Here is a clear picture of the plan of salvation and the Savior who brought it to pass. Jesus was the Son of God; he was also the son of David. In a prophetic sense we see the man of rest here. Matthew calls him the man of a greater rest. I hope the significance of this unfolds for you as it did me.
II Chronicles 22: 7 And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the Lord my God: 8 But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight. 9 Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days. 10 He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.
David was old. His heart’s desire was to build a house for the Lord. David’s circumstances were different than Solomon’s, but there were similarities. The Lord was with both of them. David was promised his kingdom was established forever and the Messiah would sit on his throne.
It was transition time. David’s life was about over; he had set his focus on the house of the Lord. He shared with Solomon what God had told him. It’s a wonderful picture of Easter and the gospel. One thousand years before Jesus came we see the plan of salvation in who God considered these men to be. What Jesus would provide we could not have without him—rest. Rest from sins. Rest from hell. Rest form the power of the world over us. A chance for salvation and getting to go to heaven came because of what a King would do—King Jesus.
David focused on providing a house for the Lord, but in the big picture God would use David and Solomon to prepare a house of God in glory, a means for the sinners to be redeemed. We can have a place in God’s house. In John 14 Jesus said in my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. It was all about preparing an eternal place. David said at the end of Psalm 23 I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Through the finished work of the cross, there is the gospel of a Savior who will save whoever will come to him. Sin doesn’t have to rule. We can come out of under the power of sin and the devil because Jesus made himself Lord, Christ, and King.
Without Jesus rest will not be experienced. There is so much unrest in the world today. It began with the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden. Nature has the curse of sin, the effects of the fall. Humanity is headed to hell and in need of redemption. It took God sending someone special to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. We bear the stain of sin, the guilt of it. We can’t rid ourselves of it. There is no rest to be found outside of Jesus.
God told David to name his son Solomon; it means peaceable. When Solomon reigned in Israel, it was a peaceable kingdom. After decades of war, Israel had rest. God’s house was built. There is a lack of peace and a sense of unrest all around today. Worry and fear do not have to be part of our life when we have Jesus in it. He’s our Solomon. Matthew goes further stating of the queen that she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. People came from everywhere to see Solomon and hear his words of wisdom. They were comforted in his words. When they saw his glory it did something for them. Now think about Jesus, greater than Solomon. He offers a greater rest.
Before Solomon there had to be a David—a father to have a son. David’s role in his early life was to protect the sheep. Saul failed as king, so Samuel went to the house of Jesse looking for the new king. David was not a warrior but a shepherd. That’s what God sent to us—a shepherd. Jesus said I am the good shepherd. He knows how to take care of us and how to save us. I can’t do it for you. I don’t have the power, but Jesus does. He can and will save you if you let him.
David wanted to build the house of God but was told no. David was the man of blood who came before the man of rest. Thrust from the shepherd field to the battle field he destroyed the enemies of Israel. God anointed him for this purpose. The Bible says Jesus was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Through the blood covered body of Jesus came rest. He had to suffer. We deserved it, but he shed his blood for our sins as our substitute. God the Father accepted the offering for sin. On the third day he rose from the dead. When he spoke Mary’s name in the Garden it brought her peace. He said all hail to the women which meant O JOY! He became the king of blood for us and thereby became the man of rest. Solomon brought peace and through his descendants Jesus was born. The doorway was opened for rest.
The extent of Solomon’s peace and rest was to the nation and its borders. Through Jesus and the bloody work of the gospel, the King of Rest brought peace that goes beyond the border of any nation and into every heart. It can come to you if you will trust the Lord. The Lord said come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
A man of blood was needed. It was Jesus or us. He pushed us back and in our place became sin for us. He did it all in order to give us rest. You can have it. Come to Jesus.