Advent Series Day 5: 2 Samuel 7:11b-14

December 7, 2017

Scripture Reading:
2 Samuel 7:11b-14

The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands. But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.

Questions for children:
Do you know who these words from the Lord are for?
What two promises does God make in these verses?

Explanation and Meditation:

Today’s text takes a giant leap forward into Israel’s formation as a nation. When we last saw them, these wilderness wanderers were still on their journey to the promised land where they would finally emerge as a great nation.

Reading Israel’s history is like watching the disaster of the garden on continual replay. God miraculously provides; Israel complains and rebels. It was clear that the snake’s sickness had infected everyone. Nevertheless there were a few players who stood out in stark contrast with the rest. They–like Abraham–listened to God, believed God, and obeyed God. The subject of today’s reading–King David–is one of those players.

King David’s path to the throne had been long and difficult. But after many years he had defeated Israel’s long time oppressor (the Philistines), consolidated his rule over all of Israel and even built a palace for himself. But he longed to build a house for God–a place where God could once again live with his people as he had long ago in the garden of Eden.

God answered this desire of David’s with an astonishing reversal. Though David wanted to build God’s house, it would be God who would build David’s house, by establishing his heir on Israel’s throne forever. David had a literal house in mind, but God was building David’s dynastic house–a house that would stretch across the centuries of history and into eternity.

And so we add this newest piece to our growing body of information about the Coming One. He will be a human son of Eve and will crush the snake. He will arise out of Abraham’s nation, descending from Judah. He will take up his scepter, destroy his enemies, and reign on the throne of his father David forever.

Song of Hope and Anticipation:

Joy to the world! The Lord is come:
let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare him room
and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the earth! the Saviour reigns:
let men their songs employ
while fields and floods rocks hills and plains
repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow
nor thorns infest the ground:
he comes to make his blessings flow
far as the curse is found.

He rules the earth with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness
and wonders of his love.

 

 

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  • Mari Compton December 7, 2017 at 9:40 am

    The play-by-play presentation of the Messianic prophecies and God’s redemptive plan has me waiting each day for the next installment. Thank you for the time and effort you’ve put into preparing the series. (And I’d say that even if I weren’t your mother-in-law!)

    • Charisse Compton December 7, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Thank you =) And love you!