Jacob, the grandson of Abraham, left his homeland because of a dispute with his older brother. Twenty years later Jacob returned home and was reconciled with his brother. God had richly blessed Jacob with great possessions and with twelve sons.

God also gave Jacob a new name “Israel”.  God promised that his family would become a mighty nation and that through his family the whole world would be blessed. A large portion of the Old Testament tells about the history of the nation of Israel and their relationship with the one true God.

Three thousand years ago God established a man named David as the greatest king in Israel’s history. David was a descendant of Jacob and God again promised that through their family line the whole world would be blessed.

God revealed many things to the people of Israel about this blessing. They primarily focused on two things: there would be a great king and this king would save people. 

Discussion

  1. What do you know about the Bible?
  2. What is your #1 question about the Bible?
  3. How can you read the Bible?

Word List
dispute – a disagreement, argument or debate
reconciled – restore friendly relations between
blessed – to give or receive comfort, joy or happiness
promised – declare and assure that something will happen
predictions – statements about uncertain things that will happen in the future

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Next time we will look at some of the predictions about this king.

 

Old Testament Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 7:18-29

 

2 Samuel 7:18-29

7:18 Then David the king went in and took his seat before the Lord, and said, Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, that you have been my guide till now?
7:19 And this was only a small thing to you, O Lord God; but your words have even been about the far-off future of your servant’s family, O Lord God!
7:20 What more may David say to you? for you have knowledge of your servant, O Lord God.
7:21 Because of your word and from your heart, you have done all this great work, and let your servant see it.
7:22 Truly you are great, O Lord God: there is no one like you and no other God but you, as is clear from everything which has come to our ears.
7:23 And what other nation in the earth, like your people Israel, did a god go out to take for himself, to be his people, and to make a name for himself, and to do great and strange things for them, driving out a nation and its gods from before his people?
7:24 But you took and made strong for yourself your people Israel, to be your people for ever; and you, Lord, became their God.
7:25 And now, O Lord God, may the word which you have said about your servant and about his family, be made certain for ever, and may you do as you have said!
7:26 And let your name be made great for ever, and let men say, The Lord of armies is God over Israel: and let the family of David your servant be made strong before you!
7:27 For you, O Lord of armies, the God of Israel, have clearly said to your servant, I will make you the head of a family of kings: and so it has come into your servant’s heart to make this prayer to you.
7:28 And now, O Lord God, you are God and your words are true and you have said you will give your servant this good thing;
7:29 So may it be your pleasure to give your blessing to the family of your servant, so that it may go on for ever before you: (for you, O Lord God, have said it,) and may your blessing be on your servant’s family line for ever!

撒 母 耳 记 下 7:18-29

7:18 于 是 大 卫 王 进 去 , 坐 在 耶 和 华 面 前 , 说 , 主 耶 和 华 阿 , 我 是 谁 。 我 的 家 算 什 么 。 你 竟 使 我 到 这 地 步 呢 ?
7:19 主 耶 和 华 阿 , 这 在 你 眼 中 还 看 为 小 , 又 应 许 你 仆 人 的 家 至 于 久 远 。 主 耶 和 华 阿 , 这 岂 是 人 所 常 遇 的 事 吗 ?
7:20 主 耶 和 华 阿 , 我 还 有 何 言 可 以 对 你 说 呢 ? 因 为 你 知 道 你 的 仆 人 。
7:21 你 行 这 大 事 使 仆 人 知 道 , 是 因 你 所 应 许 的 话 , 也 是 照 你 的 心 意 。
7:22 主 耶 和 华 阿 , 你 本 为 大 , 照 我 们 耳 中 听 见 , 没 有 可 比 你 的 。 除 你 以 外 再 无 神 。
7:23 世 上 有 何 民 能 比 你 的 民 以 色 列 呢 ? 你 从 埃 及 救 赎 他 们 作 自 己 的 子 民 , 又 在 你 赎 出 来 的 民 面 前 行 大 而 可 畏 的 事 , 驱 逐 列 邦 人 和 他 们 的 神 , 显 出 你 的 大 名 。
7:24 你 曾 坚 立 你 的 民 以 色 列 作 你 的 子 民 , 直 到 永 远 。 你 耶 和 华 也 作 了 他 们 的 神 。
7:25 耶 和 华 神 阿 , 你 所 应 许 仆 人 和 仆 人 家 的 话 , 求 你 坚 定 , 直 到 永 远 。 照 你 所 说 的 而 行 。
7:26 愿 人 永 远 尊 你 的 名 为 大 , 说 , 万 军 之 耶 和 华 是 治 理 以 色 列 的 神 。 这 样 , 你 仆 人 大 卫 的 家 必 在 你 面 前 坚 立 。
7:27 万 军 之 耶 和 华 以 色 列 的 神 阿 , 因 你 启 示 你 的 仆 人 说 , 我 必 为 你 建 立 家 室 , 所 以 仆 人 大 胆 向 你 如 此 祈 祷 。
7:28 主 耶 和 华 阿 , 惟 有 你 是 神 。 你 的 话 是 真 实 的 。 你 也 应 许 将 这 福 气 赐 给 仆 人 。
7:29 现 在 求 你 赐 福 与 仆 人 的 家 , 可 以 永 存 在 你 面 前 。 主 耶 和 华 阿 , 这 是 你 所 应 许 的 。 愿 你 永 远 赐 福 与 仆 人 的 家 。