In parts one and two, we saw that Jesus has the key qualities of David, and He has the key of David. He is the Head of the Philadelphia era of the Church of God and gave it—us! It’s personal!—two keys to understand prophecy (Amos 3:7).
For valid Bible study, we must
Let the Bible interpret itself
In Isa. 22:5, “a day of trouble and treading down and perplexity” dates this prophecy to the period between 703 and 701 B.C. when King Hezekiah of Judah, a direct descendant of David, was preparing for war with the invading Sennacherib of Assyria.
Verse 15 says Shebna is Hezekiah’s steward—like a prime minister or chief of staff—“over the house.” Shebna had the authority to control who had access to the government—who would get to see King Hezekiah and who wouldn’t.
In verse 16 Shebna is faulted for making a tomb “on high.” Archeologists have found remains of a tomb with Hebrew script from Hezekiah’s time that was fully visible across from Jerusalem. Now in the British Museum, the fragment belonged to a person who was “over the house.” The name on the fragment is partially destroyed and has the common Hebrew ending ‘yahu,’ meaning God—like Benjamin Netanyahu today. Many scholars think Shebna is a short form of the name Shebanyahu, and this fragment was part of his tomb.
“Pride is the sin of this official,” judged The Bible Reader’s Companion.
In verse 22, Shebna is replaced by Eliakim the priest receiving “the key of the house of David … on his shoulder.” The steward wore the key to the king’s house on a hook on his shoulder. He had the authority to open or close the king’s house.
This should remind us of Isa. 9:6 which prophesies of Jesus Christ: “And the government will be upon His shoulder.”
Eliakim means “God will establish.” Because of verse 22, we know that Eliakim represents the future Messiah of Rev. 3:7. Jesus will inherit the throne of David.
In the past history of the Davidic monarchy, the human ruler ruled as a steward for the real king—God.
Jesus Christ is the Steward of the kingdom of God the Father
Only He has the authority to grant access into the government, family and kingdom of God!
This makes it personal! Like me, you want to enter! Jesus castigated the religious leaders of His day: “You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to” (Matt. 23:13, New International Bible). We must be building the family of God!
Jesus stands at the door and knocks. His sheep, of various folds (John 10:16), know His voice.
In the parable of the 10 virgins in Matt. 25:1-13, five didn’t have enough oil in their lamps (the Holy Spirit) and went to go buy some. The Holy Spirit and character can’t be bought—and especially on the spot. There’s no deathbed repentance.
Jesus shut the door. None of the foolish virgins could open it.
In Matt. 22:11 a man appeared at the wedding without a proper garment. Maybe he thought only Christ’s bride must be “arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright—the righteous acts of the saints (Rev. 19:8).” At Christ’s return, we must have made ourselves ready! We can’t do this by works, keeping the law, or any other way on our own power. Only through the Father and the Son living in us by the power of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 2:20, Php. 4:13). “From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love” (Eph. 4:16).
The Holy Spirit is the key of David
we must have for God’s Steward to give us access to eternal life in the Family and Kingdom of God. Without the Holy Spirit, we are none of His (Rom. 8:9).
The key of David is not a key to carry in our pocket.
It enables us to be like David in heart, loyalty and prayer. It enables us to do God’s Work collectively and individually. It gives us controlled urgency to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matt. 6:33).
It must be our life! It’s personal!
Part 1: https://theunexpectedbtm.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/the-key-of-david-its-personal/
Part 2: https://theunexpectedbtm.wordpress.com/2017/12/26/jesus-has-the-key-of-david-for-doing-his-work/