Today’s reading is: 2 Sam. 7:1-8:14; 1 Chr. 17:1-18:13; Psa. 60
2nd Samuel Chapter Seven
- David expressed his desire to build a temple for the Lord (2nd Sam. 7:1-3), even making a vow to do so (Ps. 132:2-5).
- The believer who is focused on the glory of the Lord can be assured that his mind will be in-line with God’s mind—until God makes it abundantly clear otherwise (2nd Sam. 7:3 cp. vv.5-16).
- David’s heart was right (1st Kgs. 8:18).
- David’s information was incorrect (1st Kgs. 8:19).
- The Davidic Covenant is a foundational study for Church Age believers to understand.
- Like the Abrahamic Covenant, the David Covenant is unconditional.
- God declared all of the faithful blessings He would bestow upon Israel, through the House of David.
- The Church does not replace Israel, and God’s purpose for the Church does not nullify His purpose for Israel.
- The David Covenant guarantees a place of security for Israel within the land, eternal rest from their enemies, and blessings for Israel under the House of David (2nd Sam. 7:10-11).
- A short-term prophecy is established as a preview of the long-term prophecy of the Davidic Covenant (2nd Sam. 7:12-16).
- Solomon, whose name means peace, is the preview.
- The Lord Jesus Christ is the greater Son of David (Matt. 1:1,20; 9:27; 12:23; 15:22; 20:30,31; 21:9,15; 22:42), and the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6) who will ultimately fulfill the promises given here to David (Isa. 9:7).
- David responds to the Lord’s message with praise and adoration (2nd Sam. 7:18-29).
2nd Samuel Chapter Eight
- After a period of rest from his battles, David returned to his life’s work assignment.
- David was used by the Lord to defeat the enemies of Israel. David’s military victories provided for the peace that Solomon will enjoy.
- The Lord Jesus Christ, likewise, must conquer the forces of darkness before He can reign as the Prince of Peace.
- David achieved victory in every endeavor, as he kept himself in a right relationship with the Lord (2nd Sam. 8:1-14).
(Chapter Eight continues tomorrow)
1st Chronicles Chapter Seventeen
- David’s intention was to not leave the Ark and tabernacle separated, but to build a temple to the LORD in Jerusalem (1st Chr. 17:1-27; 2nd Sam. 7:1-29).
- Nathan assumed that David’s heart was in tune with God’s heart, and that David’s desire was therefore appropriate (1st Chr. 17:2).
- David’s heart was right, but his finite understanding of God’s will did not know that Solomon would be the one tasked to build the temple (1st Kgs. 8:17-19).
- The LORD answered “no” to David’s specific request, but answered “yes” to David’s heart-desire. The LORD answered beyond anything David could ask or think (Eph. 3:20), and provided the unconditional Davidic Covenant (1st Chr. 17:3-15).
- David responded to the LORD’s denial of his request with praise and adoration (1st Chr. 17:16-27).
- The Seed of the Woman Redeemer, through Shem, through Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob, through Judah, has now been promised to come through David. This is the final lineage qualification for the Christ and the basis for the royal title “Son of David.”
1st Chronicles Chapter Eighteen
- Chapter 18 describes David’s military victories, and the tribute he exacted during those years (1st Chr. 18:1-17; 2nd Sam. 8:1-18).
- David did not hoard the tribute to personally enrich his own bank account. He was making provision for Solomon to build the temple that he would never see (1st Chr. 18:7,8,11).
(Chapter Eighteen continues tomorrow)
- While David was waging war in the north, against the Arameans, Judah was invaded from the south by the Edomites.
- As if that wasn’t enough on David’s plate, an earthquake added to Israel’s “drunken” confusion.
- David reminded the Lord that he was marching under the Lord’s banner, and was trusting the Lord to provide the deliverance.
- Ps. 60:5-12 is identical to Ps. 108:6-13. David quotes the Lord’s promises, and expects that the Lord will fulfill His promises.