Promised Land Lesson 18 Day 4

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These are my Answers to BSF Bible Study questions for People of the Promised Land Lesson 18 Day 4


2 Samuel 7:18-24; 1 Chronicles 17:16-22

9. David overflows with gratitude.

To put it in everyday language, David was blown away.

I love the following quote from The Voice translation:

Then King David was strongly moved and went into the presence of the Eternal. (2 Samuel 7:18)

He tells God how amazing he is. He can hardly believe God promised such a wonderful heritage for his family. In light of God’s amazingness, David feels small and insignificant.

10. David questions why God chose him.

Why have You, Eternal God, brought someone as lowly as me and my family to such a prominent place?

David’s family descended from Boaz and Ruth, a Moabite – not an Israelite. According to Jewish tradition (not included in our Biblical text), there is a long story about how David’s family considered him illegitimate even though all the sons had the same mother.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
    and in sin did my mother conceive me. (Psalm 51:5 ESV)

I am estranged from my brothers,
an alien to my mother’s children, (Psalm 69:9 CJB)

Regardless of the reason, we do know, David didn’t look like his brothers, and he was treated as an outcast. Jesse didn’t present David to Samuel along with his other sons until Samuel pressed him.

Because we know David sinned later in life, it’s easy to assume that’s why he felt so unworthy of God’s extravagant promise.

But since he mentions his family, that could mean he is referring to his Moabite grandmother and that he was, perhaps, illegitimate.

Personal perspective

I think we can all relate to the way David felt unworthy. I know I can.

11. David recognizes God’s greatness.

David says, “Who am I?” (2 Samuel 7:18)

In 2 Samuel 7:22 he says, “So You are great, O Eternal Lord.” (VCE)

David’s attitude wasn’t, “I am so great that even God’s gives me gifts.” His attitude was, “God is so great that He gives even me gifts.” We should receive salvation and every blessing with the same attitude. God’s giving reflects the greatness of the Giver, not the receiver. (Enduring Word Commentary)

Personal application

My husband and I had two financial miracles. To this day, when we look at the documentation, we know it was God because we aren’t that smart.

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