2 Samuel 7

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read 2 Samuel 7

God’s Promise to David.  

David’s victory is now complete. The kingship of David is settled and God gives him rest from all enemies. Then, David, a man of God as he was, thinks of building a temple for the ark of God. Nathan, prophets speak for God to teach David, an oracle for him that changes both their minds. God teaches David the sovereignty of God so that he can always be aware of God whatever he does.

The oracle includes God’s promise for David’s kingship, blessing and discipline so that his kingdom can be established forever. This promise has been realized during David’s kingship.

The prayer of David is his response to God’s oracle, ascribing to God with thanksgiving. David understands God’s promise to be part of God’s loyalty to Israel and not just to him. (v.29).

Historically the dynasty of David was not everlasting. It fell in 587BC by Babylonia. David may have been dreaming of a literal restoration of the kingdom, while at the same time anticipating eternal kingdom of God.

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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