Today we read further on David’s last words received from the Holy Spirit. It is all about God.
David (king of Israel) is a man who hears God in great details. His son Solomon is known for having been given the task to build (construct) the temple of God. But it is David who hears and received the detailed plan from God, even in writing and drawing, and he hands them faithfully to his son whom God has instructed to be the building constructor of the physical temple and all its parts. This is what a true prophet does. Hearing and receiving and faithfully conveying the correct and exact messages form God.
Watchman’s random notes from these passages:
1. The people whom David calls to hear, witness and obey God’s words: Interestingly he has not called the religious officials, Instead he calls the administrators (government officials). Those in power and authority: political (tribal/community) leaders, army (military forces, law and order) authorities, men with physical strength and power (mighty men, warriors).
Why? Because David is a man of war and he knows whatever good the people want to follow and obey can be ruined and destroyed overnight by those who hold physical (like police and military) power, government (political) authority and brutal force.
2. ‘You must not build a Temple to honor my name, for you are a warrior and have shed much blood.’ David tells these physical leaders that they are not chosen by God and do not qualify to build the temple of God. Just as he is not chosen to build. They cannot assume and equate physical power with spiritual power and authority.
3. Why does David not ask the religious priests, Levites, and temple servants to come and listen? Because he knows they will obey. They are not the problems. They have no physical power. They will obey the rulers in power and authority. So will all the craftsmen and skilled workers. The potential trouble-makers (rebels) will not be among the lower ranks.
4. However, David also prophesies that if Solomon the number one ruler of the kingdom fails to know God intimately, obey God’s instructions, love God with all his being, then all else will collapse. (Just as Jesus has said in John 10:10: “the thief will come in to steal, kill, and destroy). His abundant life will be taken from him and even his people. This has come true.
5. Christians to ponder: What are God’s instructions to me today? What plan of my temple am I following? How am I building, handing over to and equipping my son and daughter? Besides God Himself, what other ‘rulers, principalities, forces and commanders in the spiritual realm’ are watching, listening and witnessing at this point of time?
Ephesians 6:12 New Living Translation (NLT)
12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
1 Chronicles 28:1-21 New Living Translation (NLT) (quoted in parts; highlight added)
David’s Instructions to Solomon
David summoned all the officials of Israel to Jerusalem—the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of the army divisions, the other generals and captains,[a] the overseers of the royal property and livestock, the palace officials, the mighty men, and all the other brave warriors in the kingdom. 2 David rose to his feet and said: “My brothers and my people! It was my desire to build a Temple where the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, God’s footstool, could rest permanently. I made the necessary preparations for building it, 3 but God said to me, ‘You must not build a Temple to honor my name, for you are a warrior and have shed much blood.’
4 “Yet the Lord, the God of Israel, has chosen me from among all my father’s family to be king over Israel forever. For he has chosen the tribe of Judah to rule, and from among the families of Judah he chose my father’s family. And from among my father’s sons the Lord was pleased to make me king over all Israel. 5 And from among my sons—for the Lord has given me many—He chose Solomon to succeed me on the throne of Israel and to rule over the Lord’s kingdom. 6 He said to me, ‘Your son Solomon will build my Temple and its courtyards, for I have chosen him as my son, and I will be his father. 7 And if he continues to obey my commands and regulations as he does now, I will make his kingdom last forever.’
8“So now, with God as our witness, and in the sight of all Israel—the Lord’s assembly—I give you this charge. Be careful to obey all the commands of the Lord your God, so that you may continue to possess this good land and leave it to your children as a permanent inheritance.
9 “And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 10 So take this seriously. The Lord has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary. Be strong, and do the work.”
11 Then David gave Solomon the plans for the Temple and its surroundings,
David also gave Solomon all the plans he had in mind..
13 The king also gave Solomon the instructions concerning the work of the various divisions of priests and Levites in the Temple of the Lord. And he gave specifications for the items in the Temple that were to be used for worship.
14 David gave instructions regarding how much gold and silver should be used…
17 David also designated the amount of gold for the…
18 He designated the amount of refined gold for the altar of incense. Finally, he gave him a plan for the Lord’s “chariot”—the gold cherubim[c] whose wings were stretched out over the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant. 19 “Every part of this plan,” David told Solomon, “was given to me in writing from the hand of the Lord.”
20 Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly. 21 The various divisions of priests and Levites will serve in the Temple of God. Others with skills of every kind will volunteer, and the officials and the entire nation are at your command.”