Standing on the Promises
Author: F. Duane Lindsey
Week of March 22, 2015
2 Samuel 7:1-29
As David reflected on the blessings God had given him, it seemed inappropriate that he should live “in a palace of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent” (2 Sam. 7:2). However, the Lord revealed to him through Nathan the prophet that he was not to build a house (temple) for the Lord. Rather, the Lord would build a house (dynasty, or ruling line of descendants) for him.
Then the Lord made a covenant with David that included personal promises (a great name, a place for Israel, rest from all their enemies [vv. 9-10]). The heart of the covenant was the dynastic promise, “the Lord Himself will establish a house for you” (v. 11). That was expanded into a fourfold promise to David’s posterity: God would provide an eternal descendant (vv. 12, 16), an eternal kingdom (v. 16), an eternal throne (vv. 13, 16), and a Father-son relationship between the Lord and the king (v. 14). The covenant was unconditional since the promise would continue in spite of disobedience (v. 15). It was also promised that David’s initial ruling descendant (Solomon) would “build a house for My Name” (v. 13).
The personal promises to David were all fulfilled in his lifetime. The dynastic promise was fulfilled in a line of descendants that culminated in Jesus Christ, the Son of David. In His First Coming, Christ fulfilled the promise of an eternal King (Luke 1:31-33). The ultimate fulfillment of the promises about a kingdom and throne awaits His Second Coming (Rom. 11:26-27; Matt. 25:31-34).
David responded to the Lord’s promise to him with a prayer of praise, thanksgiving, and believing expectation (2 Sam. 7:18-29). He emphasized God’s sovereign greatness (vv. 22-24) and His trustworthy word (vv. 25-29).
A reminder: The Word of God contains many promises for us believers. We should rely on those promises since God who gave them is fully trustworthy. We should praise and thank Him for who He is and what He has done for us.