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May 9, 2023
Daily Reading – 2 Samuel 7-10 / Luke 23:27-56
2 Samuel 7:14-15 I 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: But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.
GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:
How many times have you begun a project, only to find out it turned into something much bigger than what you intended it to be? That is where David finds himself in 2 Samuel 7.
David wanted to replace the tents used for a Tabernacle and build God a more permanent house for the Ark to dwell in. This in itself would be a huge and ambitious undertaking. God said no, I have something much bigger in mind. God did not simply want to build a building, He wanted to build a kingdom. David’s view was on something that would last a few hundred years. God’s view was on building something eternal. Something that would touch more than Israel, but all men throughout all history. God tells David no. Instead, He says that after David has died that he will allow his son to build a structure. Then God goes on to share how He intends to build a permanent eternal kingdom. Something marvelous and different is promised with this kingdom. God says, I will form a permanent, unbreakable relationship in this kingdom. In this kingdom, if sin is committed it will be dealt with here on earth with the punishments of the flesh. However, God says even then, I will not leave nor break this relationship. He promises His mercy will never depart in this new relationship in this new kingdom. Yup, this was a lot bigger project than David expected. He was also delighted to have God step in and take over this building by His will..
GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:
In this new kingdom, we too have this promise from God. God deals with the sin of the saints here and now, but His mercy endureth forever. Once you become a child of the King, you are a child of the King for all eternity. What a delight to live in God’s will.
Will you delight in God’s will today?
“Getting people into the Word of God…
… and the Word of God into people.”
Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director