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2 Samuel 7 [Read]
2 Samuel 8 [Read]
2 Samuel 9 [Read]
Luke 19:1-28 [Read]
2Sam 7 is about God’s covenant with David. It is extremely important because it promised that the Kingdom of his son shall last forever (2Sam 7:12-13).
Four terms stand out as I read this chapter. First is “servant” (7:19, 20, 21, 25, 27, 28, 29). David was deeply moved by God’s covenant with him, and he humbled himself as servant before the LORD with thanksgiving. But this term also characterizes our Lord Jesus Christ. He came, not with the image of a powerful military leader, but as a humble servant who had no place to rest his head. As the new generation stresses so much on being a leader and showing leadership, this chapter reminds followers of Christ that our Lord was a servant first. Such thought humbles me.
The second term is “promise” (7:21, 25, 28, 29). Unlike the Mosaic covenant which contingent upon the obedience of the people, David’s covenant was a promise that his house and his Kingdom will endure forever (7:16). The word in Hebrew just meant “speak”, for when God speaks it’s as good as a promise. This promise guarantees us a glorious life in eternity. As we are entangled with our sins and doubts in this life, we need to remember this promise that will never change. Such thought encourages me.
The third term is “establish” (7:12, 13, 16, 24, 26). God will establish the throne of David’s son forever, and only God can establish something that lasts forever. Man can and do try to establish things like wealth, fame, and power, but all of those are transient, and it will turn into vanity at the end. Only the things that God establishes will last forever, so we ask him to “establish the work of our hands for us” (Ps 90:17). When we do things that are established by him, they shall last. Such thought invigorates me.
The final term is “forever” (7:13, 16, 24, 25, 26, 29). God is forever, so the life he promised us is forever as well. We were created with this in our heart, even though we cannot fathom what God has done from the beginning to end (Ecc 3:11). Our lifespan is so short compared to eternity, but he still chose us to be his children. Such thought comforts me.
I hope you have the same feelings as I have in reading this important chapter. Most importantly, do remember theservant who established this promise that last forever for us.
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