This Sunday school teaching thing can be a little tricky. I always pray for the Lord to guide every word that comes out of my mouth because I care deeply about getting it all right. I don’t ever want “me” or my opinion to slip in there. I simply want to teach the truth. God’s truth.
This past week I studied 2 Samuel 23, the last words of David, king of Israel. Technically, these aren’t his actual, death bed last words, but rather his last psalm. (A psalm is a sacred song or hymn.) David was a masterful musician and wordsmith, he wrote 75 of the 150 psalms in the book of Psalms. Long before David was king, he was hired to play the lyre for King Saul whenever he had a mental breakdown.
In the middle of my studies, I came across verse 5. I normally use the NIV because it’s just plain easier for this girl to understand. I pair it with the commentary of Matthew Henry to really understand what’s going on. He uses the King James Version because that’s all they had back when he was alive and writing his commentaries. While studying verse 5, it became obvious that his Bible said something different from mine, so I investigated. I have an original version NIV and this is what it read:
“If my house were not right with God, surely He would not have made with me an everlasting covenant, arranged and secured in every part; surely he would not bring to fruition my salvation and grant me my every desire.”
I picked up my old King James and it said something a little different:
“Although my house be not so with God; yet He hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although He make it not to grow.”
So which is it? Because David’s house was right with the Lord, He chose to make an everlasting covenant with him, OR despite the fact his house wasn’t right with God, God still chose to bless him with an everlasting covenant??? I mean, I know David’s family was not right with God, a lot of times his life played out like a modern day soap opera. But this detail bothered me all week because I wanted to get my teaching right. What did David really mean?! I prayed about it, “God, please just tell me which it is. Pretty please?” I even sought out wise counsel. (I know when to seek out those smarter than me!) At one point, two pastors had three different Bible versions open and discussing that verse.
Finally Saturday morning God whispered something to me that frankly made me clutch my pearls. He said “It doesn’t matter what he said. What matters is the everlasting covenant I made with him.” I responded with “WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT DOESN’T MATTER???” Well of course it matters what is written in His holy word. But the point is, we can get so bogged down in the details that don’t matter, we don’t see what really does. In this case, it’s the covenant that matters. In 2 Samuel 7:16, God gives David an everlasting covenant. He said, “Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.” He’s talking about Jesus! Jesus is a descendant of David and will forever sit on the throne. God’s plan of salvation is perfectly organized and secure. Jesus came to earth to die on the cross to save us from our sins. All we have to do is acknowledge Jesus as our savior, ask Him for forgiveness of our sins and to live in our heart forever. That’s it! So simple. And it’s secure because we can’t ever lose Him once He’s in us. He’s here to stay.
So don’t get bogged down by the details that don’t matter. Always remember that God is still in control and Jesus is still on the throne.