As we learned in the last story, David was a warrior but also a musician. After Saul died, David became King and established his Kingdom from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River. David built himself a house in the city of Jerusalem, which he made his capital. Today’s bible study comes from the book of 2 Samuel 7.
We start this story off with the King David was home in his palace. The lord has managed to give the King a chance to rest from all his enemies around him. (2 Samuel 7:1)
There was Nathan who was a prophet. The prophet had the King’s ear. David says to the prophet that while I am living in a house of cedar, the “Ark of God” remains in a tent. Nathan responds that the King should do whatever he had in mind as the Lord is with the King. (2 Samuel 7:2-3)
In the meantime, The Lord has a conversation with Nathan. The Lord instructs Nathan to go inquire of King David,” Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in?” He continues by saying that He has not lived in a house since the day that he brought the Israelites up out of Egypt. He then inquired that whenever he moved with the Israelites did he ever demand a house of cedar? (2 Samuel 7:4-7)
The Lord continues by telling Nathan to tell David, “I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth” (2 Samuel 7:8-9)
Then God makes the following promises:
• And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed
• Wicked people will not oppress them anymore as they did at the beginning and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.
• Will establish a house for you.
• When your days are over, and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, and I will establish his kingdom.
• He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
• I will be his father, and he will be my son.
• When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands.
• But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you.
• Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me, your throne will be established forever. (2 Samuel 7:10-16)
Nathan went back to King David and reported this whole exchange. King David went in and sat before the Lord and asked, “Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, Sovereign LORD, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant—and this decree, Sovereign LORD, is for a mere human! What more can David say to you? For you know your servant Sovereign Lord. For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant.
What did David ask Nathan and how did Nathan respond?
What did the Lord say to Nathan?
What were God’s promises in relation to His Kingdom?
What was David’s response to God after Nathan spoke with him?
Questions to be answered:
1. What did we learn about God in this story?
2. What do we learn about man/ourselves in this story?
3. What did you learn new in this story?
4. What should I do differently because of this story?