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2 Samuel 7

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God Makes an Eternal Covenant with David

2 Samuel 7

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Lesson Number 7

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. God honors right motives even when they are not in line with His perfect will.
  2. God honors right responses to the revelation of His perfect will.

Practical Application

  1. Let your house convict you.

Questions

  1. Where did David put the Ark of the Covenant when he brought it up to Jerusalem?
  2. What good thing did David desire in this passage?
  3. What was God’s perfect will in this matter?
  4. How is the word “house” used in this chapter?
  5. How did David respond to the revelation that he would not be the one to build the Temple?

Answers

  1. David pitched a tent for the Ark, but this was not the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle remained at the high place in Gibeon until the Temple of the Lord was built by King Solomon.
  2. David desired to build a Temple as a permanent house for the Lord.
  3. David would not build a house (Temple) for the Lord, but the Lord would build a house (royal dynasty) for David.
  4. David humbly accepted and submitted to God’s revealed will. Then he did what he could to pave the way for Solomon to build the Temple, including the gathering of materials.
  5. David would not build a house (Temple) for the Lord, but the Lord would build a house (royal dynasty) for David.

Discuss/Consider

  1. 1. Discuss the elements of the Davidic covenant. How will this unconditional covenant be completely fulfilled? Look at Psalm 89.
  2. 2. God blessed David because his desires and motives were honoring to the Lord. What about you? Do you have great ideas and plans for some new ministry or program that would be honoring to the Lord? How will you respond if the Lord says, “Not you, not now”? Remember, God honors right motives even when they are not in line with His perfect will.

Challenge

  1. Do you have a humble attitude like David to say, “Who am I that You have brought me this far?”

Key Verses

  • “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells inside tent curtains.” 2 Samuel 7:2
  • “And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.” 2 Samuel 7:16
  • “Who am I, O Lord GOD? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far?” 2 Samuel 7:18

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