We are going to go back to a reading from two weeks ago. This reading is extremely important to understanding the relationship between David and Jesus. The reading is 2 Samuel 7:1-29. In this reading God makes a promise to David. The fulfillment of this promise is found in Jesus.
What did David want to build (7:2)? Why do you think Nathan originally told David to go ahead with his plan (7:3)? Have you ever had plans that seemed good, but were not God’s plan?
David wanted to build a temple for God. This was to be the dwelling place. In the Book of Exodus God instructed the people to build a tabernacle. This was a tent that would go wherever the people of God went. Now that they were established and settled in the nation, David want to build a permanent place. They no loner needed a tent they could pick up and move.
Nathan probably thought this was a good idea. David had good intentions to do this. There was no reason in his mind that he could come up with to tell David not to do this.
Often times we have plans that we think are best. But are not necessarily what God would have us do. Good intentions are not always God intentions. It is important that we listen to what God tells us, not what we think is best.
Did God ask David to build a temple (7:7)?
No, God never asked David to build a temple. Sometimes we put upon ourselves things that we think we should do for God, even though God has not told us to do so. This leads to feelings of frustration.
Could David ever do anything for God that would compare to what God did for David (7:8-11)?
No, it is impossible to ever come close to repaying God for the blessings he pours into our lives.
How does God offset David’s disappointment in not being able to build the temple (7:11-16)?
God promises that he will build a dynasty for David. He tells David his son would build the temple. Finally, he tells David he will establish his throne forever.
Often times God says no to our plan, because he has a greater thing in mind than what we planned.
Is there a time in your life when God said no to your dream so his greater plan could be accomplished? Why is it easy to loose focus when God says “no!”? What is the role of trust when God says “no!”!
It is hard when God says no to something we have set our heart and mind towards. We can really begin to covet our plans. When God says no we think he is rejecting us. We are tempted to believe that God does not have our best interest at heart or that God does not know what he is doing. When God says “no” that is when we need faith to know that God is God and that he knows what is best.
Describe David’s response to Nathan’s revelation (18-29)?
David’s response is one of humility. It is a response of gratitude. It is a response of worship and praise. It is a response of awe!