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God's Covenant With David: Part One

Rev. Michael Calvert, Ph.D., March 24, 2019
Part of the Great Events in the History of Redemption series.

This coming Sunday morning we will be returning to our series of messages on some of the ‘Great Events in the History of Salvation.’ And you will recall that in this series we have been considering several of the noteworthy events in the Bible’s storyline that link its central message concerning the way that God rescues and redeems sinners by His grace, mercy, and power. Once again we will be tracing the beautiful story of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ–a story and a plan that began in eternity past, and will flow into eternity future. It is a blessed story of the rescue of desperate sinners through the Beloved and Only-Begotten Son of God!

And as we have learned, the inspired record of this beautiful drama did not begin with the birth of our Savior in the manger, but in the very first book of the Bible! There (Genesis 3:15), God promised Adam and Eve that one of their descendants would come and destroy the works of Satan, and would redeem all who turn from their sins and place their faith in Him!

On Sunday, we will begin probing 2 Samuel 7, what has been called “one of the most important chapters in the Bible,” and a critical link in “the Bible’s storyline of salvation.” It is in this chapter that we will encounter God’s covenant made with king David. And this reminds us that the storyline of redemption is framed upon a series of covenants, or sacred agreements and promises, that God has made to us, which find their consummation in our Savior. This is why 2 Samuel 7 is regarded as a “constitutional text” not unlike our Declaration of Independence.

When we speak of ‘covenant theology,’ we are referring to the fact that God’s plan of salvation, the only one there is, has been progressively revealed through history, and specifically though the history of God’s Old Testament people, Israel. And this means that there is but one way that God has chosen to save us from our sins and from His wrath! And that beautiful plan is woven into the very fabric of God’s Word from beginning to end! The Bible is all about Jesus!

2 Samuel 7:1-17

1And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies; 2That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains. 3And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the LORD is with thee. 4And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying, 5Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? 6Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. 7In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar? 8Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel: 9And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth. 10Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime, 11And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an house. 12And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. 13He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: 15But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. 16And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever. 17According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David. (KJV)