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READING: 2 Samuel 7-9 – David’s Everlasting Kingdom, His Battles, and His Compassion


David wanted to build a Temple as a place for God to meet His people. Nathan the prophet thought that would be great. That night the LORD spoke to Nathan and told him His plans for David. He wanted to make David the head of a Kingdom lasting forever. 

David sat before the LORD and said, “Who am I, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?… Your telling me this gives me the courage to pray this prayer… You are God and Your words are true… May You bless my house so it may continue forever before you.” 

David’s house did not rule Israel but two generations before ten tribes were stripped from David’s grandson. Yet, in Luke 1:32-33 Gabriel told Mary that God would give her son Jesus “the throne of his father David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom, there will be no end,” fulfilling what God told Nathan to tell David. 

Chapter eight talks about David’s wars. He went on the offensive against the Philistines, securing his western border. He defeated the Moabites, with whom he had entrusted his parents when on the run from Saul. After defeating them, he made them lay down and measured them with a cord. Two lengths of a cord for those to die; one length of cord for those to be spared. Old Testament scholar, James Smith, writes that a Jewish tradition says David’s parents were foully murdered. Scripture says nothing about that, but Smith says, “We may be sure that David’s vengeance was provoked by some treacherous insult.” (Old Testament History in Bible Study Textbook Series, Joplin, MO Copywrite, 1970, p. 463). “The LORD gave victory to David wherever he went.”  

David attacked the Arameans to the north and northeast of Israel. From the Arameans of Damascus David killed twenty-two thousand men. He put garrisons among them, and they became David’s servants, bringing him tribute. When King Toi of Hamath (north of Damascus) heard David defeated the Arameans, he sent his son Joram to David with congratulations on his defeat of Hadadezer, ruler of the Arameans, who frequently battled with Toi.  Joram brought articles of silver, gold, and bronze; these David dedicated to the LORD, together with silver, and gold he dedicated from all the nations he subdued; Edom, Moab, the Ammonites, the Philistines, Amalek, and the spoil of King Hadadezer. 

David asked if someone was left of the house of Saul to whom he could show kindness for Jonathan’s sake. There was a son of Jonathan, Mephibosheth who was crippled in his feet. David restored to him all the land of Saul; it would be tilled by, one of Saul’s councilors, Ziba, and his sons. Mephibosheth would always sit at David’s table . 

David was a hard soldier, but a compassionate man. 

Like all of us, he had flaws, as we will see tomorrow. 

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PRAY FOR YOURSELF 

Lord, help me to see David’s compassion for Mephibosheth. But more than seeing that in David, may I also see those in need of compassion and let me offer it, is my prayer, in His Name, AMEN 

MY PRAYER FOR YOU (and for myself) 

Father, my prayer for those who read this is that we see David in the context of his times, times that seem very barbaric to us. Let God be his judge, not us. We have difficulties in our nation today as we are a divided society. We are in a place in our nation where the entire nation could be torn apart. Let us see the good and the bad and cleave to what is good and shun what is bad with discernment of wisdom to see which is good and which is bad, is my prayer, in the name of Jesus, AMEN 

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