If you asked this blogger for an opinion of the most important passages in the Bible, it would be a tough task. But the seventh chapter of 2 Samuel would definitely make the short list. This is where God makes His covenant with David (although the word covenant itself is not used here, see Psalm 89). Again, this passage is so important, we will find it again in 1 Chronicles 17.
The chapter begins with David in his majestic home built of cedars, realizing that while God has made his kingdom great, David has not built a temple (a fine house) for God. At first, the prophet Nathan tells David to go ahead – “for the Lord is with you” (verse 3). But Nathan was wrong, and the Lord let him know that he should tell David not to do it. we will find out in 1 Chronicles 22:7-9 more reasons why God does not want David to build him a house. But that is not the important message the Lord wants delivered here.
Instead, the Lord proclaims that He will establish David’s house, raise up his offspring, and establish his kingdom forever (verses 12-16 – compare to the Hebrew writer’s words about Jesus in Hebrews 1:1-5). The comparison there seems similar to the explanation of the covenant with Abraham and his offspring that we find in Galatians 3:11-16 (especially verse 16), although Solomon is clearly the intended for the “short-term” kingdom. But the kingdom that will last forever will be of Jesus the Christ (Acts 2:25-34).
Notice the prayer from David in verses 18-29 – full of intimate feelings of humility, thanksgiving, honor and respect (David uses the phrase “O Lord God” eight times). Truly one of the great prayers of the Bible, and fitting to the momentous news he has received from God. David indicates that he understands the monumental result of this news, but is filled with wonder, that God has chosen him to do his this great thing through.
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