The LORD Builds David A House - 2 Samuel 7

The LORD Builds David A House - 2 Samuel 7

One of the great prophecies of the Messiah is here in 2 Samuel 7. While David wanted to build a ‘house for the LORD’, the Lord instead promises to build a ‘house’ for David. The house the LORD will build is the royal dynasty of David, the kingdom (vs. 12). Such is the nature of God’s promise that it is an ‘oath’ of God- Psa. 132:11; it is called a ‘covenant’ in Psa. 89:3. The particulars of this promise/oath/covenant include:

·       It would happen when David is dead.

·       God would raise up one of David’s descendants.

·       God would establish His kingdom.

·       HE (the promised one) would build a house for the LORD.

·       His throne/rule would be established forever.

·       I will be a Father to Him, and He shall be a son to the LORD.

As for verse 14-15 and the correction of iniquity, the parallel passage of Psalm 89:25-35 shows that this applies to the sons of David that would eventually produce the Messiah.

"If his sons forsake My law And do not walk in My judgments, If they violate My statutes And do not keep My commandments, Then I will punish their transgression with the rod And their iniquity with stripes” (Psalms 89:30-32, but read the whole Psalm!).

We will read in the coming chapters and books of the Bible, the history of this promise. David’s seed endures. His sons prove unfaithful and the kingdom is destroyed by the Babylonians. Then, hundreds of years later, Matthew begins his gospel: “The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham” (Matthew 1:1). Luke states concerning Jesus:  "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;  and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end" (Luke 1:32-33). Then in Acts 2, after the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus, Peter preaches the first sermon. His points include: David is now dead (2:29), God had sworn with an oath to sit on of his descendants on the throne (2:30), and Peter applies this to the resurrection (2:31). Now, God has raised up David’s seed, exalted him to His right hand, and thus Jesus has received the promise of the Holy Spirit (vs. 33 – Jesus has received what the Holy Spirit had promised). He is now King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Peter concludes: “36 "Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified" (2:36). As many as believed this were baptized, and there were added about 3000 souls (2:41).  Thus, Jesus is building the house, the family of God, the church of God, the temple of God! “Whose house WE are “if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end. (Heb. 3:6). Are you faithful to the Lord? 

Hugh DeLong