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1 Chronicles 29:10

“Wherefore David blessed Jehovah in the sight of all the congregation; and David said, Blessed be Jehovah, God of Israel, our Father for ever and ever.”

Almighty God had given His servant David a desire to build an house unto Him. He had shown David a pattern of heavenly things that were to be represented in types and foreshadows of things to come. Now He had brought David to the end of his journey and had chosen his son Solomon to be king in his stead. All that had been put upon the heart of David, to build an house of rest for the ark of the covenant of God and for His footstool, was now entrusted to Solomon. David charged his son to; “take heed now for Jehovah has chosen you to build an house for the sanctuary, be strong and do.” (28:10). He explained the courses of the priests and Levites and set before his son the immense job with all the princes and all the people wholly at his command. Nothing was left to the imagination of Solomon or the artistic liberties of the builders for God had given the patterns to David. He caused him to prepare all necessary components and enabled the aged king to explain these things in detail to his son.

David then turns to the congregation of Israel and confirms all that is to be done. He lays before them all that he had prepared and proclaims that God had burdened his heart to give of his personal possessions of gold, silver for the walls and the work of the artificers. “And who is willing to consecrate his service this day unto Jehovah?” He willingly gave that which was his to give and the people did the same. Each man, as enabled, gave willingly of a perfect heart to God. Now had they done this for reward? Was it David’s example that gave them this resolve? Was it the emotion of the moment that swept the crowd away and incited this response? Does Jehovah God control the hearts, desires, wills and actions of man? Indeed He does and all to His glory and honour. He gave David these desires and strong emotions that made him willing in the day of the Lord and the people were given the same. They esteemed their possessions as an offering and their hearts were made to be a peace in this undertaking. The spoils of war and conquest that David had won in subduing his enemies became unnecessary to the congregation of Israel who fought those battles and they voluntarily surrendered all unto the Lord. Herein is free will and the Beloved King rejoiced with great joy.

No one had to ask twice, begging for donations and no one had to convince anyone of their duty who had been made willing to give. No one needed to return for a second pass for the deficiency of funds and no one who gave regretted what they had done. It would be presumptuous to speak of the entire congregation as being born from above in a natural context but in the type that is set forth, the Israel of God was made willing in the day of His power to give all that they have been given and to perform the work assigned unto them. Not one is burdened by the work for His yoke is easy and His burden light.

The fathers and the princes of the tribes of Israel, offered willingly. Those whom God had promoted to be the leaders and respected heads of the twelve tribes were made to step forth first as an example to others, not of what they ought to do but how it was to be done, asking how they might feed the children or pay the rent. Some had been granted by the hand of God to be in possession of precious stones but they freely gave them over to the treasury of the house of the Lord by the hands of Jehiel the Geshonite (the hands of the ‘God of my life’ who is ‘cast out’ and ‘despised’ by the world). By the hand of God these necessary elements of the temple of Solomon had been, over many years, accumulated though whatever means He had decreed, in the every day events of the lives of His people. Just as He had given the forefathers favour in Egypt to obtain the necessary components of the Tabernacle, so He had provided for this moment. Until this point in time, the people who had acquired the gold, silver and precious stones, knew nothing about the purpose for their possessions and no one was consciously saving them for the day that the temple was to be built. There was no building fund set up for the future temple construction and there were no false prophets prancing about with stories of how the people would be casting their rewards before the feet of God so that He might be able to build His Kingdom. Now, in the fullness of time, the greed of Adam was suppressed, covetousness abated, the retention of possessions subdued and the pride of the eye eliminated as the heart and mind was set to the work of God. Freely had God given and now freely the people gave.

“O Jehovah our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thy Holy name, is of thine hand and all is thine own” (29:16)

David freely acknowledges that he and all the congregation had nothing to bring that they could call their own. They had not toiled nor planted, hunted or procured by the spoils of war anything but that the Lord and giver of all things had given to them first; “and what hast thou that thou didst not receive?” (I Cor. 4:7) Therefore they were returning unto Him that which was His. Had He given it to them for their own use or had He give to them so that they could return unto Him that which was necessary for His good pleasure? God has not asked anyone to go out and find things that they thought would be beneficial to His work any more than He left the work to the thoughts and intents of the hearts of man. Nor does He wait for an opportunity to use the events of time to praise His name.

The kingdom of God is not of this world. It is not constructed upon an earthen foundation, with the construction materials of the earth,stone or wood and the labour of Adam. His Kingdom is city set upon a hill, an house built upon a rock that the gates of hell cannot prevail against. She has a firmly established foundation, Jesus Christ, Her walls are salvation and Her gates Praise unto Her God. Adam does not know Her purpose, he cannot recognize Her construction materials and does not speak Her language. Adam in all his cumulative knowledge walks past Her, wags his head and rejects Her for She is unbecoming to him. She has no Babylonian garments with Egyptian embroidering, there is no music of the children piping in the market place and there is no strange woman beckoning unto him to come in and lie with her. She is unprofitable to the worth of Adam and does not bolster his prestige. She is the Bride of the Lamb and is clothed in linens pure and clean. Those who have been delivered from the strong mans house sing the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb (Rev. 15:3), the songs of Zion (Is. 26:1), songs which no man can know. Her children are wise and have ears to hear the voice of the Master saying, ‘this is the way, walk in it’. Adam continues to seek to build his tower unto heaven whereby he may establish his name and his righteousness. Zion is a completed city wherein the glory of God and the risen Lamb tabernacle and nothing that pollutes, defiles or loves and makes a lie shall ever pass therein.

David also confesses that it is Jehovah God who tries the hearts of man and knows their inner most thoughts. He is not ignorant of the devices and desires of Adam for He created Adam that way. He is not taken by surprise when a child of Adam acts according to the nature of his father, desiring the things of this world, for this is in accord with His purpose. He is the Master over all and nothing comes to pass but by the power of His own will. So, David, praises the name of Jehovah God for assembling the congregation, enriching them with His blessings, making them willing to offer unto Him and then petitions God to; “keep this forever in the imagination of the thoughts of the hearts of thy people and prepare their heart unto thee” (29:18).

Was this a futile prayer since the nation of Israel (after the flesh, for they are not all Israel who are of Israel {Rms. 2:29}) is a people that draw nigh unto God with their mouths but their hearts are far from Him? Had God failed to keep them apprised of the glorious memories of this day? Or had the people, by the arm of the flesh and the will power of Adam, been able to overpower and thwart the will of God? God forbid!

God has indeed kept the memorial of His blessing in the hearts of His people (Is. 26:3), therefore in everything they give thanks for this is the will of the Father. He is the testimony of the finished work of redemption wherein the redeemed know that they are not their own for they have been bought with a price, purchased with the precious blood of the Lamb. It is He that works in them both to will and do His good pleasure and He shall finish the work He has begun, therefore they are faithful and bring forth much fruit. So the prayer of David, in type, was for the congregation that was present at that time but in fulfillment it is the Beloved who has prayed for His people, making intercession for them before the throne of grace, therefore their faith shall never fail.

David’s last petition before the Lord was that his son Solomon be given a perfect heart to keep the commandments, testimonies and statutes, to do all that David had left for him to do and to build the palace for which he had made these provision. He did not pray for Solomon to have an Holy heart, for he indeed had the new heart of the new covenant but that he would be at peace in the labour set before him. That Jehovah God would direct his hands, order his thoughts and strengthen him in His ways. He prayed that he might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing being fruitful in every good work and increase in the knowledge of God being strengthened with all might according to the glorious power of God unto all patience and long suffering with joyfulness, just as Paul wrote to the Colossian brethren. David’s payer was that the God who performs all the intent of His heart and causes whatsoever He wills to come to pass would cause Solomon to do just that.

David was given to extol the name of the Father and the virtues of the power of a Sovereign God in the sight of the entire congregation. He, in type of Messiah, proclaimed the name of ‘Jah’ (Ps. 68:4) unto all His brethren “in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee” (Ps. 22:22). He proclaimed the name of the eternal Father which means that there was an eternal seed for if there was no eternal seed then He could not be the Everlasting Father (Is. 9:6). The eternal Father has the eternal Bride and eternal seed dwelling in Him and they are one. He possessed them from the beginning and in His books were all the members written (Ps. 139:13f).

David stood as the Anointed of God, victorious over all his enemies, and ready to die. But he is risen up in Solomon as the King of peace, to build His church, being the head of all the body having preeminence in his church. He is the head of the body, the head of His Bride and the head of His church for they are one. Nothing new was added by Solomon and nothing new can be added today. His Servant, the Branch, has built His Temple and each member, being fitly framed together, members in particular sufficiently furnished with all that the body needs, labour in that Temple of a completely free will accomplishing each and every good work they have been ordained unto. They freely offer the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving with an heart filled with the perfect peace that passes all understanding.

“Blessed be Jehovah God of Israel our Father for ever and ever”

“Thine, O Jehovah, the greatness, thine the power, thine the glory, thine the victory and the majesty, for all in the heaven and in the earth is thy kingdom. O Jehovah, thou art exalted as head above all.”

Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
November 25, 2012