David had been given, by the hand of God, rest from all his enemies and ‘it came to pass’ that he had a desire in his heart to build an house for the ark of the covenant. The prophet Nathan told him to do what was on his mind to do but ‘it came to pass’ that the Word of the Lord came to him. These matters did not just happen and circumstances were not ‘just right’ to promote these ideas but in the fullness of time, as ordained before the foundation of the world, God brought these things, in particular order, to pass, according to the good pleasure of His will. He had spoken and it came to pass.
God does not commend David for his wonderful idea and kind gesture but rather tells him that it was He, Jehovah, who had delivered His people out of the house of Egypt and He dwelt in a tent and a tabernacle. He never asked for a house to be built for Him or asked why an house had not been built for Him. He had ordained the pattern given in the mount of a simple tent and a tabernacle of dyed skins to represent His glory and love for His people through the righteousness of His justice which is not pleasant to the eye nor palatable to the ear. It was Jehovah that had taken David from the sheepcote, from following after sheep to be ruler over His people Israel.
”And I (Jehovah) was with you whithersoever you went” It is easy to see the hand of God with David as he slew the giant, Goliath, and cut off his head with his own sword; or when he defeated his ten thousands and became greater than the great ones of Israel. We can see the hand of God in delivering him from the wrath, javelin, arrows and armies of King Saul, but do we see God with him when he lived by lies and deception amongst the Philistines? Can we see the presence of God with him on the roof when he lusted after Bathsheba, brought her to his bed and then slew her husband, Uriah? Yet God said “withersoever you went” and He never left him. We do not know all the places where David went but I know where I have been. No not physically only but in my mind and in my heart. I been places where I hope the brethren never discover and which I dare not discuss with anyone, but if I am a child of grace, our God, who never changes has been there with me. He has promised that He would never leave or forsake me. Although I know that there is nothing that has come unto me but that which is common amongst man, yet I make no boast in the vileness, the corruption and the vanity this desperately wicked heart or this untamable tongue. Though after the flesh, from time to time, I feel that He is far from me, or that He has turned His back on me, or that in the justice of His Holiness has forsaken me in my doubts and unbelief, yet He remains faithful. Because of His never failing love, wherewith He has loved His children with an eternal, never ending love, being based upon the covenant of the Godhead, and the immutability of His person, He remains faithful and cannot deny Himself or His bride. She is bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh, not Adam’s.
“Moreover” as if that is not enough, God states that He would appoint a place for His people. It is a place “of their own” wherein they shall dwell and never more be moved, where the children of wickedness (of the wicked one, the seed of the serpent) shall not afflict them anymore AND... “A house shall Jehovah make for you” (11). God did not give the OK for David to construct the temple as if He needed a place to live but rather and much more glorious, He said that He, Jehovah God, would build an house for David the king.
In I Samuel 2:35, God told Eli that his sons and the priesthood of his fathers would be destroyed and that God would raise up, “for myself”, a priest who would be faithful to do all His commandments. For this priest, God would build “a sure house, and He shall walk before mine Anointed forever”. Not two houses but a sure, eternal house for a King who is a priest. “Behold the man whose name is the Branch; he shall grow up out of His place and He shall build the temple of Jehovah. Even He shall build the temple of Jehovah and He shall bear the glory and He shall sit and rule upon His throne and shall be a priest upon His throne and the counsel of peace shall be between them both” (Zech. 6:12).
God was not talking about the man Samuel when He spoke by the prophet to Eli. He was not speaking of Solomon who would come from David’s loins as the King whose kingdom would be established forever, for both of these men are dead and gone. Nor was He insinuating that Solomon was somehow without sin and if he were to sin, God would chasten him, or that he was to build God an house for His name which would be established forever. God spoke of the Anointed One who was of the house of David, the “Beloved”. This One was without sin and when He became sin for His people He was chastened with the rod of man and by His stripes we are healed. His house, His temple, His Kingdom and His Bride are established firm and sure, from before the world was created, and the gates of hell cannot revile against Her. She is the New Jerusalem, the tabernacle of God, which dwells with man, Emmanuel. Here there is no more pain, tears or suffering, and the wicked, the dogs and that which is abomination to the Lord is found without the gates. Solomon loved many strange woman and his heart was turned from following after the commandments of the Lord, BUT, the unfailing devotional love of the Father to the Son and the children shall never depart from them because, “Thy house and thy kingdom shall be established forever before thee and thy throne shall be established forever” (16).
Let the fools run after the house of wood, hay, stubble built upon the dust of the earth which shall be consumed with fire, the child of grace has an house, not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
October 3, 2010