Term 1 – Week 6
Big Idea – God promised to establish the House of David forever with a forever kingdom and a forever King.
2 Samuel 7
- To know that David is the Lord’s king, chosen by God and for the God.
- To understand that David’s kingdom would be a forever kingdom and one of his offspring would be the forever king.
- To appreciate that this forever king would also be God’s son.
- Belief (Head / Heart) – We can trust God’s promises with confidence (like David) because we have seen those promises come true through Jesus (unlike David)
- Behaviour (Hands) – We can pray in response to God’s promises like David both in attitude (with unwavering belief – persistently, fervently) and in practice (with humility, praise and acknowledge of God’s power to keep his promises)
In 2 Samuel 7 God promises to David that his kingdom will endure forever before the Lord and that his throne would be established forever, a complete contrast to Saul whom the Lord rejected and his kingdom ended in death. David was truly the Lord’s King, the one through whom God would bring about his plans and purposes for the world.
When the book of 2 Samuel begins, we’re waiting for David to take his rightful place on the throne, but it doesn’t happen until 2 Samuel 5. In 2 Samuel 5, David finally becomes king over the whole of Israel (vv.1-5), he conquers Jerusalem and calls it the City of David (vv.6-16) and he defeats the Philistines (vv.17-25). Thus, we read in 2 Samuel 7:1 God gives rest to David from all his enemies. Plus, when David brings the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem in 2 Samuel 6, for the first time ever in Israel’s history, we see God’s people, in God’s place, living under his rule. Now in 2 Samuel 7, God’s promises to Abraham & his offspring focus in on David and his offspring.
David desires to build God a ‘house’ to dwell in, but God does not need a ‘house’ to dwell in (vv.5-7). He promises to make David’s name and to protect His people and give them a home (vv.9-11), but instead of David building a ‘house’ for God, God promised to build a ‘house’ or dynasty for David (v.11b). The House of David would be established forever. David’s kingdom will be a forever kingdom and one of his offspring would be the forever king (vv.12-16).
These great promises to David are both short term and long term. In the short term, David would have a son Solomon, who would rule after him and build the temple – not a place to ‘house’ God, but a central place for God’s people to worship Him. In the long term, David’s throne would be established forever through the Lord Jesus Christ, descended from David (Matt 1:1) and Son of God (Matt 3:17), who came to rule and save His people.
David’s response to these promises was to pray. He expressed humility, then praised God, and then he acknowledged God’s power to bring these promises to fulfilment (vv.18-29), which ultimately reached their complete fulfilment in Christ Jesus.
1 Samuel 16:7b
The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
God’s People in God’s Place (Awesome Cutlery) – YouTube
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