2 Samuel 5:3-5
“So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel. David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.”
Bright ideas are not always right ideas!
(2 Samuel 7:1–7)
2 Samuel 7:1–3
“Now when the king lived in his house and the Lord had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies, the king said to Nathan the prophet, ‘See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.’ And Nathan said to the king, ‘Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.’ ”
Setting the record straight!
(2 Samuel 7:4-7)
2 Samuel 7:4–7
“But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, Go and tell my servant David, Thus says the Lord: ‘Would you build me a house to dwell in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, why have you not built me a house of cedar?’ ”
A Covenant that clears things up!
(2 Samuel 7:8–17)
The Bible is not a story of humanity working for God; it is a story of God working on behalf of and, at times, in spite of humanity.
The first thing to note is that God reminds David who has helped whom.
A second thing to note is how God’s covenant with David promises him a great name, a land, and rest for the enemies of God’s people.
A third thing is that God’s promise for David’s offspring becomes very specific.
For this covenant the immediate fulfillment of this prophecy is the birth of David's son Solomon.
So there must be a distant peak, a greater fulfillment! There is in the perfect Son of David, Jesus Christ.
All of the promises God gave to David in this covenant are fulfilled in Jesus:
1. Jesus was a descendant of David. (Romans)
2. Jesus was the builder of the temple of God. (Matthew 26:61; 27:40)
3. Jesus possessed an eternal throne. (Matthew 19:28-29)
4. God was Jesus’ Father, and Jesus was his Son.
5. Jesus is the true provider of rest. (Hebrews 4)
When the blind see, they worship!
(2 Samuel 7:18-29)
What do we learn?
First, even our best ideas and ambitions are flawed by sin!
The bottom line: in our own strength and wisdom there is nothing we can do for God; it is God that works through us for his own glory.
“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!”
Second, we should never measure the majesty of God’s character or the activity of God’s presence by majestic buildings or breathtaking circumstances!
Third, keep this treasured truth in your heart—when God says “NO” it is always for our good and his glory.
Lastly, all the great stories in the Bible are a part of the greatest story of God’s redemption and salvation provided through Jesus!