1. We are going to start by thinking a little deeper today than we are accustomed to thinking. What would you like to accomplish in your lifetime?
2. What would you like to be your lasting legacy?
3. Do you agree or disagree with this statement on page 37 of your PSG and why? “We want to feel that our lives have made a difference.”
4. What makes being remembered, in a positive way, by future generations so motivating?
5. How can a person impact what future generations remember about him or her?
If we want to do something that will endure, we must join God in His work. When we join God in His work, then we find a lasting legacy marked for eternity. If we have a positive impact on someone’s life and they accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior we have a legacy that will last through eternity!
Today we will explore how to leave a lasting legacy from a pivotal event in David’s life.
Read 2 Samuel 7:1-7 to understand the context.
1. When Nathan gave David the “red light” in this passage, whose opinion was he stating?
2. How often do we go off “half cocked” with our own ideas without consulting God first?
Rest! Read 2 Samuel 7:8-11a
1. Was what David initially wanted to do in his heart a bad desire? (No, it wasn’t. But it was not in God’s plan.)
2. How many times is the word “I” used in these verses? (7)
3. Who brought about all the wonderful things in Israel’s past and in David’s life? (Let there be no mistake, God has brought you to where you are!)
4. What are some reasons God-centered lives leave lasting legacies?
Notice that David focused on what he wanted to do for God, while God focused on what He had done and would do for and through David.
While we should desire to live a life pleasing to God, there is nothing we can do to add to God’s glory, majesty or power! God needs nothing from us but He does desire a life of obedience!
5. Read 2 Sam. 7:9. We’ve been challenged to commit this verse to memory. How can committing this verse to memory compel you to gratefully reflect on how God has worked in and through you?
6. How can grateful God-centered reflection empower us to leave a lasting legacy?
7. How has God gone ahead of you into a particular situation?
Rule! Read 2 Samuel 7:11b-17
1. How did God promise to continue working for and through David? (David’s son, Solomon, will build the temple. Through David’s lineage the King of kings would come into the world. God would discipline his people ultimately by allowing Babylon to remove the last of David’s earthly descendants from the throne of Israel in 586 BC as discipline for disobedience.)
Many biblical promises had a literal, immediate fulfillment and will also have a spiritual, ultimate fulfillment.
From the time Joshua led Israel across the Jordan River there had been conflicts with the people who inhabited the land of Canaan. We don’t know exactly when this event occurred but it was somewhere in the middle of David’s 33 year reign, so it had been some 500 years since the days of Joshua.
2. How would you describe the ultimate fulfillment of this verse?
3. Look at verse 15. What else will endure forever?
4. When is this verse most comforting to you?
5. How should the affirmation of God’s covenant have impacted David’s life?
6. How does God’s promise to David impact us today? (Hope eternal!)
7. In one sense Jesus rules over the entire universe, but where does He rule specifically? (In the heart of a Christian!)
8. Does He rule in your heart?
Rejoice over! Read 2 Samuel 7:18-21
1. What are some adjectives you would use to characterize David in this passage? (Humble, overwhelmed, thankful, grateful, etc)
David appeared to be stunned at how God chose to bless him.
2. When has God just stunned you speechless?
David understood that what God had done so far in his life didn’t even tax God’s great power—He was just getting started!
3. How does what God has already done for us in the past secure what He will continue to do now and on into eternity? (We can trust our future to Him based on the evidence of His great love and presence with us in the past.)
God’s promise of an eternal throne to David was a revelation for mankind. God’s covenant with David in no way invalidated God’s covenant with Abraham, it simply gave more details of things to come.
4. What is the relationship between humility and thankfulness?
5. How do people’s attitudes about themselves impact their ability to express thankfulness to others? (If we do not have a heart of humility there is only one other choice and that is “pride”.)
6. How can these verses help us voice our own prayer of thanks to God?
Summarize and Challenge!
· It is only by having a humble spirit that we can thankfully reflect on how God has worked in and through our life!
· Jesus’ rule will endure forever!
· As believers, we should humbly thank God for His gracious blessings, the greatest being salvation He provided—to us free but very costly to Him!
We may not see the ultimate results of our obedience. We are to simply be obedient trusting God for the ultimate results—our legacy!
David could have gotten mad over this situation, had Nathan killed, and gone ahead with his own plans. Yet he humbly yielded to God’s will!
Is there an area of your life that you need to completely turn over to God’s will for your life?