The Covenant of Advent (2 Samuel 7)

Date: 12/21/2014
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The Covenant of Advent (2 Samuel 7)

2 Samuel 7 - Now it came about when the king lived in his house, and the LORD had given him rest on every side from all his enemies, 2 that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within tent curtains.” . . . But in the same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying, 5 “Go and say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Are you the one who should build Me a house to dwell in? 6 “For I have not dwelt in a house since the day I brought up the sons of Israel from Egypt, even to this day; but I have been moving about in a tent, even in a tabernacle. 7 “Wherever I have gone with all the sons of Israel, did I speak a word with one of the tribes of Israel, which I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’”’ 8 “Now therefore, thus you shall say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people Israel. . . The LORD also declares to you that the LORD will make a house for you. 12 “When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 “He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. . .16 “Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever.”’. . . 18 Then David the king went in and sat before the LORD, and he said, “Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that You have brought me this far? . . .28 “Now, O Lord GOD, You are God, and Your words are truth, and You have promised this good thing to Your servant. 29 “Now therefore, may it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue forever before You. For You, O Lord GOD, have spoken; and with Your blessing may the house of Your servant be blessed forever.”

David Applies the Goodness of God vv1-3
Reflecting on his own life and residence in relation to the Lord. vv
Calling on the Lord’s officiant to certify David’s desire (Nathan).

God Responds to the Plan of David vv4-7
a) This is the transition from wrath to grace.
b) This is the Divine response to human freedom.

Nathan is a very dramatic prophet....

God Applies His Goodness to David vv8-17
a) The Lord took David from Shepherd to King.
b) The Lord will build David’s house.

How Does David Respond to God's Goodness? David Confirms the Covenant in Worship vv18-29
a) David sat before the Lord in the Tabernacle.
b) David exalted the Lord by taking Him at His Word.

The reason why David was a man after God’s own heart was because he Praised with a full heart and grasped God’s promises and he did not let go.

Gregg Strawbridge Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more