In the Bible, the words “promise” and “covenant” are synonymous with each other. A promise is a commitment given by someone and received by someone else. All promises are con- sidered binding by the one who made them, meaning that the promise giver is expected to fulfill that promise. The promises of God are sacred, and several references give evidence of that—2 Samuel 22:31 says “the promise of the Lord proves true; Psalm 12:6 says “the promises of the Lord are promises that are pure.”
The promises of God cover a vast array of themes—longevity, posterity, deliverance, and restora- tion are just a few examples. In spite of all the different promises from God, they all seem to point to one all-important promise—salvation. The people of God were sustained by the promises of restoration and preservation until the ultimate promise was fulfilled in Jesus. “The promise of the life which is in Jesus Christ” (2Timothy 1:1) is the culmination of all promises by God.
Jesus Christ is the promise of God.
Last week we learned about a special friendship. David and Jonathan, King Saul’s son, were the best of friends. This was a big deal be- cause Saul was jealous of David and trying to kill him. David and Jonathan’s friendship was so strong because they were both committed to honoring God and doing the right thing no matter what it took. God used Jonathan’s friendship to protect David from the anger of Saul.
Why is it important to develop godly friendships? Friendships are an important part of our lives; they can either help us or hurt us. Having godly friends can help you be committed to God and to do the right thing no matter what it takes.
Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 7
For a fun song that gives an overview of 2 Samuel, go online and search YouTube for “The Fabulous Bentley Brothers – 2 Samuel” by Buck Denver from What’s in the Bible.
Talk About It
- In the beginning of the chapter, David looked at his beautiful home and made a decision. What was his decision? He saw that he lived in a great cedar home, but that God was being worshipped in a tent. David wanted to build a great temple to the Lord.
- What did God tell Nathan to tell David? The Lord said that He did not need a house of cedar; if He needed a house of cedar, He would have had the leaders in the past build it for Him.
- God then made some incredible promises to David. Look at verse 16—what three things did God promise to David? God promised David a house, a kingdom, and a throne that would last forever.
- What did this promise mean? No one is sitting on David’s throne now. Did God not keep His promise? God was not speaking of David’s rule on earth over Israel. God was making David a promise that one of his descendants would be King of Kings and Lord of Lords! 1,000 years later, King Jesus would arrive from the line of David!
- Read Luke 1:29–33. What are the similarities between 2 Samuel 7 and Luke 1? All God’s promises to David were fulfilled God gave Jesus the throne of David that would reign forever.
- God has kept every promise He has ever made. How does that make you feel knowing God keeps all His promises all the time?
Use your prayer time thanking God for His many promises to you, and that you can depend on God to keep them. Ask God to help you remember His unfailing promises when you are tempted or sad or happy
2 Samuel 7 God Made a Covenant with David – Vista Dublin lesson (10/26/14) Vista Worthington lesson (11/9/14)