This week in our advent series we continue to look at Jesus’ genealogical connection to King David, but also, more importantly, his covenant connection to King David.
Read 2 Samuel 7:1-17.
1. David’s Plan
What did David want to do for God? Why is it so important to remember that we don’t actually do anything for God, but rather He does things through us?
David may have thought that if he built a house for God, then God would owe him blessings. In what ways have you found yourself bargaining with God in this same way?
Examples: 1) I have kept myself pure so God owes me a spouse. 2) I have raised my children correctly so God owes me “good kids.” 3) I have been faithful at church so God owes me a comfortable life.
2. God’s Plan
Review 2 Samuel 7:12-16. This passage gives us God’s covenant with David. It is very similar and even a sharpening of the Abrahamic Covenant.
How does the language of the Davidic Covenant show that God will overcome Death, Sin, and Time?
3. God’s Ultimate Plan
Death, Sin, and Time are three things that are obstacles to true goodness, meaning, and obviously life. How does Jesus overcome these three obstacles?
Read Hebrews 1:5; Luke 1:31-33; Isaiah 9:6-7, 11:6-8. In what ways is Jesus the fulfillment of the Davidic promises?
Discuss these three truths about Jesus as the Davidic King:
If Jesus is the Davidic King: 1) We must obey him. 2) We can trust his faithfulness. 3) We have hope in life and in death.
Ask your children what their favorite story about a king is. Ask “what makes a good king good?” “What does a good King do for his people?”
Talk to your kids about a shepherd. What is a shepherd like? What makes a good shepherd?
Help your children to see that Jesus is not just a nice person who lived and helped people. Also, help them to see that Jesus is even more than our Savior. He is also our King! He is our Shepherd King.
A Shepherd King does not demand anything from his subjects- He gives himself FOR his subjects. David was a Shepherd-King, but he failed over and over. Jesus is the Shepherd King who never fails.
Fighter Verse Questions for Groups and Families
Isaiah 9:6. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
Take time to meditate and pray through these four names of Christ (Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace). What does each of these mean to you personally? Where have you seen Jesus be these things for you? Worship him through prayer, thanksgiving, and song.