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Husbands for Daughters (II Samuel 7-9)

September 11, 2012 by Pito

Because David was a type of Christ, “a man after God’s own heart,” we can expect to find clues from his life to help fathers today find a godly husband for their daughters. Although David had problems with his sons, he still manifested traits that we should look for in a godly man.

The Lord says, “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.” Like David, the Lord has built the house for us and now we are called to build a house for Him. Having received justification freely and joyfully, we are called to build for Him; this is called sanctification and dominion by service.

A godly husband is a man of his word, keeping his vows even to his own hurt. He is neither an effeminate man nor a macho-man. He uses his God-given dominance constructively, rejecting easy solutions and promoting discipline and self-control. Fathers are to teach their sons doctrinal integrity, reverence for both authority and for the weak. A godly man will be faithful in all His works, a man of incorruptibility and of sound speech.

He is a fighter for his sisters and a peacemaker with his friends. He is modest in his attire and attitudes; patient for the honor of the marriage bed. He is discerning of the pitfalls of pop culture and he rejects the “cool” if they are in the grips of folly.

As David was gentle with Mephibosheth, so the godly husband is kind and full of mercy, like Jesus. Even though Mephibosheth was a potential rival to the throne of Israel, David brought him to his table to eat as a son. In this we see a picture of the grace of Jesus, the Greater David. Though we are members of the house of Adam, a fallen king, He feeds us at His table as the King’s sons.  Though we were enemies, God showed us the loving kindness of the Father by the broken body and shed blood of His Son.  He calls us to feast with Him that we may be strengthened to go in peace to love and serve the risen Savior.

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