Sunday School Material 10-22-17: God's Covenant With David

(II Samuel 7:1-6, 8-10, 12-16; 10/22/17)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God vetoed David’s desire to build a Temple but promised him great blessings. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to obey God and trust His promises.

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Body:

Read II Samuel 7:1-6

I. Plan Denied. The Lord gave King David rest, after his battles with his enemies. In our Sunday School material, David had a desire to build a house for the Lord, especially since he was living in a palace. Nathan gave David the “go ahead.” But the Lord vetoed Nathan’s “go ahead.”

Applications –

- God’s blessings. Notice in vss. 1-2, 8-9 that God blessed David, and David wanted to bless the Lord. First, as in the text, God has been so good to us. He is the source of all our resources.

Second, being blessed should inspire us to be a blessing to God and others. We can start with obeying God’s will regarding tithes and offerings.

We can start blessing people by inviting and trying to bring them with us to worship and growth group. Let’s work on appreciating what God has done for us and being willing to be a blessing to Him and others.

- God’s veto. Notice in vss. 3, 5-6 that Nathan seems to have said “yes” too quickly, but at least he was open to God vetoing his plans. First, we should be careful about saying “yes.” There are times when we need to pray and wait for God to answer before we speak. This seems especially the case with so many proposed changes in our world and churches.

Second, sometimes God speaks to us with peace of mind and even reason. We should not expect God to give us a grand dream or miraculous sign about everything in in our lives. Think about what cloths did God tell you to wear today?

Third, if we discover that we have made a mistake, we should allow God to change our plans. Too many allow pride to keep them on the wrong road, going the wrong way, for too long. Let’s work on being prayerful and open to whatever God wants us to do or undo.

Read II Samuel 7:8-10

II. Past Described. In our Sunday School material, David is to be told about how the Lord has been good to him. The Lord will make David’s name great. And the Lord will take care of His people.

 

Applications –

- The Lord’s servant. Notice in vss. 8, 5 that King David was the Lord’s servant. First, God can take us from overseeing sheep to being in charge of His people. God can promote us to be kings and queens.

Second, no matter how great we may be among people, we are still servants before God. This calls for us to keep our perspective and humility in order.

Let’s work on being servants of God, no matter what our status among people may be. Remember that servants serve in obedience to those who have rule over them.

- God’s care. Notice in vs. 10 that God had plans for His people. In like manner, belonging to God is not just our giving to God. On the contrary, God gives much more to us.

The greatest challenges in this area may be trusting God enough to give to Him first and trusting Him to give to us later – sowing and reaping. Another challenge is to remember how much God has already given us.

Let’s work on trusting God to take care of His people. Trust is demonstrated by obedience.

Read II Samuel 7:12-16

III. Promised Defined. In our Sunday School material, David is to be told that he will rest with his ancestors, after his death. David’s son is to build a Temple for the Lord. The Lord will be with Solomon, and David’s throne will be established forever.

Applications –

- Death affairs. Notice in vs. 12 the mention of David’s death. In like manner, we all have a date with death (i.e., unless the Rapture comes first). We should get our houses in order – insurances, wills, living wills, gifts to the church, relational loose ends, etc.

Most of all, we need to make sure that we are saved and striving to love God and others, as we love ourselves. Let’s make sure we have our death affairs in order.

- God and our descendants. Notice in vss. 12-16 that God had plans for David’s descendants. First, we should be thankful that God has plans for our children and descendants as well. God wants our descendants to be saved and disciples of Christ. This includes the many blessings that come with living in obedience to God’s will.

Second, as parents, especially fathers, we should be known for a love that includes discipline. There seems to be many who are extra kind with no discipline or have extra discipline with no kindness. Love should be known for both, and fathers should be at the front of this effort.

Third, Christians believe that the prophesies of the text are fulfilled in both Solomon and Jesus. Solomon did oversee the building of a Temple. But Jesus is the one who lives forever. God keeps His promises.

Let’s work on trusting God to take care of our descendants. This includes obeying God and trusting Him to do His part.

Conclusion: Let’s work on obeying God and trusting His promises. God has much for those who obey His will.

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