April 2, 2017
God’s reclamation and redemption plan continues. He has taken responsibility for His relationship with His creation by establishing covenants with Noah, Abraham and Moses. He has reestablished His plan of people, place and presence and is now seeking to make this plan more personal and more permanent. This next covenant with David establishes an everlasting Kingdom and a promise to never remove God’s “Hesed” (covenant faithfulness) from the lives of David’s offspring. It establishes the expectation of an eternal king on earth, the messiah, who will literally be “the son of God.” It is the final piece in God’s use of Old Testament covenants to illustrate the upcoming ultimate act of redemption.
Questions for discussion:
· What do you think was the main point of Matt’s message?
· What does God’s covenant with David and his descendants tell us about God’s redemptive plan?
· Read 2 Samuel 7: In what ways does God’s promise to David reveal His ultimate plan, messianic plan?
· How does gaining a better understanding of God’s covenant with David give us a clearer picture of who we are in God’s eyes?
Do something about it:
Reflect on how God’s progression of covenants with Noah, Abraham, Moses and David illustrate God’s love and commitment to you personally. Does this give you confidence that God has, and has always had a plan to redeem you? Does this give you hope that, no matter what life has to offer God has your back? Look for an opportunity to share the “hope that is within you” with others who might need it.
2 Samuel 7:12-16; Isaiah 9:1-7; Matthew 1:1-16; 1 Peter 3:15