2 Samuel contains one of the most important chapters in the Bible, chapter 7, where God says ‘No’ to David’s request to build Him a house, but also ‘Yes’ to David --- I will build you a house (spiritual). God promises to preserve David’s line to bring the Messiah and bless all the nations on the earth.
Of all the great leaders of the Old Testament, David is among the greatest. Warrior and king, composer and conqueror, unifier of kingdoms, a man after God’s own heart. So great was David that one of the most well known titles of Jesus would be Son of David. Like almost all the great figures of the Bible, David was a man who struggled and was flawed. However, in the midst of his serious struggles emerges a picture of the surprising grace of God, as God invades David’s mess and invites him into restoration.
The book of 2 Samuel can be divided up into two sections--the first describing David’s rise, and the second outlining his fall. This week, we will look at the last of the chapters which follow his rise and the greatness of his reign. We will see all of the ways that David embodied God’s ideal chosen king. While ultimately David fell short, he did foreshadow the true and better King who is to come.
King David stabilized the kingdom and is enjoying peace. With time for reflection, it does not escape his notice that the tent containing God’s house pales in comparison to his own. Driven by the evident disparity, David hatches a plan with his friend to tip the scales the other way. He is going to build God an amazing house. But God has other plans, and in saying "No" to David, He sets in motion an intimate and surprising human/divine conversation. It is a conversation revealing more grace than David could ever have imagined, a grace that reaches down to us.
Is there something that prevents you from experiencing the blessing of God? Do you have an everyday confidence and awareness that He is alive and working in you? In our journey through 2 Samuel, the fifth chapter marks a significant turning point in the life of David. David’s scope of responsibility grows exponentially and the writer reaffirms why success came to him. That same pathway of blessing is available to you. It is not easy, but it is remarkably simple. Sound interesting?
Last summer we began a journey through the period of Israel’s history described in the book of 1 Samuel. 1 and 2 Samuel were originally one book, so we ended last summer very much in the middle of the story. In this series, we continue on this journey through 2 Samuel.