Monday, 20 July 2015

What God Has Done

In 2 Samuel 7 Nathan is reminded of how much God has done and he, in turn, is to remind David of that.  First, there is a reminder of the deliverance from slavery.  

Verse 6 – I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day.  Secondly, there is the reminder of how God called David himself away from his shepherding duties.  Verse 8 – I took you from the pasture and from following the flock.  Thirdly, there is that great promise, repeated by Jesus alongside what we often refer to as the Great Commission.  Here it is in verse 9 – I have been with you wherever you have gone.  And, fourthly, there is the promise of God’s continuing guidance.  Verse 10 – I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them.  And then, lastly, as we have noted, it is God, not David, who will be the builder and David the recipient – The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you.  God’s love, God’s grace, God’s blessings are tremendous.  

Many of the scholars suggest that this is a pivotal passage in the story of David – and they say that because it starts with David saying what he is going to do for God, but it moves to focus on what God will do for David.  I would always want to encourage you to do what you can for God – but I would want to tell you that what matters most is what God will do for you.

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