Have you ever wondered what more you could do to serve the kingdom? In our study today David had a big idea of what he could do to show his love for God, but the Lord had an even bigger idea for David, and for all the generations to come. Here we find the Davidic Covenant. God's unconditional promise to David that from the tribe of Judah and through his lineage, the Messiah would come.
1 Chronicles 17:1 Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord remaineth under curtains. 2 Then Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thine heart; for God is with thee. At this time cedar was one of the most expensive woods one could build with. David seems to be feeling a little guilty that the Lord had blessed him with a house that was extravagant, but the Ark of the Covenant was in a tent. The Lord was indeed "with" David, but it was wrong for Nathan to assume God would be pleased with David constructing a temple.
3 And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan, saying, 4 Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the Lord, Thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in: 5 For I have not dwelt in an house since the day that I brought up Israel unto this day; but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another. 6 Wheresoever I have walked with all Israel, spake I a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people, saying, Why have ye not built me an house of cedars? 7 Now therefore thus shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, even from following the sheep, that thou shouldest be ruler over my people Israel: 8 And I have been with thee whithersoever thou hast walked, and have cut off all thine enemies from before thee, and have made thee a name like the name of the great men that are in the earth. 9 Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the beginning, 10 And since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel. Moreover I will subdue all thine enemies. Furthermore I tell thee that the Lord will build thee an house. The Lord was very precise with Moses as to how the "tent" or tabernacle was to be built. (Exodus 26) If He had wanted a building, He would have told them so at the time. God does not admonish David for wanting to do this grand thing, but He rather reminds him that it was God who made him, so what could David possibly do for God? He took David from the "sheepcote" or sheep pens and made him king over Israel. God tells David that He will build David a house.
11 And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever. 13 I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee: 14 But I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever: and his throne shall be established for evermore. 15 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David. God blessed David with a "house" even more grand than the temple that Solomon would build. The temple in all its splendor stood for a number of years, but the house of David will reign forever in great power and glory through the Lord Jesus Christ. God had taken His "mercy" from king Saul for his disobedience. David's reign would be the first to pass to the next generation.
Verses 16-26 are David's response to the Lord for this blessing, and are virtually identical to 2 Samuel 7:1-29.
27 Now therefore let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may be before thee for ever: for thou blessest, O Lord, and it shall be blessed for ever. Our chapter closes with this verse. David although king, is but a humble servant to the Lord. When the Lord blesses "it shall be blessed for ever."
Tomorrow David takes more territory for Israel.
Jesus, The Son of God. His Deity #11 As Shown By The Epistles. In the writings of Paul:
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. This one verse contains the entire gospel. The Christian life can be defined here. It is no longer the flesh that rules our lives; it is the Holy Ghost that "liveth in me" or inside of us that controls our lives. We are still in this body of flesh that will one day die, but our souls will live on forever. Jesus "gave himself for me" so that I may have the sin committed in the flesh covered by His blood never to be remembered any more. What other god or religion can claim this? I looked up the word Deity here: http://www.webster-dictionary.org/definition/deity And found under related words, no less than 172 gods or deities listed, and I am sure that is an abbreviated list. We can make anything or anyone a god in our own lives, but that does not change the truth of Who THE God is.
Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory forever.
FAITH: Forsaking All I Trust Him.