2 Samuel 7.1–29 – September 2, 2020

2 Samuel 7:1–29

After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”
Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you.”
But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying:
“Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling. Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?” ’
“Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth. 10 And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning 11 and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders  over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.
“ ‘The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: 12 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. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 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. 15 But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.’ ”
17 Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation. 

18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said:
“Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 19 And as if this were not enough in your sight, Sovereign Lord, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant—and this decree, Sovereign Lord, is for a mere human!
20 “What more can David say to you? For you know your servant, Sovereign Lord. 21 For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant.
22 “How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears. 23 And who is like your people Israel—the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself, and to make a name for himself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations and their gods from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt? 24 You have established your people Israel as your very own forever, and you, Lord, have become their God.
25 “And now, Lord God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised, 26 so that your name will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The Lord Almighty is God over Israel!’ And the house of your servant David will be established in your sight.
27 “Lord Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you. 28 Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. 29 Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Sovereign Lord, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever.”
 (2 Samuel 7:1–29, NIV)

Whom am I that you have brought me this far?

Thought Questions:

Why do you think David felt the need to build a house for the Lord? How disappointed do you think he was to not be able to do so?

How do you think you would have reacted to hear that your family would reign over God’s kingdom forever?

What does David’s reaction to God’s message to him tell us about his character and his heart? How does his reaction serve as a model for you and your response tot he things God has done for you?

Credit Where Credit Is Due – June 5, 2019

2 Samuel 23.24-24.25; Acts 3.1-26; Psalm 123.1-4; Proverbs 16.21-23

I cannot help but think Peter and John were somewhat amazed at the power they had to heal this man sitting at the Temple gate. They had done amazing miracles before, but after Jesus left, there was sort of this feeling like the mantle had been handed over to his followers. Notice, however, who gets the credit for the healing of this man: God brought glory to Jesus by healing this man. When incredible things, things we might say could only be “God-things,” happen to us, who do we give credit for them happening? How can we give God more of the credit he deserves?

Questions:

What was the big deal about taking a census? Why was it considered a bad thing?

How would you like to have been this lame man, expecting money but getting something so much better?

When have you looked to the Lord for mercy? What response did you get?

Why is discipline wasted on fools?

What Did You Expect? – June 4, 2019

2 Samuel 22.1-23.23; Acts 2.1-47; Psalm 122.1-9; Proverbs 16.19-20

Even though the Jewish people knew the sayings and predictions of the prophets, more times than not they seemed surprised or even more to the point, unaware when these prophesies came true. What do you think the people were expecting when they read that God would pour out his Spirit on the people (from the prophet Joel)? How did their expectations compare to what they actually were seeing there in Jerusalem?

Questions:

What song would you sing describing the saving acts of God in your life?

What things do we as a church need to do differently to look like the picture we see in Acts 2.42-47?

What joy do you receive when you go to the house of the Lord? Is this the common way you think about going to His house? Why or why not?

How well do you listen to instructions?

Is It Time? – June 3, 2019

2 Samuel 20.14-21.22; Acts 1.1-26; Psalm 121.1-8; Proverbs 16.18

Even after all the disciples have seen and gone through, when they are back with Jesus after his resurrection, their question is: Is it time for you to restore our kingdom? Instead of a the heavenly kingdom, they continued to think of an earthly one. Why do you think it was so hard for the people of Israel to look beyond their desire for a restoration of an earthly kingdom?

Questions:

What do you think would have happened if the woman at Abel-Bath-maacah had not intervened?

Where do you think God has called you to be eyewitnesses of his salvation that comes through Jesus?

Why were “the mountains” a significant part of looking for salvation?

“Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.” What examples in your life have proven the truthfulness of this popular proverb?

Restoration – June 2, 2019

2 Samuel 19.11-20.13; John 21.1-15; Psalm 120.1-7; Proverbs 16.16-17

Most people who study John 21 recognize the three-fold restoration of Peter after his (three time) denial of Jesus. Read through this chapter again and as you do, list the various emotions and reactions you think Peter may have been having as he encountered Jesus that day? What does this story tell us about God’s love for us even when we have messed up?

Questions:

David seems quick to spare the lives of individuals who have attacked or confronted him, even when his advisors seem to think he should do otherwise. How can we take on the attitude David had toward those who were against him?

What do you think you would have been doing if you were one of Jesus’ disciples and he was killed, raised again, and went back up into heaven? What’s next for you?

Have you ever felt far from God, perhaps even felt like you were in a different county you were so far away from him? How did you keep hope in God through these dark times?

What examples can you give from your own life that demonstrate the ways you have valued wisdom more than silver and gold?

Conflicted – June 1, 2019

2 Samuel 18.1-19.10; John 20.1-31; Psalm 119.153-176; Proverbs 16.14-15

We know from what scripture says about David that he was a man after God’s own heart. We also know he was a man of integrity, honoring God even when it seemed to not make sense. We also know David was not without his faults and his family suffered the consequences of David’s sinful actions. And in the story today, we discover his deep love for his son, in spite of his sons actions towards him. How difficult would it have been to be David and love deeply, yet also know his love was aimed toward someone seeking to take his own life? What would you have done were you in David’s shoes?

Questions:

An unnamed man had more honor for David’s kingship and his son than some of the heros of David’s life. Why do you think this man who refused to kill God’s son is never mentioned by name? Why should he have received a greater honor than he did?

Why does seeing make believing so much easier? How do we believe when most of the time, we cannot see that in which we believe?

How does following laws and regulations revive someone, rather than causing them to be under a burden? Is this how you view God’s regulations?

What might cause a king to become angry and a deadly threat?

The Lord Is Working – May 31, 2019

2 Samuel 17.1-29; John 19.23-42; Psalm 119.129-152; Proverbs 16.12-13

You have to pay careful attention to the story of David and Absalom and their advisors. Just about the time you think one advisor (in this case, Ahithophel) has the upper hand and is influencing Absalom, another comes in and changes the wanna-be king’s perspective (as is the case with Hushai). In the midst of the tension of who will actually end up with the most influence, remember that at the end of the day, it is God who is at work and his plans will prevail.

Questions:

Why do you think Ahithophel had such a strong reaction to his advice not being followed?

Is there ever a time when it is appropriate to be a secret follower of Jesus? Why?

How have you found following God’s laws to be a simple thing to do? Do you find them more simple than complicated or vice versa? Why is this the case?

How do we show our love for people who speak honestly?

No King But Caesar – May 30, 2019

2 Samuel 15.23-16.23; John 18.25-19.22; Psalm 119.113-128; Proverbs 16.10-11

It is interesting to me that in the midst of a hurried trial to try Jesus for failure to follow the Jewish law, that the leaders of the Temple would suddenly exclaim: “We have no king but Caesar.” Let me get this straight: You want to kill someone for claiming to be the king instead of God, who is the only king, but you are willing to deny God as the only king and advocate Caesar as king … when it best suits your interests? What are other ways people “adjust” their allegiance to God when it benefits them?

Questions:

What do you think you would have been anticipating to happen in the future as you watched David your king leave Jerusalem because of the threats made by Absalom?

If Pilate knew Jesus was innocent–which it appears he did–why do you think he allowed him to be treated so brutally?

What does it mean to fear the Lord? Why is trembling in fear before him a good thing?

How does the Lord’s demand for “accurate scales and balances” impact how you do your job?

God’s Instructions – May 29, 2019

2 Samuel 14.1-15.22; John 18.1-24; Psalm 119.97-112; Proverbs 16.8-9

One of the things that often happens to believers is a tendency to assume the effort to remain in Christ, to continue to follow him, is not nearly as significant as the effort to get to know him in the first place. While there may be some truth to this idea–first knowing is certainly a key hurdle to overcome–scripture is full of examples of followers of Jesus longing to continue in God’s word. What do you do regularly to continue to learn more about God’s instruction … and what can you do more?

Questions:

Why do you think David did not put a stop to Absalom’s actions at the city gates? Do you think he even knew what his son was doing?

Why do you think the Roman soldiers and Temple guards drew back from Jesus when he confessed who he was?

How have God’s commands made you wise?

In what ways does God determine your steps?

Unity – May 28, 2019

2 Samuel 13.1-39; John 17.1-26; Psalm 119.81-96; Proverbs 16.6-7

John 17 is one of the most powerful chapters of Jesus’ sayings in all of scripture. Perhaps the most significant portion of this prayer of Jesus is his request that his disciples remain unified. For many, unity would not be one of the hallmarks of Christianity – disunity and divisiveness would probably be better seen as the calling card of many followers of Jesus. What can we do today to ensure that people see the unity of believers, not the opposite?

Questions:

Why would David long to be reunited with Absalom, giving what he had done to David and his family?

How would you say that Jesus has been revealed to you?

Why is it significant that God’s faithfulness has continued from the time of the psalmist to today? How have you seen this faithfulness at work in your life?

“When people’s lives please the Lord, even their enemies are at peace.” What examples can you give of this being true?