Application: Come up with a list of do's and don'ts in the pursuit of satisfaction.
Prayer: God, help me be quick to listen to Truth, careful in my speech, and diligent in my work. Amen.
Application: God allows difficulties so we can trust Him to deliver us from them; out of the difficulties He gives blessings, so we can bless Him and others (both materially and spiritually).
Prayer: God, help me view every difficulty not as a source of panic, but as a source of eventual prosperity as I respond correctly to the problem, faithfully trusting and obeying You. Amen.
Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
Luke 1:31 behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.
- Some say the Messiah hasn't come yet. - Jewish view. The destruction of the Temple in AD 70 makes this view problematic, because after that, there was no kingdom of Israel until AD 1948 when the secular state of Israel was re-established. The peaceful theocratic kingdom, the line of David, and a king ruling on his throne are distant memories.
- Some say that all the promises are fulfilled in Christ's (anointed/Messiah) first advent. - Amillenial view (no millennium - 1000 year future reign of Christ). This view “spiritualizes” the promises, saying they are fulfilled by the Christian church, in a non-literal way. It has the advantage of explaining why the Jewish kingdom ceased after Christ. However, it fails to take into account the rest of the OT information about a future regathering of literal Israel, in the literal land, ruled over literally by the Messiah. It also ignores the NT teaching about a future kingdom, and has no Biblical support for having Christ currently sitting upon David's throne.
- This view would make our current day, and all of history since Christ, His theocratic rule, in which God blesses the world with his rule as promised to Abraham. Anyone with a awareness of history would be uncomfortable with this view as compatible with the peaceful rule He wanted to have in ancient Israel.
- Some say that Christ is the promised descendant who partially fulfills the promises at His first advent, and will completely fulfill them when He returns to set up the millennial kingdom. - Premillennial view (Christ returns before the millennium). This has the advantage of a literal fulfillment, and takes into account all the OT and NT data (e.g., Rom 11; Rev 20). The disadvantage is that we don't currently see the Messiah ruling (Hebrews 2:8-10). During the Babylonian exile Israel wasn't in the land, nor was there a descendent of David on David's throne, yet the promise was still intact. The NT indicates that the kingdom, in the person of Jesus was standing in the midst of the Pharisees who were rejecting Him (Lk 17:21-37). Thus if the kingdom promises and Davidic line are safely and eternally bound up in the person of Jesus, when He returns and rules, all will be completely fulfilled.
2 Samuel 7-10 complete text