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The Promise (2 Samuel 7:1-17)

As we come to 2 Samuel 7, we come to the theological center of the book. Over the last few chapters we have seen the Lord establish the rule and kingdom of his anointed, David. Enemies are defeated, Zion is established at the hub of the kingdom, and the Lord has come into Zion as seen through the arrival of the ark of the covenant. David has humbled himself before the Lord, to the dismay of Saul’s daughter…

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Joy in the Lord (2 Samuel 6)

The Lord seemed to throw a damper on David’s party. The Lord has established David’s kingdom and David has determined to bring the ark of the covenant into Jerusalem. There is celebration and rejoicing as the ark of the covenant begins to make its way from Kiriath-jearim to Jerusalem on a cart being pulled by oxen. But tragedy struck. As the cart was being pulled along with the ark of God on top, the oxen stumbled, Uzzah reached out to grab hold of the ark, and God killed Uzzah for grabbing the ark. This ends the celebration. David is unwilling to bring the ark into Jerusalem (6:10) and it is sent to the house of Obed-edom where the ark remained for three months…

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A Dangerous God (2 Samuel 5-6)

God has given all of Israel and Judah to David and David has begun his rule at 30 years old. God is going to continue to establish the kingdom under David’s rule. Chapter 5 shows David as the new Joshua who is finishing the work that the generation of Joshua failed to complete. In 2 Samuel 5:6 we see David go up against the fortification of Jerusalem. The Jebusites who lived in Jerusalem mock David’s efforts, declaring that their weakest people would be able to fend off David. They likely thought this because they have been able to hold this city against Israel for hundreds of years. In Judges 1:21 we read that Israel had failed to fully subjugate the city and the Jebusites were allowed to remain. So now David is going to lead the attack against the fortress of Jerusalem. The Jebusites think that David does not have a chance…

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Establishing the Kingdom (2 Samuel 2-5)

One would supposed with the death of Saul that David’s way to the throne would be easy and clear. But God is going to show us more pictures through David about how the path to the throne will come for Jesus. The means of establishing the anointed and his kingdom will not be easy. The path to the throne will be a path of difficulty. We have seen David experience great difficulty after his anointing. But the resistance to the Lord’s anointed has not ended even though Saul has died. So in our lesson we are going to look at how God is going to establish the kingdom for the anointed. As we look at this we are going to see how God will establish our lives as well…

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