2 Samuel 7:1-7..2 that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within tent curtains.” 5 …‘Thus says the Lord, “Are you the one who should build Me a house to dwell in? 6 For I have not dwelt in a house since the day I brought up the sons of Israel from Egypt, even to this day; but I have been moving about in a tent, even in a tabernacle.
God told David He had never asked for a house to dwell in and David was not the one to build Him a house. We tend to think of the temple as a great improvement over the tabernacle, but in some ways, the tabernacle was better.
• A tent can move from place to place as God moves the people.
• Having a temple in one place conveys the impression that the ground is holy—that it is somehow the most special real estate in the world. Having a tent forces people to understand that it is the presence of God, not sacred ground that makes the sanctuary holy.
• A tent is by nature a flimsy structure, whereas a stone temple is imposing and grand. This would seem to favor the temple, but grand architecture detracts from God’s glory. People associate the glory with the building and not with God who inhabits the building.
While temporarily setting aside David’s plans to build a temple, God would give him something greater, a name that would endure forever. That enduring name would come about not through a temple of stone but through a house or dynasty that would last for many generations and finally by a Son “Jesus” who would rule forever.
If we want to do something that will endure, we must join God in the work He has for us, not just what we want or like to do.
Henry Luke 6/28/2018
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