Posted by: Brad Beaman | June 28, 2012

Standing on the Promises

2 Samuel 5-7  When God makes you a promise you can stand on that promise

The Hymn says it well:
Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.

The only caution is to be sure to know how to determine when God is making a promise to you. There was a lady who felt God would return something to her she lost. She used some obscure passage of scripture that had nothing to do with her and her situation. We don’t need to read our own desires into scripture and then claim that as a promise.

In 2 Samuel 5-7 David stands on God’s promise to him. It is God’s covenant to David. The promise is that his decedents will reign on the throne of Israel forever. This is a promise to David. I cannot stand on that promise for my decedents and you cannot, but David can. Yet this promise goes beyond David and his family and the King of Israel. It is the promise of the coming Messiah.

Now this is a promise I can stand on. That Jesus Christ my Savior, my Lord, my King will reign forever. Here is a promise that cannot fail.

A lot has happened in the life of David since he brought down the dreadful giant. There was Saul’s jealousy that made him pursue David. Then Saul dies in battle and David is anointed King of Judah at Hebron. Ish-Bosheth the son of Saul is king over Israel. Later Ish-Bosheth was murdered and David was anointed king over all Israel (2 Samuel 5:1-2).

David conquers Jebusites in Jerusalem. Now Jerusalem is called the city of David. The Lord is with David (2 Samuel 5:10). Hiram the King of Tyre sent building materials for David to have a beautiful palace in Jerusalem.

In Chapter 7 David is settled in his palace. This brings us to our focus. The Ark of God dwelled in a tent (the Tabernacle) as ornate as it was it was made of skins and was moved from place to place. David tells Nathan, “Here I am in my palace and God is dwelling in a tent.” He wants to build a temple.

That sounds good. But just because something sounds good doesn’t mean you are to do it. The first question to ask is does God want David to build a house for him? If not the energies are wasted and the efforts are empty. To build God’s house it must be in God’s will.

When you launch a venture like this you must see evidence of God in it. But for David the situation was different. God didn’t have for David to build a house for Him. This Scripture is a pivotal Old Testament passage even more so than David and Goliath. It is God’s covenant with David.

It is a covenant relationship that includes obligation and commitment. God made a covenant with Noah (Genesis 6). God made a covenant with Abraham (Genesis 15). The covenant was re-affirmed with Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. At Sinai God made a covenant with Moses. And now God makes a covenant with David. The new covenant that was later established in Jesus Christ was mentioned in Jeremiah 31:31-33. David had a noble desire to build a house for God. But God revealed through the prophet Nathan His plan for the house.

This covenant was beyond the scope of what David was thinking. David speaks about something great, building a Temple but God has even more in mind. God will bless us beyond our dreams. Like Ephesians 3:20 says, God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.

David speaks about something great, building a house for God, but God has even more in mind. God works on such a grander scale than we can even think. David wants to build a house that will last hundreds of years. God is speaking of eternity.
Gods response “Go and say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD, “ Are you the one who should build Me a house to dwell in? 6 For I have not dwelt in a house since the day I brought up the sons of Israel from Egypt, even to this day; but I have been moving about in a tent, even in a tabernacle. 7 Wherever I have gone with all the sons of Israel, did I speak a word with one of the tribes of Israel, which I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’”’
2 Samuel 7:11 is a play on words. “‘The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you:

God tells David, I never asked for a house. My relationship with my people goes beyond the realm of my house. Nevertheless I will have your son (Solomon) build my house and I will establish your house forever. David may not even have fully realized how much God was blessing.

David’s earthly line did end. Jeremiah verifies that fact. The fulfillment lies in Jesus Christ. Jesus is a descendant of David.

Here is what the angel Gabriel said to Mary. Luke 1:32-33 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

Acts 2:29-31 29 “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, 31 he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.

Matthew 25:31 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. God made a covenant with David. God will hold to his obligation and commitment. This is fulfilled in Jesus Christ but the full extent of this promise is known only in the second coming of Jesus.

As believers we stand with David and the promises of God that that kingdom will reign forever. That affects you and me personally. Are you part of that kingdom or aren’t you? The kingdom established in Jesus his coming, his death and resurrection. Does that death of Jesus on the cross count for you? For there is one God and one mediator between God and man the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5).

God established Jesus as King. When you are born again you are part of that kingdom. You are called to live each day in light of that. Standing on God’s Word His promise. You don’t need to read something into scripture that is not there. God’s promises are sufficient for His faithful children. If you are a believer in Christ you can stand confident on the promises of God.

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