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May 18

It is hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom
2Samuel 7-9 / Luke 17-18

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OT

7:1 When the LORD had brought peace to the land and King David was settled in his palace, David summoned Nathan the prophet. “Look!” David said. “Here I am living in this beautiful cedar palace, but the Ark of God is out in a tent!”

:8-13 “Now go and say to my servant David, This is what the LORD Almighty says: I chose you to lead my people Israel when you were just a shepherd boy, tending your sheep out in the pasture. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have destroyed all your enemies. Now I will make your name famous throughout the earth! And I have provided a permanent homeland for my people Israel, a secure place where they will never be disturbed. It will be their own land where wicked nations won’t oppress them as they did in the past,from the time I appointed judges to rule my people. And I will keep you safe from all your enemies. “And now the LORD declares that he will build a house for you–a dynasty of kings! For when you die, I will raise up one of your descendants, and I will make his kingdom strong. He is the one who will build a house–a temple–for my name. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

NT

18:29-30 Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you, everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God, will be repaid many times over in this life, as well as receiving eternal life in the world to come.


OT Flash Points

When God’s promises are fulfilled, there’s rest from your enemies
Oh Sovereign LORD
Free of speculation – what can I do for God? instead of – what will God do for me?
New promise – the Messiah will come through your descendents
God’s kind of king is fair, fierce and generous to the household of His predecessors

NT Flash Points

Cling to this life (natural) and you will lose it
Those who lose/exchange this life will save it


Perspective

It is hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom

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