Bible Time Period: Royal Kingdom
You established a kingdom on your servant David and promised him an eternal throne: Establish your kingdom in our midst.
2 Samuel 7 is the key chapter for this period. Here God establishes a covenant with King David that expands upon His second promise to Abraham, the promise of royal kingdom and dynasty. That promise reaches a preliminary fulfillment in the earthly kingdom of Israel, a kingdom that pre-figures the eternal kingdom of God.
A dynasty is marked by a succession of kings in the same family. It is sometimes known as a “house,” as in England’s House of Windsor. That is the sense in which God tells David that He will make David a “house.”
Recall the incidents in the first half of chapter 6 regarding the Ark of the Covenant. What do they teach about the Lord’s presence and rule?
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