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Summary: Here's a sermon about God's promises, giving to the Lord, and God's justice.

David's Kingdom Expands

2 Samuel 8:1-18

1After this it came to pass that David attacked the Philistines and subdued them. And David took Metheg Ammah from the hand of the Philistines. 2Then he defeated Moab. Forcing them down to the ground, he measured them off with a line. With two lines he measured off those to be put to death, and with one full line those to be kept alive. So the Moabites became David's servants, and brought tribute.

3David also defeated Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover his territory at the River Euphrates.

4David took from him one thousand chariots, seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand foot soldiers. Also David hamstrung all the chariot horses, except that he spared enough of them for one hundred chariots.

5When the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David killed twenty-two thousand of the Syrians.

6Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus; and the Syrians became David's servants, and brought tribute. The LORD preserved David wherever he went.

7And David took the shields of gold that had belonged to the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.

8Also from Betah and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, King David took a large amount of bronze.

9When Toi king of Hamath heard that David had defeated all the army of Hadadezer,

10then Toi sent Joram his son to King David, to greet him and bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer and defeated him (for Hadadezer had been at war with Toi); and Joram brought with him articles of silver, articles of gold, and articles of bronze.

11King David also dedicated these to the LORD, along with the silver and gold that he had dedicated from all the nations which he had subdued-- 12from Syria, from Moab, from the people of Ammon, from the Philistines, from Amalek, and from the spoil of Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah.

13And David made himself a name when he returned from killing eighteen thousand Syrians in the Valley of Salt.

14He also put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom he put garrisons, and all the Edomites became David's servants. And the LORD preserved David wherever he went.

15So David reigned over all Israel; and David administered judgment and justice to all his people.

16Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the army; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder;

17Zadok the son of Ahitub and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar were the priests; Seraiah was the scribe;

18Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over both the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief ministers.

Our examination of the Life of David continues this morning.

The 8th chapter of 2 Samuel contains a lot of history.

However, there are some powerful lessons in all this history.

Point #1. When God makes a promise,

nothing or no person can ruin the promise God makes.

At the end of chapter 7 we see what God had promised David.

2 Samuel 7:29 Now therefore, let it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue forever before You; for You, O Lord GOD, have spoken it, and with Your blessing let the house of Your servant be blessed forever."

In the Book of Genesis we read about

what God had promised to Abraham.

Genesis 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said to Abram: "Get out of your country,

From your family And from your father's house, To a land that I will show

you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you

And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.

3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you;

And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."

Genesis 15:5 Then He brought him outside and said, "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be."

God promised Abraham that all of Canaan

would be part of Israel.

Now, here in chapter 8 that's beginning to happen.

David is setting out to conquer the pagan worshipping Canaanites.

In the west, it will be the Philistines.

In the east, it will be the Moabites.

To the north and northeast it's the Syrians.

To the south it's the Edomites.

This will be the expansion of the kingdom of David.

However, we must remember this.

All this will happen because of the promise God made to Abraham.

The lesson is very simple.

When God makes a promise,

nothing or no person can ruin the promise God makes.

There are many promises found in the Bible.

When God says something, it will happen!

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