Samuel 7:1-14a and Psalm 89:20-37
Now when the king was settled in his house, and the LORD had
given him rest from all his enemies around him,
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
the king said to the prophet Nathan, "See now, I am living
in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent."
Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that you have in mind;
for the LORD is with you."
But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan:
Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the LORD: Are you the
one to build me a house to live in?
I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the
people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving
about in a tent and a tabernacle.
Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did
I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel,
whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, "Why
have you not built me a house of cedar?"
Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says
the LORD of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following
the sheep to be prince over my people Israel;
and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all
your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great
name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.
And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant
them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed
no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly,
from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and
I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the LORD
declares to you that the LORD will make you a house.
When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your
ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall
come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.
He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the
throne of his kingdom forever.
I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me.
I have found my servant David; with my holy oil I have anointed
my hand shall always remain with him; my arm also shall
The enemy shall not outwit him, the wicked shall not humble him.
I will crush his foes before him and strike down those who hate
My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with him; and in my
name his horn shall be exalted.
I will set his hand on the sea and his right hand on the rivers.
He shall cry to me, 'You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of
I will make him the firstborn, the highest of the kings of the
Forever I will keep my steadfast love for him, and my covenant
with him will stand firm.
I will establish his line forever, and his throne as long as the
If his children forsake my law and do not walk according to my
if they violate my statutes and do not keep my commandments,
then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their
iniquity with scourges;
but I will not remove from him my steadfast love, or be false to
I will not violate my covenant, or alter the word that went
forth from my lips.
Once and for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to
His line shall continue forever, and his throne endure before me
like the sun.
It shall be established forever like the moon, an enduring
witness in the skies." Selah
So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called
"the uncircumcision" by those who are called "the
circumcision" --a physical circumcision made in the flesh
by human hands--
remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens
from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants
of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been
brought near by the blood of Christ.
For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into
one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the
hostility between us.
He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances,
that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the
two, thus making peace,
and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the
cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it.
So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and
peace to those who were near;
for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are
citizens with the saints and also members of the household of
built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with
Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.
In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a
holy temple in the Lord;
in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling
place for God.
The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they
had done and taught.
He said to them, "Come away to a deserted place all by
yourselves and rest a while." For many were coming and
going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by
themselves. 6:33 Now many saw them going and recognized them,
and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived
ahead of them.
As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion
for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and
he began to teach them many things.
When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and
moored the boat.
When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him,
and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick
on mats to wherever they heard he was.
And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they
laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they
might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it