Read 2 Samuel 7
Focus on verse 11-13
There is a house being built just up the street from us. My grandson finds it fascinating to watch as the project moves through each stage of the process. This morning I was impressed at how quickly the block walls were constructed. In mere hours about ten palettes of concrete block was transformed into ten foot high concrete walls surrounding the entire foundation. It was obvious to me by the way the men worked together, that this was not the first time they had put up block walls.
In today’s reading King David considers building a permanent temple in Jerusalem to house the ark of God. His observation is that he himself lives in a palace of cedar, while the ark of God resides in a tent. God speaks to Nathan the prophet about this, and instructed him to inform the king that God has a different plan.
“ ‘The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. (v. 11-13)
The house God refers to that He will build for David is not a brick and mortar house, but a spiritual house. This house implies that God will establish David and his ongoing bloodline as the line through which the King of Kings will eventually be born. He also informs David that he is not the one to build a house for the ark of God to dwell in, but that David’s son will be the one to accomplish that task.
There is an interesting principle that reveals something of the character of God in this account. David offers to build a house for God, but God turns around and says thank you, I appreciate the thought, but actually, I am going to build a house upon you, and then your son will build the house which you now have in mind for me. The principle is this: a spiritual foundation must precede the completion of a mission when it comes to serving God.