The LORD Builds David’s House

Text: II Samuel 7:1-17
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: May 31, 2009

This Sunday we come to one of the most important texts, not just in 2 Samuel, but in the whole Bible. 2 Samuel 7 contains God’s covenant with David which becomes the foundational hope for God’s people for many centuries, culminating in David’s descendant, Jesus.

The passage begins with David seeking to build a house (temple) for the LORD in Jerusalem. The LORD instead declares that He will build David’s house (dynasty) so that David’s descendant will reign over Israel forever.

This passage reminds us that while it is good to seek to honor the LORD, the LORD does not need us. We have to subordinate our dreams (even our plans to serve Him) to His will. In other religions people try to earn God’s favor by what they do. In biblical Christianity, we have to realize that we can only be saved by what God has done for us.


Posted on May 31st, 2009 | Permalink