Readings for October 21 to 27

God Promises David’s Kingdom Will Endure

October 21, 2012

2 Samuel 7:1-17

Key Verses: “[The Lord of hosts said:] I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.” 2 Samuel 7:9

Time: About 1000 B.C.E.

Since Last Week: Samuel grew up in the house of the priest, Eli, and became a prophet for God. The Ark of the Covenant, which housed the tablets containing God’s Ten Commandments, and which represented for the Israelites the presence and favor of God, was lost and recovered. When the people demanded of God a king, Samuel first anointed Saul. But Saul displeased the Lord, so Samuel anointed David, who would be regarded as Israel’s greatest king. David brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, which had been made Israel’s capital city.

Background: After bringing the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, David desired to build a temple as a permanent home for God. But God didn’t want David to build God a home. Instead, God promised David that God would make a great kingdom of David’s descendants.

Community: What are the benefits and drawbacks of having a permanent place of worship? How might your church building serve God?

 At Home: Have you ever desired to do something for God, just to have God turn around and do something for you? In what ways can God’s blessings for you become blessings for others?

Read This Week:

Monday: David Commits Adultery and Murder, 2 Samuel 11:2-5, 14-17 (or 11:1-26)

Tuesday: Nathan Condemns David and Solomon is Born, 2 Samuel 12:1-25

Wednesday: David Loses His Throne to Absalom, 2 Samuel 15:1-17

Thursday: David Regains the Throne, 19:9-15 (or 18:1-15, 18:33-19:15)

Friday: Solomon Becomes King, 1Kings 1:28-31 (or 1:1-53)

Saturday: David’s Instruction to Solomon, 1 Kings 2:l-12 (or 2:l-12, 3:1-15)

Next Week: Solomon Builds the Temple, 1 Kings 5:1-5; 8:27-30,41-43

 

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