MUSINGS – July 10 2018
A HOUSE FOR YOU
2 Samuel 7:1-13
“While King David was living in his house, the LORD gave him peace with all his enemies around him. So the king said to the prophet Nathan, “Look, I’m living in a house made of cedar, while the ark of God remains in the tent.” Nathan told the king, “Do everything you have in mind, because the LORD is with you.”
But that same night the LORD spoke his word to Nathan: “Say to my servant David, ‘This is what the LORD says: Are you the one who will build me a house to live in? I haven’t lived in a house from the day I took Israel out of Egypt to this day. Instead, I moved around in a tent, the tent of meeting. In all the places I’ve moved with all the Israelites, did I ever ask any of the judges of Israel whom I ordered to be shepherds of my people Israel why they didn’t build me a house of cedar?’
“Now this is what you will say to my servant David: ‘This is what the LORD of Armies says: I took you from the pasture where you followed sheep so that you could be the leader of my people Israel. I was with you wherever you went, and I destroyed all your enemies in front of you. I will make your name famous like the names of the greatest people on earth. I will make a place for my people Israel and plant them there. They will live in their own place and not be troubled anymore. The wicked will no longer oppress them as they used to do ever since I appointed judges to rule my people Israel.
So I will give you peace with all your enemies. I, the LORD, tell you that I will make a house for you.”
So here goes David making plans, without consulting God, again! You would have thought he’d have learned something from his missadventure when he planned to bring the Ark of the LORD back to Jerusalem. (2 Samuel 6:1-14)
The prophet Nathan original gave his stamp of approval to David’s plans. He like David spoke without consulting asking God. However, that evening, God had a little talk with Nathan. And gave him this message for David, “Are you the one who will build me a house?” God answered this question in 1 Chronicles 22:8, “But the LORD spoke his word to me by saying, ‘You have caused a lot of bloodshed and fought in a lot of wars. You must not build a temple for my name because you have caused so much bloodshed in my presence.”
So this scripture reading starts with David deciding to build a house for the Lord and ends with the Lord promising to build a house for David. It wasn’t to be a structural house but a house of faithful followers of God’s word. It it cumulated in the cornerstone*, Jesus the Christ.
*Acts 4:10-11, Ephesians 2: 20, Isaiah 28 16, 1st Corinthians 3: 11, and many others.
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