God’s Promise to David (February 17)

2 Samuel 7:1-17

Comment

“David: The Lord’s Anointed One
A brilliant leader, decisive and just, David transformed Israel from a weak and divided kingdom into a formidable empire. This transformation paralleled his own progress from shepherd boy to king. Throughout his life he was loyal to the Lord and the prophets, a fact, which brought him victory against his foes and forgiveness for his very human weakness. His colorful Court History, written by a close friend, makes him better known to us that any other Biblical person” (Great People of the Bible and How They Lived, New York: Reader’s Digest Association, 1974, p. 164. Check out this book with a chapter about David and filled with many interesting pictures and illustrations including an artist’s rendering of the city of Jerusalem at the time of David’s rule, pp. 174-175).

Reading the Scripture

Here are some ways you might read the scripture or tell the story:

•    Prayerful Reading: The Formations Teaching Guide (p. 36) suggests a dramatic reading of the passage.

•    Audio:
o    The Bible Experience: The Complete Bible (“presented by a stellar ensemble of today’s top-name actors, musicians, clergy, directors, and award-winning producers.” Available from Keith).

Teaching Suggestions

•    Show a picture of the Ark of the Covenant and portable Tabernacle: Holman Bible Dictionary (Nashville: Holman Bible Publisher, 1991), p. 99, 1317.

•    Maps and pictures of David’s Kingdom
o    Bible Map Guide (Common English Bible, 2011), Map 6.
o    A Visual Guide to Bible Events (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2009) pp. 90-91.
o    “The Empire of David,” Atlas of Bible Lands (Nashville: Broadman Press, 1977), B-13.
o    Nelson’s Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1996) pp. 99, 102-103.

•    David: Frederick Buechner’s story about David, in Peculiar Treasures: A Biblical Who’s Who (New York: Harper and Row, 1979, pp. 22-24), is available in my office. The story begins:
    “To see what there was about David that made Israel adore him like no other king she ever had, as good a place to look as any is the account of how he captured Jerusalem and moved in the ark...”

•    What in our sanctuary or outside our sanctuary reminds us of God’s presence?

•    The Formations Study Guide (p. 43) references a blog post by Robert Krulwich. See the rest of that blog post here: http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2011/11/18/142513598/are-you-totally-improbable-or-totally-inevitable.

•    The Formations Study Guide (p. 35) refers to Gary Chapman’s, “Five Love Languages.” We have those books and videos if you would like to use some of them. These resources will be placed in the library. There is a brief music video that lists the Five Love Languages in a cute and interesting way. I have posted it on our web page.

•    The Formations Study Guide (p. 35) compares an unwanted gift (ugly art, clothes that don’t fit, etc.) to David’s offer of a house for the Ark of the Covenant for God. If you would like to make the same illustration, I could leave an undesirable gift in your class with a note like, “Please accept this gift as a token of my appreciation for the good work your class does for our church.” We could agree on something that the class would not want and would put them in the uncomfortable position on rejecting the gift or living with it. Let me know. I already have some ideas for a gift.

Resources

I have set aside a shelf in the library with resources for Sunday School teachers. I will place there resources of general interest and some specifically applicable to current lessons. Other resources are kept in my office.

•    Great People of the Bible and How They Lived, New York: Reader’s Digest Association, 1974, p. 164. Check out this is book with a chapter about David and filled with many interesting pictures and illustrations including an artist’s rendering of the city of Jerusalem at the time of David’s rule, pp. 174-175.

•    Frederick Buechner’s, Peculiar Treasures: A Biblical Who’s Who (New York: Harper and Row, 1979).

•    Pictures and maps:
o    Holman Bible Dictionary (Nashville: Holman Bible Publisher, 1991), p. 99, 1317.
o    Bible Map Guide (Common English Bible, 2011), Map 6.
o    A Visual Guide to Bible Events (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2009) pp. 90-91.
o    “The Empire of David and Solomon,” Atlas of Bible Lands (Nashville: Broadman Press, 1977), B-13.
o    Nelson’s Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1996) pp. 99, 102-103.

•    For additional commentary on the text see these commentaries in our library:
o    Mercer Commentary on the Bible (Mercer University Press, 1995)
o    Harper’s Bible Commentary (Harper & Row, 1988)