9…David —Confessions of a King — A Heart To Build — 2 Samuel 7…Handout

After more than____years of waiting, David is now king of all Israel, with Jerusalem as its capital, and the Ark of the Covenant in the capital. 2 Samuel 7:1~Now when the king lived in his house and the Lord had given him _____ from all his surrounding enemies, (ESV) David says he now ______ in a house of cedar, while the ark is in a tent. (2 Samuel 7:2-3) God tells David, No. Even though David has A Heart to Build: Why and _______.

1) Why God Says ______ 7:4-17) God also tells Nathan that when David dies, He’ll________a kingdom through his descendants (2 Samuel 7:4-12) One reason God says no is found 1 Chronicles 28:3~But God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed _______.’ (ESV) Two more reasons we may hear No. No #1—God has a ________ perspective. Psalm 73:24~You_______me with your counsel, and afterward you will ______ me into glory. (NIV) No #2–God has a ______ plan. 2 Samuel 7:13~He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. (ESV) This means God will never allow David’s ________ to end. This is later revealed in Luke 1:32-33~He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father ______…(NIV) We make decisions for all kinds of reasons, but God acts in light of_______. God will always give the best to those who leave the choice with Him. (Jim Elliot)

2) How To _________ To God’s No (7:18-29) David’s response is in 2 Samuel 7:18~Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, Who am I…? (ESV) The remainder of 2 Samuel 7 is David’s prayer of gratitude. His example reveals that we must #1—Respond With _____________. The Cross is about our surrender and recognition that Jesus has done it all. John 19:30~So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, It is ________!…(NKJ) David capitulates by humbly referring to himself ten times as God’s _______. When God says no, remember we are His servant. Servants will always be found_____ the will of God from the heart. Ephesians 6:6~not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as___________of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, (ESV) #2—Respond with ___________. What do you love deeply? Many see no as a point of negotiation, but not God. We must learn to ______ God and love Him with our _____. Matthew 22:37~Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. (NIV) 2 Samuel 7:27~ For you, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore your servant has found ______ to pray this prayer to you. (ESV) Are you __________ to what the Lord is saying in your life? 2 Samuel 7:22~ Therefore you are great, O Lord God. For there is_____ like you, and there is no God besides you…(ESV) #3—________ with Cooperation. David provides money from his own ________ wealth. 1 Chronicles 29:4~____  thousand talents of gold…(NIV) Worth over $___ Billion. God said David had a _______ after Him. Take-A-Step: ______________________________________.

God Provides

Matthew 21:10~And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, Who is this? And the crowds said, “This is the prophet, Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.” (ESV) Did you notice that? It’s amazing that when the crowd is challenged about who Jesus is, they don’t call Him the Son of David, or Messiah. Instead, they call Him a prophet from Galilee. When we’re asked by a skeptic or even a hostile unbeliever who Jesus is, how do we reply? Peter gave the only correct answer in the Great Confession of Matthew 16:16~You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God. (ESV) If our desire is to make Christ Jesus proud, then when the cheering stops, we must stand with courageous praise to the one and only God as we pursue HIs righteousness (21:12-17). How do we pursue righteousness? Do we run after righteousness? Are we in the midst of a game of hide and seek? No pursuing righteousness is something we do daily. We are to continuously be in pursuit of God. Philippians 3:12~…but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. (KJV) Are you pursuing God daily, in quiet time? To lay hold of Him in prayer and praise, as you listen to what the Jehovah Raah has to say as He leads you each day by His faithfulness?

Perhaps your life is out of focus and needs some rearranging. Matthew 21:12~And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. (ESV) So why all of this fanfare from Jesus? Passover has people flooding the temple, each having to pay Ole Mo’s temple tax of a half-shekel. Since Jews were paying they needed the correct change. This required a money broker since Greek and Roman currency had human images that were considered to be idolatrous. This niche of need afforded swindlers to cheat people offering a fraction of true value and adding service fees and the like. So, the high priest allowed Passover to swindle and defraud worshippers. Jesus is outraged when He sees this demonic spectacle of corruption. Therefore, what does our Lord do when He enters the temple complex. 

Ok, the Temple is a center of commerce in the Jewish economy that we don’t truly grasp. Ole Mo’s Law had a lot of tithe and offering requirements. For us today, it would be like giving an offering on our mileage allowance, our cellphone contribution, our health insurance premium, our birthday money, and Christmas presents, even your garden. I know that you think I am kidding, but listen to Deuteronomy 12:6~There (Temple) you shall bring your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, the contribution of your hand, your votive offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock. (NIV) 

Ole Mo’s Law had a lot of tithe and offering requirements and what happened is the priests would typically find some defect in the animal the people brought, forcing the worshippers to purchase one of their approved animals at ridiculously high prices. God even provided for us concessions for the poor. Leviticus 5:7~Anyone who cannot afford a lamb is to bring two doves or two young pigeons to the LORD as a penalty for their sin–one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. (NIV) Listen God was not out to break the people then, and He is not out to break you today. What God desires is a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7~Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (NIV) 

Understand God gave us everything we have. Today, why not take time to praise the Lord and give Him the sacrifice of praise. Then as you pray ask the Lord how you can share His blessings with others. Then just respond by doing exactly as He instructs. Trust Him, He is the Lord our Provider (Jehovah Jireh).

Hosanna to the King

Do you have courageous praise? (Matthew 21:2-11) Courageous praise means our praise to God is Brave. It’s Fearless. Our praise to the God of all creation is to be lionhearted. This facet of how we are to praise God quotes from 2 Timothy 1:12~…for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me. (ESV) In today’s world circumstances often seem to drive our motivations, while the Lord says in Proverbs 3:6~In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success. (TLB) Nearing Bethphage, Jesus instructs two disciples in Matthew 21:2-3~saying to them, Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once. (ESV) 

Matthew points out this was to fulfill the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9~ Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (NIV) Matthew 21:6-7~The disciples went and did as Jesus directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. (ESV) 

Now you may think of this and ask why a donkey. Well, donkeys were actually both status symbols, as well as symbols of humility and peace. As Jesus rides into the city, people spread their garments, as well as palm branches. Matthew 21:8~Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. (ESV) Conquerors would usually ride impressive white steads as a sign of power and victory. But King Jesus shuns earthly symbols of power and war to demonstrate His kingdom is one of love and peace. 

As Jesus heads toward Jerusalem, the 2-mile long crowd in front of Him and behind him shout. Matthew 21:9~…“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (ESV) The word Hosanna is a Hebrew word that means literally means save now. The people are asking God to be propitious, favorable, promising. However, the crowd is not interested in having their souls saved; they want Jesus to save their nation from Roman domination. They call Him Son of David, which is the most common messianic title. 

Therefore, they are saying Save us now, Messiah. The crowd is right in proclaiming Jesus is the Messiah, but they are wrong in believing that He has come to establish an earthly kingdom. The salvation they seek is temporal, not eternal. Jesus Christ came to save sinners. (1 Timothy 1:15) First, have you asked the Lord to cleanse you of all unrighteousness? Then have you spent time praying for the lost in your family and friend group? Once you have done this ask God to give you an entrance to share the Gospel with someone you need the power of salvation to cleanse them and make them right with God.