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Christmas Devotion One - Davids Forever Kingdom

Read 2 Samuel 7:1-17

Just the Facts:
  1. Who gave God's message to King David? (v. 4)
  2. What did God promise his people? (vv. 10-11)
  3. What did God promise David and his descendants?
Lets Talk:
  1. What do you think it meant in David's time to "establish a house"? In what way are families important in our culture today? How is your family important to you?
  2. Who were your ancestors? How many generations can you identify? What is it like to imagine having children and grandchildren who will come after you?
Why this matters:
God made a promise to David that he would establish a kingdom for David's descendants. Hundreds of years after David dies, God sent his Son, Jesus, who came from David's family, to be king of the Jews.

Points of Interest:
7:6 The "tent" God was referring to was the tabernacle that had been his portable dwelling place ever since the Israelite's camped at Mount Sinai in the desert. It was intended ti be used only while the Israelite's were on the march. But the Israelite's had lived in the land God had promised them for more than 400 years and still had not built a permanent temple - a house in which they could worship the one true God.