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July 18, 2021
Metropolitan UMC, Indian Head, MD
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God’s Promise to David
2 Sam 7:1-4
7 After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2 he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”
3 Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you.”
4 But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying:
5 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? 6 I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling. 7 Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’
8 “Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. 9 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. 10 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 11 and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders[a] over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.
“‘The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: 12 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 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.
After the Phoenicians build a palace for David out of the cedars of Lebanon, David wants to build a magnificent temple for the Lord (7:1–7). At first Nathan the prophet encourages him, but then the Lord reveals to Nathan that David will not be allowed to construct the temple. His job is to fight battles and to make Israel’s borders secure. According to 1 Chronicles 22:8, the fact that David was a man of war who had shed much blood was one reason why he could not build the temple. His son Solomon would be “a man of peace and rest” (1 Chron. 22:9) and he would be the one to build the temple. Though disappointed, David is permitted to know the plans of the temple and he expends great effort to gather materials for the building (1 Chron. 22:14; 29:1–8). In a very real sense, the temple belonged to David almost as much as to Solomon.
In further response to David’s request, the Lord reveals through Nathan that he will continue to bless David and the entire nation (7:8–17). God promises to make David’s name great, just as he has promised to do for Abraham (Gen. 12:2). Powerful leaders will no longer oppress Israel the way Pharaoh or other wicked kings did during the period of the judges. Although Joshua helped plant the nation in the land promised to Abraham, David will plant them more firmly (v. 10). 
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Notes from Point 1
Notes from Point 2
Notes from Point 3
 Herbert M. Wolf, “1-2 Samuel,” in Evangelical Commentary on the Bible, vol. 3, Baker Reference Library (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1995), 217.