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2 Samuel 7:1-17: The Forever King Print E-mail

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Many consider God’s covenant with David found in 2 Samuel 7 to be one of the most important passages in the entire Old Testament. One of my commentator’s writes: “The Lord’s words recorded here arguable play the single most significant role of any Scripture found in the Old Testament in shaping the Christian understanding of Jesus.”1 He goes on to highlight seven teachings about Jesus that find their foundation in this passage. The prophets will point to this text as they write about the Messianic hope to come and the New Testament writers will continually point back to God’s covenant with David as a promise for the coming of Jesus, the greater Son of David. So this morning, I want to slow down a bit and just look at the first seventeen verses of 2 Samuel 7.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 August 2017 )
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2 Samuel 5-6: The King on His Throne Print E-mail

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Some events take forever to come to pass. We wait on them, we anticipate them, and yet, they still don’t happen. If they weren’t so important, we might be tempted to just give up. Marriage felt like that for me. The adoption of our second son was similar. I believed both events would eventually come to pass, but it seem like they took forever.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 August 2017 )
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2 Samuel 1-4: The Lord Establishes His Anointed Print E-mail

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Most human thrones are taken either by sword or succession. At times, the king dies and the kingdom is passed on to his son (or daughter). But other times, an individual who is not in the family decides to take the kingdom by force. Sometimes this even happens within the family, with different members fighting for power. Of course, how a king comes to power can determine how loyal the subjects will or will not be. A throne that is taken by force can often be rejected by the people. Normally this will lead to even more bloodshed.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 October 2017 )
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1 Samuel 27-31: The Greatest Tragedy Print E-mail

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Tragedy is a common part of the human experience. Bad things happen to everyone. Artists have been capitalizing on this fact for thousands of years. Shakespeare wrote plays where everyone dies in the end and people love them. Sad songs written in minor keys are just as popular today as they have always been. Because of our common experience with tragedy (the loss of health, the futility of life and work, the death of a loved one) we all can sympathize with the art of tragedy. It appeals to the masses because the masses have experienced such loss. In fact, we often scoff at happy endings because they feel so foreign to us. Why is tragedy so common? The Bible answers: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). We suffer because we have sinned. So then the question is not who will suffer, but how will we respond to tragedy when it comes?

Last Updated ( Friday, 21 July 2017 )
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1 Samuel 24-26: The Good Hands of God Print E-mail
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Every July 4th, the citizens of America celebrate their freedom and independence. They chose this day because it is when “The Declaration of Independence” was signed in 1776. This document was written to proclaim our independence from Great Britain. The final line reads: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” The writers and signers knew that such a declaration was treason, but they believed it to be the right action to take and they moved forward “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.” They believed that if they were in fact doing the right thing, then the Lord would see it through to the end. They entrusted themselves to the good hands of God.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 July 2017 )
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1 Samuel 21-23: The Lord's Anointed on the Run Print E-mail
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Things don’t always look like we expect them to look. Being a father is not exactly what I thought it was going to be. I love it. I am humbled by the responsibility to raise two men. But parenting does not always look like I thought it would. It involves a whole lot more mundane tasks than I realized: changing diapers, waiting in lines after school, teaching the same lessons day after day. When I held Isaiah in my arms for the first time nine years ago, I had no idea exactly what it would look like being his dad. Sometimes I can get frustrated by this fact, but other times I am just thankful for the opportunity to be a father.

Last Updated ( Monday, 03 July 2017 )
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