Saturday, October 31, 2015

2 Samuel 7

Today's reading in our daily plan is 2 Samuel 7. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • God made certain that a prophet was living during the reign of each of the kings of Israel.  Nathan was the prophet during David's reign.  The prophets main task was to urge the people to follow God and to communicate God's laws and plans to the king.
  • In this message to Nathan, God is saying that he doesn't want David to build a "house" for him.  David's offspring will build the temple.
  • God makes a promise to carry on David's line forever (verse 16).  
  • David gives God thanks for the promise.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • David's desire to build God a house for the ark of God was good.  However, God said no.  This does not mean God rejected David.  He had greater things for David to do than build a temple.  He used David to unify and lead Israel and to destroy its enemies.
  • David realized that God gave His blessings to him and his descendants so that all Israel might benefit from them.  They would help fulfill God's greater purpose and promises that through the nation of Israel the whole world would be blessed. 

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Have you asked God for something with good intentions, only to have God say no?  Embrace His "no".  This is God's way of directing you to a greater purpose in your life.  
  • Consider some of the great things God has blessed you with (i.e. family, talents, job, home).  How could you use those blessings to benefit others in your life?