Read thru Old Testament Devotional – April 23, 2017

April 23

 

2 Samuel 7-9

 

The Crowning of David over Israel (he ruled for 33 years; 1 Chronicles 11-12), cont’d. 2 Samuel 5-7

 

2 Samuel 7:1-11-David speaks with Nathan about building a house for God.  But God tells David that He will build David's house, instead…meaning that God is going to establish his family as a ruling family in Israel.

2 Samuel 7:12-17-God speaks to Nathan and instructs him in what to tell David.  God now establishes a covenant with David.  Notice the provisions of this covenant:

  1. David will have a son who would take his place and establish his kingdom
  2. That son, Solomon, would build a Temple for God (:13)
  3. David’s kingdom would last forever (:13b,16)…this did not guarantee that it would go interrupted (the Babylonian exile did this), but it will last forever through the reign of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:11;19:28; Acts 15:15)
  4. Although David would sin and it would justify chastening, God’s love would be extended forever (:14-15)

2 Samuel 7:18-29-David prays.  He thanks God for His blessing and He worships God for His greatness.

 

The Conquests of David for the Kingdom                2 Samuel 8-10       

 

2 Samuel 8:1-6-David subdues his enemies…the Philistines, Moabites, king of Zobah, and Arameans of Damascus (these people were known in the Old Testament time as Arameans…but later became a political entity known as Syria, 332-63 B.C.).  He then built fortresses in their territories.  Notice the repeated phrase, "And the LORD helped David wherever he went" (8:6,14; cf. 5:10).

2 Samuel 8:7-12-David begins to accumulate gold, silver, bronze and other articles which he dedicates to the Lord and which will eventually be used in the Temple.

2 Samuel 8:13-18-David establishes the administration of his kingdom.

2 Samuel 9:1-13-David honors Saul by being kind to his son Mephibosheth (cf. 4:4).

 

Prayer: Lord, I pray that You would be with me like You were with David…guiding him, making provision for him, protecting him.  Help me to be responsive to Your will and to constantly follow You.  Don’t let me ever try to do something that You have not initiated…but to see where You are leading and to serve You there.

 

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