“Surely the Christ is not going to come from Galilee, is He? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the descendants of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” John 7:41-42
We see the completion of the Temple built by King Solomon. He prays that God will keep a descendent on the throne of his father, David. The Gospel points us to the question, of Jesus’ origins. He was born in Bethlehem during the census ordered by King Herod, because Joseph was of the family of David.
Solomon’s prays, asking God to always keep a descendent on his father’s throne, “…that which You have promised him, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man to sit on the throne of Israel, if only your sons take heed to their way to walk before Me as you have walked.’ (1 Kings 7:25)
As we read through the books of the Kings, we will encounter the kings who were not faithful to God, and ultimately the destruction of the kingdom. Jesus is a sign that God not only fulfills his promises, but is faithful even when we are not. This is a message of hope for us; to not give up hope that God will extend his hand of mercy even to us.
May God bless you.