Who was like ancient Israel?

2 Samuel Bible Background

04.23.2018 – Old Testament: 2Sa 7.23–24

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 7–9 on April 23, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

David told Nathan that he saw that he had a luxurious home, but that the Ark of God dwelt in a tent. Nathan told David to do what he desired, knowing that the Lord was with him. However, the Lord would not let David built a house for the Lord. Instead He promised to do wonderful things for David.

Then he prayed to the Lord, thanking Him and glorifying Him for what He had done for both Israel and for David. David said this concerning what the Lord had done for Israel,

“And who is like Your people, like Israel, the one nation on the earth whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people, to make for Himself a name—and to do for Yourself great and awesome deeds for Your land—before Your people whom You redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, the nations, and their gods? For You have made Your people Israel Your very own people forever; and You, LORD, have become their God” (2 Samuel 7.23–24).

Truly, the Lord did do amazing things for Israel, especially, as David said, when the Lord went to another nation, Egypt, and rescued His people from there and brought them to their own land. What other example do we have in world history of any god doing such a thing for its people?


  • From what has the Lord delivered you?
  • What great things have you seen the Lord do in other people’s lives?

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