Matthew’s account of the life of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) points to the man this story is about. “So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations. See Matthew 1:17. King David unified the tribes of Israel in a way Saul had not. Defeating Israel’s enemies, he made Jerusalem Israel’s capital. He brought the Tabernacle to Mount Moriah, the place where Abraham had been willing to sacrifice his only son by Sarah. David was “a man after God’s own heart” even though he was a coveter, adulterer, murderer, and deceiver. Israel’s greatest king made his people strong and prosperous. Because he made Israel great among the nations of the world, in the time of Jesus the people were looking for someone like David who would make Israel and the Jewish people great again in the sight of the entire world. Learn to teach the story this story well, and your disciples will have a better understanding who Jesus is and why David is so important to the proclamation of the Gospel and the making of disciples where you live, work, and play.
2 Samuel 7:16
Main Story Points
1. The armies of the Philistines and Israel watched each other from opposing mountain slopes with a creek running below them in the Elah Valley.
2. Goliath mocked the shepherd boy who had come out to fight him.
3. David recognized the presence of God and declared that the battle was the Lord’s and that He would win it for him.
4. David rushed forward, slinging a stone above his head and let it fly, dropping Goliath to the ground.
5. Taking Goliath’s sword, he cut off Goliath’s head. The Philistines fled for their lives.
6. The army of Israel pursued them all the way to Gath and Ekron.
7. Saul became jealous and began to seek his life.
8. After David became king, he wanted to build God a Temple in Jerusalem. But he was prohibited from doing so. Solomon would build it.
9. David remembered all that God had done for His people from the time of Abraham to his own time.
10. Quote 2 Samuel 7:16: “Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever.” NASB
Points to Ponder
1. Identify the major people in the genealogy of Jesus from memory, starting from Eve all the way to David.
2. All of the stories we’ve learned thus far continue to illustrate how God has connected every event, person, and place as part of His grand plan for His creation.
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