Read verses 10b-15
Q: What is the first surprising revelation in v.10?
A: God’s personal plans are not yet completed for David. Although he has accomplished much to this point in unifying Israel, subduing the nations around him, and even having built his own physical house in Jerusalem, the whole of God’s plans are yet to be fulfilled.
Application: Is it possible that in seeking to become part of something larger than our self, we forget to seek God’s will for us personally even over and above the perceived “bigger” things? Personal faithfulness is sometimes lost when we lose ourselves in bigger things.
Q: What is the second surprising revelation in v.11?
A: God will firmly establish a kingdom to follow David’s, ruled by one of David’s sons.
Point: Perhaps we begin to think more of ourselves than we ought if we think that no one can do a thing except us. Like David, we need to be reminded that it’s God’s plan and God’s timing, not our own. It’s as much a test of faith for us preparing the way as for those who will take it to completion.
Q: What is the third surprising revelation in v.12-14?
A: This isn’t just the person through whom God is going to erect a building, but is going to establish something even greater, “his throne forever”. God’s plans are far more extensive than just an earthly thing.
Application: Have you noticed how programs or even church building endeavors can become a thing unto their self? How does one prevent a continuing commitment to the “thing” at the expense of the actual ministry and working which was originally intended for the thing?
Q: What is God politely reminding David of in .v14?
A: It’s not David’s house, but “My house”; it’s not David’s kingdom, but “My kingdom”. It goes back to the issue that such things are to be established exclusively according to God’s will and ways, not man’s, lest man deceive himself into thinking he’s brought these things about, or elevated these things beyond their proper place.
Q: A partial, literal fulfillment naturally occurs through David’s son Solomon. But through whom does the final, complete fulfillment come?
A: Through Jesus Christ. The repeated teaching of the New Testament is that WE are the temple.
Point: God often has plans that are far greater and deeper than even our best imagination or intentions. David’s vision of the future was very limited compared to God’s plan through Him for eternity. It’s the same with us.