Understanding the Scriptures
|Rest (vv. 1, 11)||Peace|
|Curtains (v. 2)||Portable tent, tabernacle|
|Afflict (v. 10)||Trouble|
|Which shall proceed out of thy bowels (v. 12)||Your direct offspring or descendants|
|Chasten (v. 14)||Discipline for the purpose of loving correction|
|Rod (v. 14)||A stick, branch, or twig|
|Stripes (v. 14)||To be struck with a stick or whip|
|Is this the manner of man (v. 19)||Is this the way you deal with man|
|Confirmed (v. 24)||Established, made sure|
2 Samuel 7:11—What Kind of House Was the Lord Promising to Build David?
The “house” David wanted to build for the Lord was a temple. The “house” the Lord promised to build David was a posterity—especially a posterity of rulers. Although David was not permitted to build the temple (see activity A below), the Lord did build the house He promised to David. The kings of Judah were descendants of David, as was the King of Kings—Jesus Christ—who, interestingly enough, promised to help all who follow Him obtain “mansions” in the world to come (see John 14:1–3).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you study 2 Samuel 7.
Insight from Other Scripture
Read 1 Chronicles 22:7–8 and explain why the Lord did not want David to build a permanent temple.
How Did David Feel?
Reread the introduction to 2 Samuel 7 and think about how you would feel if you were in a situation similar to David’s. Then read 2 Samuel 7:18–29 and tell how David felt about what the Lord told him.
Write in your notebook and mark in your scriptures the parts of verses you think best express David’s feelings.
Explain why you think David felt the way he did.