David Prepares for the Temple (1 Chronicles)

Hewn StoneYou may recall that David deeply desired to establish a majestic house for Yahweh God. Once the thought entered his heart, it became his life’s passion. However, God forbade David from actually building it, because he was a man of great bloodshed. Instead, his son Solomon, a man of peace, would build it.

Undeterred, David enthusiastically prepared for construction, devoting the last few years of his life to gathering materials, drawing the plans, and commissioning his son with the high honor.

Next time you read 1 Chronicles, look for the bold thread of TEMPLE PREPARATION. Here are some breadcrumbs:

  • David brought the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem (15.1-28)
  • David chose the Temple site: the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite (21.28-22.1)
  • David prepared hewed stones and iron nails and gate fittings, collected bronze and cedar trees in abundance, making “abundant preparations before his death” (22.2-5)
  • David officially charged Solomon with the Temple’s construction (22.11)
  • David appointed directors for the music of the house of the Lord (25.6)
  • David appointed gatekeepers (26.12)
  • David appointed treasurers (26.22)
  • David dedicated the treasury in preparation to build the house of the Lord (29.1-20)

LumberIMPORTANT: All David did in preparation and the plans he delivered to Solomon were not of his own design and imagination. “David gave his son Solomon the plans…the plans for all that he had by the Spirit” (28.11-12), and he claimed, “All this the LORD made me understand in writing, by His hand upon me, all the works of these plans” (28.19). David was Spirit-filled; the plans for the Temple were God-breathed.

In a final prayer, David poured out his heart:

“O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep this forever in the intent of the thoughts of the heart of Your people, and fix their heart toward You. And give my son Solomon a loyal heart to keep Your commandments and Your testimonies and Your statutes, to do all these things, and to build the temple for which I have made provision.” (29.18-19)

Looking back from beyond Babylonian captivity, the second-temple Jews remembered the first temple as they read these Chronicles. David’s passion for God’s glory must have inspired them, and the descriptions of God’s blessing and the beauty of the first house must have filled them with pride. Of course, their second temple couldn’t hold a candle to Solomon’s temple, but at least their heritage continued and they were able to worship Yahweh God in His prescribed manner.

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