Explore the Bible

with Don Hicks

Sunday,  June 24

Established

2 Samuel 7:8-21

In the suggested memory verse for today’s Bible lesson, God sends this message to King David by Nathan His prophet: “I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have destroyed all your enemies before you. I will make a great name for you like that of the greatest on the earth,”   2 Samuel 7:9 (CSB).  Do you feel like God is with you where ever you go?  When God is with you, are you certain He is on your side? As you study the Biblical material for today’s lesson, contemplate strongly on the question, am I on the same side of God in life? This lesson from the 7th chapter of 2 Samuel deals with important eternal questions:

1. Does verse 16 really mean that King David’s house and kingdom will endure forever?

2. Who is on David’s throne today, June 24, 2018?

3. When David wrote in the 23rd Psalm “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.   . . . Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever,” Psalm 23 (KJV), did that truth literally apply to me personally?

4. Do the opening words of the New Testament; “An account of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, . . .” Matthew 1:1 (CSB), help explain 2 Samuel 7:16’s (CSB) promise: “Your house and kingdom will endure before me forever, and your throne will be established forever.”

Do these questions I have asked cause you to feel that today’s focal passage deals with very important Biblical truths?  Truths of great eternal significance? Truths of eternal significance to you personally?

Verse 8 has Nathan telling God’s servant David: “This is what the LORD of Armies says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, to be ruler over my people Israel.” Tending sheep left the shepherd “unclean,” a social outcast – the family’s lowest job.   Out in the pasture is a lonely nowhere place to be.  God basically told David, I took you from being a lowly nobody and made you King of Israel.  Note: God very clearly tells us the LORD of Armies (God Himself) made this happen – David is not a self made man.  We are dependent on God’s power and loving help.

“The LORD declares to you: The LORD himself will make a house for you. {A house here refers to David’s dynasty – ruling family}.  . . . I will raise up after you your descendant, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom,” 2 Samuel 11b-13 (CSB). The king that would follow David at his death was Solomon, a blood relative who came “from your body.” As Matthew’s account of Jesus genealogy [that proves his direct decent from both King David and Abraham] clearly and openly states “David fathered Solomon by Uriah’s wife,” Matthew 1:6b (CBS).

Jesus, God’s one and only begotten son (John 3:16) is the complete fulfillment of the 16th verse, we have already referred to “Your house (royal dynasty) and your kingdom will endure forever before Me; your throne will be established forever,” 2 Samuel 7:16 (AMP). 

These are great truths of eternal significance to all people: David’s kingdom will last forever and that Jesus Christ is the Eternal King on David’s throne.  But they can be such big worldwide truths, that their application to you personally could be tragically missed. David’s twenty third Psalm can help.  I quoted part of it above: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.   . . . Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever,” Psalm 23 (KJV).  One of the most comforting thoughts in all of God’s Word is “I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

Jesus uses the same comforting thought in John’s Gospel, “Let not your hearts be troubled: ye believe in God believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many mansions . . . I go and prepare a place for you. And if go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself:  . . . Thomas saith unto him . . . how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me,” John 14:1-6 (KJV).

Hicks is associational missions director for Jasper Association in Bay Springs.