Preparations For The Temple

In 1973 I was the Regional director for Word of Life Clubs in the Midwest Region of the US and Wayne Lewis, a co- worker, asked me go with him on a short-term missions trip to St John  Newfoundland. The Lord worked in a wonderful way and it was such a life changing experienc … More

Dreams

God points out the place where he wants the temple to be built. David was excited to dream about and make preparations for this great work. However, David was not allowed to build, but wanted to do all he could before his death. This should remind us that whatever our hands find to do for God we need to do it with all our might. When the Lord refuses to involve us in the things we dream about, we must not be discouraged or idle, but do what we can for Him.

David picks out the place for the temple is to be built which is the threshing floor purchased from Ornan (v. 1). He hires foreigners to cut the stones, orders a large supply of iron to make nails, hinges, etc., orders an abundance of bronze and has cedar logs brought in from Sidon and Tyre (vv. 2-4). He said, “The Temple of the Lord must be great, so everyone in the world will know about it” (v. 5). Since his son Solomon was young and had no experience he wanted to make sure everything was ready for the temple to be built. Then he sends for Solomon to come and build the temple (v. 6). He explains to his son how he personally wanted to build the temple but God said no (vv. 7-8). The reason was that he had killed too many people and fought too many battles. God said Solomon was the man for the job and how He would bless him and his descendants (vv. 9-10).  

Application

I may have big dreams about things I want to do but I need to be content in the things that God wants me to do at the time.

I Chronicles 22:1-10 (English Standard Version)

Then David said, "Here shall be the house of the LORD God and here the altar of burnt offering for Israel." David commanded to gather together the resident aliens who were in the land of Israel, and he set stonecutters to prepare dressed stones for building the house of God. David also provided great quantities of iron for nails for the doors of the gates and for clamps, as well as bronze in quantities beyond weighing, and cedar timbers without number, for the Sidonians and Tyrians brought great quantities of cedar to David. For David said, "Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the LORD must be exceedingly magnificent, of fame and glory throughout all lands. I will therefore make preparation for it." So David provided materials in great quantity before his death. Then he called for Solomon his son and charged him to build a house for the LORD, the God of Israel. David said to Solomon, "My son, I had it in my heart to build a house to the name of the LORD my God. But the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 'You have shed much blood and have waged great wars. You shall not build a house to my name, because you have shed so much blood before me on the earth. Behold, a son shall be born to you who shall be a man of rest. I will give him rest from all his surrounding enemies. For his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days. He shall build a house for my name. He shall be my son, and I will be his father, and I will establish his royal throne in Israel forever."'

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