would be being saved, not under the power of sin. Amen? But he even fought for you so that you would be saved one day from the very presence of sin. Christ has fought for you on the cross to be saved in every way. What a powerful Savior he is. And so all who believe in Christ, they have this fighter for them. He intercedes for you now. He prays for you. He's fought for you. This is why Jesus is the ultimate Shepherd, Prince and King. I'm so thankful for Jesus, aren't you? And if you're wondering how he does it, this is how he does it: he's the only holy one who meets all of God's requirements and expectations and prophecies and in meeting those, he qualifies to die for us and to come back for us. So if you're looking to anyone else to save you, you're looking to the wrong hero. I urge you, look to Jesus Christ as the only way.

Let me take three minutes. No questions today. Man, I told the 8:30 crowd you guys have been nice the last few weeks with no questions lately. Thank you. Even though I like questions, if you don't have any, you don't have any.

Well, there is one more you should have. I've told you about two questions you should have, right? The first one is about what gives you the right to kind of teach the Bible this way? Is this is a legitimate hermeneutic? The second one was, like, well, how does Jesus do that? Here's the third question you should be asking. I know you're asking this, "Like, so what, Todd? Like, that's pretty interesting theology, I can't of tracked you. I would say, yeah, I guess it's true but now I'm going to work in a little bit, I'm going home with my wife and three kids, my husband and four kids, or one child, our newborn. I'm going to take my father and my mother. Todd, I've got real life happening here, man. Like, I appreciate this. It's good to see it but, like, put some shoe leather on that, dude. I'm leaving these doors and I'm probably going to argue with my wife, I'm going to have this with my kid, I'm short on bills. What's happening?" I'm really glad you asked that question too. Let me show you how all this, what it screams to us and what it says to us. Don't settle. Don't settle for underachieving, temporary, pseudo-saviors. In fact, just to be frank with you and I'll just say this, it may come off a little irreverent like David. This is what the Jews did in the New Testament, they were sure that Abraham and David were their savior and they argued with the real one, Jesus, in John consistently like, "Hey, we're Abraham's seed. Back off, Jesus." Like, you think Abraham is going to save you? They argued about David and Peter said at Pentecost, "David's in the grave but Jesus is alive."

So they would settle for underachieving, temporary, pseudo-saviors like Abraham and David and we do the same thing. Things like our jobs, our status, our image, our income, our cars, our address, our political party, and we think that's going to save us. They're underachieving, temporary, pseudo-saviors. There is nothing about them that will save our soul. Instead, lock in on the ultimate, eternal, sin-forgiving, soul-satisfying Son of God, Jesus Christ. Amen, church? And make no mistake, your body, your flesh, it's trying to create it's own set of heroes. Mine does all the time. Did you know that? I told you last week, I struggle sometimes with this whole external thing and placing too much emphasis on the externals and that's where pride can creep in on me and I've got a great family who keeps me in check a lot, okay? They do a good job of that, in fact. I struggle there. My heart wants to create idols that will put their stamp on me, "Hey, you're good, Todd. Thumbs up to you. We approve." As if that's really going to satisfy me but all that does is leave me more hungry for another person or organizations like stamp that always leaves you more hungry. You're never good enough in that world, are you? But because God doesn't look to you to be good enough because he has looked to Jesus and because Jesus is perfect, if you're in Jesus, God says, "Hey, man, thumbs up to you, Todd." So why do I try to find all my satisfaction in my own created heroes? Man, let's look to Jesus. Amen?

Just this week I had the same experience. I was at a committee meeting down in Nashville for something I'm serving on for about a year or two. I didn't know who was going to be there. There were about 80 of us total. It's a committee for a national group and we kind of give advice and I wouldn't say oversight, but we give some insight to about six seminaries and to some mission boards and so their presidents and heads would be there. I didn't think I'd run into them, to be honest with you. I was just a peon guy going there to be a part of the 80 member committee but on this first day, I'm just there. It's Monday and Tuesday last week. I'm in this buffet line and you may not know these names but those in my circles would and so I'm there and Al Mohler comes walking out. Now, Al Mohler is a seminary president. He's forgotten more than I'll ever even know. I'll just be honest with you. Probably he's forgotten more in one day than in my whole life I'll know. He's a very intelligent man, a good writer, a good spokesman for Christianity.

So I looked around and I'm like, "Whoa," and I just began to feel nervous. Like, man, Al Mohler and me. Like I probably ought to bow or something, right? I had these weird thoughts. It's that old thing of creating idols, you know? And then as I turned, I'm kind of looking, like, what do I say? I'll probably say something stupid if I'm not careful. This is not going to go well and David Platt comes walking out and he's kind of a real hero in regards to missions. You may not know him but he's done a great job with IMB. He has a real heart for unreached areas and he just has a good reasoning about churches, how we should be involved. 

So suddenly I'm kind of surrounded by two guys I really admire and, I mean, my heart is going....real fast and I'm like, "Man, am I dressed right? Do I have...?" And they're not even worried about that. They're just regular guys and I'm creating this environment where if I don't get their stamp of approval, I'm probably not a good pastor. So I got out of line. I was like, "I don't think this is a good place for me to be because I'm just creating heroes that really aren't heroes." Are you with me?

I go back to the room and there are other guys there too and I'm looking around like, "Man, I'm in the wrong place." I go back to the room and I called Julie and I said, "You know, it's amazing, we love to create heroes out of people, don't we?" I said, "We curse the celebrity culture we have but we create it." And I just said, "God, forgive me." I said, "I'm wrong when I do that." I had created heroes out of those men.

So I went back later and we heard from them and other people and I just treated them like normal. In fact, I met other guys who were pastoring small churches in Louisiana and Michigan. They should be heroes too. Are you with me? Because in God's economy, he doesn't look at things the way we do. I know in that moment, man, I was trying to be satisfied with things that were pseudo-saviors. They weren't going to be all satisfying eternally and ultimately. Only Jesus is. 

So if you're struggling sometimes in this, man, join my boat. I row that too sometimes. That's why we have to lean our hearts to see that in the Bible it's not about David, just like in our life it's not about Al Mohler or David Platt. Are you with me? And your church is not about Todd Stiles. This is about Jesus Christ. So let's turn our hearts and lock them in on the all-satisfying, sin-forgiving, eternally ultimate Son of God. Amen? Who intercedes for you and stands in for you and fights for you and has forgiven you and satisfied every bit of God's wrath against sin for you and if you're looking to anyone else, today would you turn from looking at them and look instead at Jesus? 

Let's pray.

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