King David: God’s Kingdom Promises Fulfilled (2 Samuel 7:1-29) (2 Samuel 7:1-29)Francis Blight, 1st October 2023
Part of the Autumn teaching 2023 - Kingdom Come series, preached at a Fordham Sunday Service service
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7:2 he said to Nathan the prophet, "Here I am, living in a palace of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent."
7:3 Nathan replied to the king, "Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you."
7:4 That night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying:
7:5 "Go and tell my servant David, 'This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in?
7:6 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.
7:7 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?" '
7:8 "Now then, tell my servant David, 'This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture and from following the flock to be ruler over my people Israel.
7:9 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 of the earth.
7:10 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
7:11 and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders 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:
7:12 When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom.
7:13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
7:14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men.
7:15 But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you.
7:16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me ; your throne will be established forever.' "
7:17 Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation.
7:18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord , and he said: "Who am I, O Sovereign Lord , and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?
7:19 And as if this were not enough in your sight, O Sovereign Lord , you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant. Is this your usual way of dealing with man, O Sovereign Lord ?
7:20 "What more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Sovereign Lord .
7:21 For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant.
7:22 "How great you are, O Sovereign Lord ! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.
7:23 And who is like your people Israel-the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself, and to make a name for himself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations and their gods from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt?
7:24 You have established your people Israel as your very own forever, and you, O Lord , have become their God.
7:25 "And now, Lord God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised,
7:26 so that your name will be great forever. Then men will say, 'The Lord Almighty is God over Israel!' And the house of your servant David will be established before you.
7:27 "O Lord Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, 'I will build a house for you.' So your servant has found courage to offer you this prayer.
7:28 O Sovereign Lord , you are God! Your words are trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.
7:29 Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, O Sovereign Lord , have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever."