Second Samuel 7 Commentary
Back in the Garden of peace and tranquility, the LORD blessed man to be fruitful, to prosper, and to have dominion. When things go wrong in Genesis 3, the LORD talks of the seed of the woman.
In Genesis 9 and after destroying all living things, the LORD restarts with Noah. The adamic blessing becomes the noahic blessing. At the Towel of Babel, the LORD scatters man because of sin. Abraham is scattered from there also. The noahic blessing becomes the abrahamic blessing in Genesis 12. Here the LORD promises to make Abraham’s name great. Remember how men wanted to make a name for themselves at Babel. Genesis 11 verse 4.
The abrahamic blessing was that the LORD would bless the nations through Abraham’s seed. Isaac came and then Jacob. Jacob blessed his sons variously but it’s the blessing of Judah that mentions the scepter – leadership.
Here in this chapter, a descendant of Judah named David sits on the throne and we hear this very important word from the LORD. BUT take note, the word concerns his son and not himself. The LORD promises to make David’s name great. The abrahamic blessing becomes the davidic blessing. What we are reading today is very important.
Take note of the key themes in the revelation: Rest, Sabbath; Shepherd, care, and protection; House, Sanctuary and the sanctuary systems; Seed, son; Kingdom, king, and dominion. The LORD has fully unpacked the grand plan. This commentary can only begin to scratch the top of it.
David did have a son named Solomon. He built the temple but this is what he said: “But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! First Kings 8 verse 27.
So in truth, we are looking at pointers here. Everything here is pointing to one who would be called the Shepherd, the King, the High Priest, the Seed, the Son, and the LORD of the Sabbath. Jesus is everything life and life-like for the saint. He is the LORD’s plan for man’s salvation.
And David’s response? Well, it is best encapsulated by the song done by the Nigerian Gospel artist; Mercy Chinwo, titled ‘Excess Love’.
Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us. This explains it all. “And this decree, Sovereign Lord, is for a mere human!”
The saint is invited to bask in this excess love; the world is invited to come, see, and experience the Jesus excess love in salvation.
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