The promises of God in 2 Samuel 7 may correctly be understood as the focus of Old Testament prophecy, the climax of David’s life, and the foundation for a major theme in the writings of the Prophets that followed.
Read these quotes: 2 Samuel 7 is:
- “the center and focus of … the Deuteronomic history itself” (Youngblood);
- “the dramatic and theological center of the entire Samuel corpus” and in fact “the most crucial theological statement in the Old Testament.” (Brueggemann)
The Lord’s words recorded here constitute the longest recorded monologue attributed to him since the days of Moses (197 words). The enormous size of this divine pronouncement suggests that the writer intended it to be interpreted as centrally important—perhaps on a plane with the Torah itself.