It's Quiz Day at the Rock Church! Pastor Miles reviewed the theme of King David's throne in 2 Samuel and what this means to us:
1. Throne Home - 2 Samuel 5
King David and his army take on the Jebusites, inhabit Jerusalem as a stronghold, and rename it the City of David. Because of its position on Mt. Zion, Jerusalem has a relatively safe location and David fortifies the city to ensure its protection. But the main reason David chooses this city as the capital is that it is central, making it easier to be accessed by all of Israel. God's throne must have an accessible location, be protected, and be central to the king's identity.
Similarly, it is important to let Jesus into our hearts because the heart is our core, the center of our lives. What affects the body may or may not affect the heart, but what affects the heart affects the rest of the body. When Jesus is at the center of our lives, our identity is found in Him and He becomes central to every decision we make and action we take.
2. Power of the Throne - 2 Samuel 6
The Ark of the Covenant is not just a symbol of God's power, it is God's power. In 2 Samuel 6, the City of David is secure and David orders the Ark to be brought in to empower the new capital.
But as the oxen pulling the Ark stumble, Uzzah's natural reaction is to touch the Ark to straighten it. Because God has made it very clear that only the Levite are assigned to carry the Ark, Uzzah dies on the spot.
In this chapter, we are reminded that God has set down rules which we follow out of respect for the power of the throne.
3. Covenant of the Throne - 2 Samuel 7
Davidic Covenant - The covenant that God made with King David
2 Samuel 7:16 "And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever." In this verse, God declares a covenant with David that the lineage of David will be on the throne of Israel forever. This is why the first words of New Testament reveal Jesus to be a son of David. In the coming of Jesus through the lineage of David, we see that God keeps His promises.
4. Throne Away - 2 Samuel 11-12
King David sees Bathsheba, wife of Uriah, desires her and takes her, resulting in a pregnancy. As Uriah is away at war as one of David's generals, David calls him home and tries to manipulate Uriah to be with his wife so that he will think the child is his. But Uriah refuses out of respect for the men who remain at war, so David then sends him back to the heat of battle and arranges his death.
David is human and susceptible to his sinful nature, as we all are. As we read of how David's poor judgment throws away the integrity of his throne, we are reminded to take care not to fall prey to this same pitfall.
5. Throne to the Wind - 2 Samuel 13
The events of this chapter reveal how lust can destroy us, our hearts and our thrones.
Love seeks to please others at the expense of ourselves, while lust seeks pleasure at the expense of others
Because of his insatiable longing, David's son Amnon tricks his half-sister Tamar to be with him and then rapes her. But as soon as his actions are done, she disgusts him. These are not the actions of love but of lust. Love seeks to please others at the expense of ourselves, while lust seeks pleasure at the expense of others and destroys our thrones, as we see later in Part 6.
6. Throne to the Wolves - 2 Samuel 15
Absalom kills his half-brother Amnon for raping Tamar, but his revenge doesn't stop there. Absalom insults his father, King David, and begins a plot to overthrow him. Once Absalom believes he has enough followers, he crowns himself king in Hebron and begins a political conflict.
"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." John 10:10
Jesus' words about His throne are in stark contrast to Absalom's behavior regarding his throne.
7. The Throne's Mighty Ones - 2 Samuel 23:8-17
David's Mighty Men are known for individual actions that inspires corporate achievement. But getting a kingdom in order is no easy task. First one has to have discipline over his/her throne, or heart. Then one must exercise that discipline over his/her kingdom, or body. (And as anyone who has dieted, started an exercise program or fasted knows that this is no easy task.) Perhaps most difficult of all is bringing one's mind under control, focusing on what the Lord wants for us and ignoring what the body desires.
8. Throne Before the Lord - 2 Samuel 24
In the first verse of this chapter, we see that God is angry at Israel once more for not obeying Him. We often choose to build our own kingdoms and sit on our own thrones, but we must always recognize that the only reason we have anything at all is because God gives it to us. Pastor Miles challenged each of us to humble ourselves before God and recognize the power of His throne.