God’s Sense of Humor – 2 Samuel 7

So we find that David wanted to build a “house” for the Lord.  In this case “house” means a house of worship – made of solid materials and luxurious – suited to bring Glory to God.  However, the Lord, through Nathan says to David, “So you, whom I plucked from behind the sheep, want to give me a house?  I will give you a house.”  In the second use, “house” means dynasty. 

That is, folks, a pun.  Some call puns the “lowest form of humor.”  So the Almighty stoops to puns to communicate!  I wonder if he laughs at his own jokes.  When you stop reading the bible as if it is to be read by a newscaster you will find that there are many bits of humor like this – OT scholars call this “word play.” 

So David wanted to make a name for himself by building a house for God.  God had a better idea, David’s name would endure with glory, because it is attached to the one king who can fulfill the eternal promise of this text – I think you know who we mean.

2 Samuel 7:16 
    And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.

Luke 1:31-33
    And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. [32] He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to 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.

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