Good Kings – 2 Samuel 7:1-17 – Bible Study Notes

These are notes from the eighth part of a Bible overview series. One of the great covenants of the Bible and a key text in the Old Testament.

1. Come up with a story arc for the passage.

  • Status Quo: v1 – David is settled and resting in his house of cedar
  • Conflict: v2-3 – The Lord has no temple
  • Rising Action: v4-7 – The Lord doesn’t want or need David to build him a temple
  • Climax: v8-10a – The Lord will provide a permanent place for His people so they can be settled for good
  • Falling Action: v10b-11a – The wicked will no longer oppress them and they will have rest from their enemies
  • Resolution: v11b-15 – David’s Son will build the temple
  • New Status Quo: v16 – David’s kingdom will last forever

2. At the start of the passage, David is referred to as the king but when God refers to David, he calls him ‘my servant’. Why do you think God does this?

David is too conscious of his position as king. To the people, he is the highest authority but to God, he is merely a servant.

3. How does the question ‘Who are you to be building me a house?’ set the tone for what follows?

God puts David in his place. David had a bright idea but it didn’t correspond with God’s plan.

4. What does God want David to see from v8-11?

He gets to the heart of the matter. It’s dominated by what God has done, is doing, and will do.

5. God returns to the subject of a house. What’s special about this prophecy?

It has a near and a distant fulfilment. David’s house (his descendants) will be a dynasty and will reign over Israel.

6. How might we be similar to David? What can we learn from his rebuke?

Our highest goals are flawed by sin. David’s motives fall far short of what God intended.

7. What can we do to remember God has greater plans?

Be encouraged by stories like these from the Bible. Remind ourselves that no matter how high our goals and plans may be, God’s plans are greater.

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