Sunday School Material 3-2-14: An Eternal Kingdom

(II Samuel 7:4-16; 3/2/14)

Introduction:A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is God talks with David through Nathan about the future. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to obey God’s will for our lives and trust His promises about the future.

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Body:

Read II Samuel 7:4-7

I. Correction to David. In our Sunday School material Nathan gives a word to Nathan during the night. The word is actually to be passed on to David.

The message is that God has been traveling with His people, with a tent as His dwelling, since Egypt and has not asked for a house.

Applications -

- Correcting mistakes. Notice in vss. 4-7 that David and Nathan presumed that God would be pleased with David’s plans to build a Temple for God. However, it was not God’s will.

First, it is important for us to remember that there is a way that seems right to a person, but the ends there of are the ways of death.

Prayerful Bible study with a mind to obey along with wise counsel will go a long ways in helping us living according to God’s will, instead of our own.

Second, it is important to turn from doing wrong. Pride can tempt us to keep going the wrong way on the wrong road. But we are called to turn to God, instead of continue to walk in sin.

Let’s work on learning and obeying God’s will for our lives, even when it means correcting a mistake. 

- God’s Prophets and Kings. Notice in vss. 4-5 of our Sunday School material that God is over the Prophet and the King. There are too many who behave as if God only sends and works with religious leaders.

In reality, the whole world belongs to God. Thus, God is involved with the selection and control of civil leaders as well.

God’s people should pray for those in religious and civic capacities, strive to cooperate with them, and be open to being used by God in such capacities.

Let’s work on appreciating that God is over the Prophets and Kings. Both are servants of God, even though they are due respect from people.

- God’s presence with His people. Notice in vss. 6-7 that the Tabernacle/tent gave visual aid to God being with His people, wherever they went.

God was with His people, the people didn’t have to come to a stationary place to be with God. We should find some comfort in knowing that God is still with His people.

On one hand, there is value in having a church house and a physical place to worship God.

But on the other hand, it is also God to know that when we cannot get to the Lord’s house, He is already in our houses. This means that when we need Him, He is already near.

It also means that we should live as if God is in our houses, on our jobs, and even in our cars. Let’s live like we believe that God is with us everywhere we go. This living should be known for obedience, peace of mind, and joy.

Read II Samuel 7:8-16

II. Promise to David. The message continues in our Sunday School material. God will provide stability for His people and David.

David's son will not only be the next King, but he will build the Lord's house. God will take care of David's off springs, after David dies.

Applications -

- God’s goodness towards us. Notice in vss. 8-11 that God had been good to David and Israel, and God had plans to bless both of them in great ways.

In like manner, God has been so good to us. Whatever we are going through, it could have been worse, and by God’s grace, we believe it will get better.

Furthermore, we believe that God’s plans for us may include not only the temporary blessings that we experience on Earth, but God’s plan includes eternity with Him, after death.

Let’s live like we believe that God has been good to us and that the best is yet to come. A disobedient, depressed, and anxious life is not in line with a claim to believe that God has been good and has more blessings on the way.

- Death preparations. Notice in vs. 12 of our Sunday School material that as favored as David was, he had a date with death.

No matter what we have going for us, we are all on our way to death. As believers, we can rejoice in knowing that Heaven is so much better than Earth.

However, we should still make sure we have wills, living wills, gift to our churches, and estate affairs in order. Let’s make sure we have our affairs in order for our date with death.

- God’s care of our off springs. Notice in vss. 12-15 that the same God who took care of David’s parents and David would take care of David’s off springs.

In our Sunday School material, David’s off springs are probably a reference to Solomon, other kings, and ultimately Jesus whose throne is established forever.

However, there should be comfort in knowing that God will be here to take care of our children and children’s children, when we have gone to the great beyond.

Thus, we should do all that we can to help our children be strong Christian adults and then rest in knowing that God can be trusted to take care of them, as He has taken care of us. Let’s trust God’s care of our off springs.

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

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