The Good Dynasty

HarvestfestGraphics_2“When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.” 2 Samuel 7:12-13

Little George was eight pounds, six ounces when he was born in the summer of 2013. His father is a helicopter pilot for the Royal Air Force of Great Britain. His mother was an art history major at the University of St. Andrews when she met her husband-to-be. Little George’s great-grandmother is the Queen of England.

People started calling him the future king of England right away, though preceding baby George in line to the throne is his father, Prince William, and William’s father, Prince Charles. Bells rang out in London and around the country upon news of the birth. A famous composer created a royal lullaby. Commemorative coins were issued by mints in England, Australia, and Canada. He embarked on his first royal tour when he was nine months old.

His official title is His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. Like other babies, however, he wears diapers and spits out his baby food.

These are the trappings of dynasty, an important and unifying feature for most people living in the United Kingdom. For the majority of the world, the days of kings and queens are long past. But in biblical times dynasties were important— none more so than the dynasty of King David.

God made it so. The prophet Nathan delivered to King David an important message at the high point when David was seated in the new capital of Jerusalem. “I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel…. I will make your name great…. And I will provide a place for my people” (2 Sam. 7:8-10).

This was a different kind of kingdom and a different kind of king. The shepherd- king was to be submissive to his God and a servant to his people. Love, care, and protection were on the agenda of this government that was destined to become a dynasty.

Centuries later, Jesus, the Son of David, came to establish that eternal kingdom. This dynasty is different from all others because it is based on the covenant and the promise of God.

Mel Lawrenz

PONDER: Take a minute to read Psalm 23 and think about what brings you confidence in saying “The LORD is my shepherd.”

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In October of 2012, I received an unexpected email from Bruce, a man I had never met. The email invited me to consider applying to be a part of a men’s mentoring group with him and his friend Lee. The qualifications were quite specific, and it was made clear that this was serious. The emphasis of this group would be reading, discussing, and Scripture memory in the areas of leadership, marriage, fatherhood, and more. Heidi and I decided that this opportunity to grow alongside other men and under the leadership of wiser and older believers would be too good to pass up.

The group of 10 men met for the first time in February of 2013, and it was unlike anything I have ever experienced. We were asked to write a brief history of our lives, including our family background, our proudest achievements, our struggles with sin, and our honest hopes for this group. I honestly thought I had a solid five minutes of material. The first guy shared and absolutely tore down any false pretenses. I soon followed, scrambling to finish as the stopwatch announced my time was over. Somehow, a group of 10 men managed to talk for five hours that day. No TV. No music. We just talked and prayed and grew together.

Since the first gathering of this mentoring group, we have dug deep into personal issues that often go unaddressed. We have wrestled with the scars of our past and fears of our future. We have read 15 books, memorized 30 Scripture verses, prayed through unemployment, new jobs, deaths in the family, and additions to families! We often struggle with our monthly homework, but we are growing closer to each other and closer to Christ…all because two shepherds took seriously the call to care for God’s sheep.

Ben Williams

Note: Bruce and Lee (yes, that’s Bruce/Lee) got the idea for this group from the ministry Radical Mentoring. More about Lee’s ministry, Brook Link)

Note: This is worth reading: A Call to Seasoned Ministry Leaders. This call was written as a response to a consultation convened by the Lausanne Movement in Madison, WI in July of 2012, where 120 younger Christian leaders and 10 mentors from across North America gathered to discuss a number of issues facing the Church today. One of consultation’s 10 sub-groups, “Developing Christ-Centered Leaders,” spearheaded this document on mentorship.

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Have you ever made a family tree? Family trees depict the different members of your family. God gives us his family tree through Scripture. In 2 Samuel 7:12-13, we read about David’s family tree, which eventually leads to Jesus. Whether we can trace our earthly family tree back one generation or 100 generations, each of us also has another lineage in Christ. When we put our trust in him, we become part of his family and our names are written in his Book of Life.

Talk as a family about your family tree and name as many relatives as you can. (If you have time, try to draw a family tree.)

Read 2 Samuel 7:16Psalm 89:34-37, and Jeremiah 33:17. God established his kingdom on earth through Jesus. When we put our trust in Jesus, we become part of God’s family. Who do you know who is part of God’s family?

Krista Heinen

7 thoughts on “The Good Dynasty”

  1. The closer I become to Jesus the more I am able to confidently shepherd my children, just as I care about their earthly needs, I care even more about their heavenly needs.

  2. I end my prayer time and Bible reading every night with Psalm 23…before I close my eyes, and often personalise it by reading it as” Lord YOU are my shepherd , I shall not be in want. YOU make me lie down in green pastures, YOU lead me beside quiet waters, YOU restore my soul. YOU guide me in paths of righteousness for YOUR names sake ….” Thank YOU Jesus for becoming a shepherd for us and bringing us into the safety of YOUR kingdom….Amen.

  3. I was reading the Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah Starting with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and continuing on down to Jesse the father of David right down to Joseph the husband of Mary of whom Jesus was born , who is called the Messiah found in Matthew 1: 1-17. Looking at Jesus family tree I see individuals like all of us that struggled in many areas of their lives yet God had a plan and even through some tough scars in their lives brought forth his Son Christ Jesus.

    I look at my family tree on both side of my family and see similar struggles. My grandfather on my dad’s side was divorced, remarried, and fathered my dad at age 50. My dad was killed in a tornado at the age of 52 leaving me without a father at age 16. My great grandmother Mary came over on a ship in the late 1800’s from either Denmark or Norway. Her sister placed a cross necklace around her neck before coming to America. She thus married and had 8 kids who she ended up raising after she lost her husband at a young age.

    One of her kids married and had my mom. She was the youngest of 4 living kids. One of them died an infant. My mom was dealt with tragedy at the age of 2 when she lost her mom. My grandmother at the age of 42 was killed by 2 guys in a car going down the road that ended up hitting her causing injuries that cost her life 3 days later. My grandmother was the glue in that family. She gave up her life to Christ and was very devoted to serving Him in church. My grandmother Dagney sang and my grandfather played the trumpet. My grandfather was unable to raise all the kids himself and my mom and aunt were raised separately by different aunts/uncles thus separating the entire family.

    Over the years I look back at some of the tragedies and experiences of ancestors of my family tree. After looking at my own struggles and achievements I think one that stands out is being able to mentor to others. I am divorced and never had kids of my own or remarried but like my grandmother have been vary involved in serving others through Christ is Church working with youth and as an RN health care worker.

    Currently I am part of a mentoring group of men that are guides for at risk boys. Kids who have either lost a parent or have been abandoned by them entirely. We meet on a Saturday once a month and have a ‘Wilderness Survival’ theme. We do every thing from fishing, hunting, swimming, to building outdoor shelters, compass reading, following directions, building a fire with minimal tools, and incorporate a life lesson each time. It through some of the challenges and struggles of my own life and ancestry as well that I am able to relate, teach, encourage, and lead those in living a life lead by Christ Jesus!

  4. It’s interesting to note that Jesus’s kingdom as opposed to David’s is not over a land or a territory but in the human heart

  5. I am reluctant with this request something in my heart is holding back – the other messages have spoken to me and I have felt compelled to share. I feel a stirring yet I am unsure how to place that stirring into words to share. I know that I want more of Jesus…more of His Kingdom…I not only want it I so need it. I walk every day in this life wondering if I am doing what I am to be doing for Him and ask Him to fill me with His Spirit and His will to be done…so I trust it is…I also know that I must seek and MAKE time on my part to bring His Kingdom closer to me while here by reading and saturating myself in His word and when I do not understand it simply tell Him and pray for His knowledge to overwhelm me… Life within the family structure has been a wave of ups and downs but the Lord He took me through the alcohol bouts of my dad, the insecurity of my mom, the loss of a sister, the abusive weekends the ugly words spoken – those are the branches that reach from the roots but before that I remember seeing smiles and touches of God’s grace for both my parents loved the Lord and shared Him with me here and there in my childhood…they were fragile humans that is why I seek His Kingdom His family tree – we are all His family should we choose… He is a Shepherd who hears all…thankfully wonderfully — seems my stirring developed some after all…I praise Him.

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