Lesson 8: October 22, 2017
God’s Covenant with David: 2 Samuel 7:1-6, 8-10, 12-16
Teaching Strategy: What plans does your congregation have to honor God that might differ from what God wants to do with you and through you? How can we be sure that our plans align with God’s will?
David was a shepherd who became a King. God’s covenant with David included the promise that God would establish a kingdom through David’s offspring. This week’s lesson describes how David wanted to build to build a “house” for God, but it was revealed to the prophet Nathan that David would not allowed to build this house. It would be David’s descendants rather than David himself who would build a house where God would dwell.
The Unifying Principle that ties the developmental lessons together highlights the tension that is always present between what we are called to do – and can do – in our lifetimes and what God will do through others in the future. Our timing may not be the same as God’s timing. We may be called to begin work that will be completed only beyond our lifetimes. The scripture also reminds us that no matter how good our intentions, what we think God wants us to do may not in fact be what God desires of us. God’s will may not be the same as our will – even when we think we are trying to do what God wants. We are challenged to let go, to give control to God. But how do we do that? How do we discern God’s will? Who are the modern prophets helping us to know what God desires NOW?
In the midst of very challenging times, we may ask ourselves, what is God’s vision for the future of the church?
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- Responding to the World’s Challenges: Forum Shapes Strategy on Diakonia (World Council of Churches)
Fall 2017 Theme: Covenant
Unifying Principle: When entering into relationships with others, people struggle to retain control of their plans and dreams. How can people sacrifice control in order to maintain vital relationships? God’s covenant with David is a compromise between the eternal, omnipresent God and the time- and space-bound David by allowing a temple to be built, but beyond David’s lifetime.
Posted on: October 16, 2017, by : Sharon Harris-Ewing