Solomon to Jedidiah

Pastor Josh Combs

“So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord.” 2 Samuel 12:25

Adultery, a murder, a dead baby—and that was just in the first nine months of David and Bathsheba’s relationship. There are few marriages that begin as tumultuous and rocky as this. David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. She had become pregnant. David sought to cover up his sin, but his efforts failed. So rather than repent, he conspired to murder Uriah, the husband of the woman carrying his child. What is astonishing about this story is that David, even through his heinous crimes, was able to maintain his appearance as the hero. When news arrived that Uriah had died at the front lines of battle, David brought his widow into the palace as his wife. David appeared to be merciful, generous, and selfless, when in reality he was cruel, covetous, and manipulative. He had what he wanted. In stark contrast, Uriah was dead.

A valuable lesson is learned from 2 Samuel chapter 12. It begins with Nathan the prophet confronting King David for his wickedness. The message of God delivered from the lips of Nathan pierces David’s hard heart and he repents before the Lord. In spite of this genuine restoration, God’s judgment comes. “Because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord,” Nathan says in verse 14, “the child who is born to you shall die.” Months later, the baby is born and dies shortly thereafter. David is devastated, but consider for a moment Bathsheba. Within the course of a year, her loving husband has died and now her newborn child is dead.

In the midst of this chaos, God is gracious. Time would pass and David and Bathsheba would be blessed with another son. David, the Scripture says, “called his name Solomon” (2 Samuel 12:24). The Bible says, “the Lord loved [Solomon] and sent a message by Nathan the prophet.” This new message from Nathan conveys God’s grace and mercy on full display. The message comes to Nathan to call Solomon, “Jedidiah, because of the Lord” (verse 25).

Solomon means “peace.” Jedidiah means “beloved of the Lord.” God revealed through this altering of Solomon’s name that he was God’s chosen heir to the throne and would be an honored part of the lineage of Jesus Christ. What began as sinful and broken had now been made new.

What we call broken, God sees as ready to be rebuilt and restored. In David’s psalm of repentance, he prays, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Psalm 51:17). When we come to God in our brokenness with zero pretense of stability or righteousness, offering only our mess, God is ready to do the miraculous. Paul, speaking of his own brokenness, writes God’s response to his repeated requests for relief. “My grace is sufficient for you,” Paul hears from the Lord, “for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 10:9). The power of the Gospel is God’s divine authority over our sin. He transforms repentant hearts and lives, which become displays of His love and mercy.

Solomon would be king, restoring the brokenness of both his father and mother. God would know him not simply as a wise and powerful king, but as a symbol of something so much more profound and beautiful. His name was Jedidiah. He was beloved by God as a type and shadow of the One to come: The King who would ultimately restore brokenness and make all things new, the One of whom God would say, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17).

Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 11:1–12:25; Psalm chapter 51; Matthew 1:6-7; 2 Corinthians 10:7-10

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