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The Christmas Story from The Family Reading Bible is a way that you as a parent can engage your children in reading and discussing Scripture together as a family. The readings are taken directly from the Bible beginning in the Old Testament, and they will help you lead your family through the whole Christmas story from the promise to the birth of the Savior. This unique seasonal book is the perfect tool for kids young and old to understand and embrace one of the most important stories of the Bible. This seasonal ...
The Christmas Story from The Family Reading Bible is a way that you as a parent can engage your children in reading and discussing Scripture together as a family. The readings are taken directly from the Bible beginning in the Old Testament, and they will help you lead your family through the whole Christmas story from the promise to the birth of the Savior. This unique seasonal book is the perfect tool for kids young and old to understand and embrace one of the most important stories of the Bible. This seasonal book also provides a sample of one of the three reading tracks found in the Family Reading Bible: http://www.zondervan.com/Cultures/en-US/Product/ProductDetail.htm?ProdID=com.zondervan.9780310941965&QueryStringSite=Zondervan
David's Forever Kingdom
King David loved God and wanted to build a temple for God to live in. But God said he would establish an even greater "house"—a kingdom that would last forever. God had great plans for David's family. Not just for his son or grandson, but for someone who would be born many generations later.
2 Samuel 7:1–17
GOD'S PROMISE TO DAVID
7 After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2 he said to Nathan the prophet, "Here I am, living in a palace of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent."
3 Nathan replied to the king, "Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you."
4 That night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying:
5 "Go and tell my servant David, 'This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? 6 I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling. 7 Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, "Why have you not built me a house of cedar?"'
8 "Now then, tell my servant David, 'This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture and from following the flock to be ruler over my people Israel. 9 I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men of the earth. 10 And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning 11 and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies. "'The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: 12 When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men. 15 But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.'"
17 Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation.
JUST THE FACTS
1. Who gave God's message to King David? (v. 4)
2. What did God promise his people? (vv. 10–11)
3. What did God promise David and his descendants? (vv. 12,15–16)
1. What do you think it meant in David's time to "establish a house"? In what ways are families important in our culture today? How is your family important to you?
2. Who were your ancestors? How many generations can you identify? What is it like to imagine having children and grandchildren who will come after you?
WHY THIS MATTERS
God made a promise to David that he would establish a kingdom for David's descendants. Hundreds of years after David died, God sent his Son, Jesus, who came from David's family, to be the king of the Jews.
POINTS OF INTEREST
7:6 The "tent" God was referring to was the tabernacle that had been his portable dwelling place ever since the Israelites camped at Mount Sinai in the desert. It was intended to be used only while the Israelites were on the march. But the Israelites had lived in the land God had promised them for more than 400 years and still had not built a permanent temple—a house in which they could worship the one true God.
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