David wants to build a temple.
VERSE 1. When David was living in his house, David said to Nathan the prophet, “Behold, I live in a cedar house, but the ark of the LORD’s covenant is in a tent.”
David was living in his house. David is living an opulent life in his many palace buildings.
the ark of the LORD’s covenant is in a tent. David becomes aware of the great disparity between his own opulent lifestyle and the flimsy tent for the Ark of the Covenant.
Do all that is in your heart. The prophet Nathan tells David to proceed.
Nathan is a prophet of the Most High God. But he says the wrong thing, as we see in verse 4 below.
When a prophet speaks, how do they distinguish between their own thoughts versus the mind of the LORD God?
In this instance, Nathan got it wrong. He was wrong about the most important building in the history of monotheism.
Nathan spoke wrongly. Now the LORD God gives him the opposite message.
VERSE 4. “Go and tell David my servant, ‘The LORD says, “You shall not build me a house to dwell in;
David is NOT the person to build a temple for the LORD God.
VERSE 5. for I have not lived in a house since the day that I brought up Israel to this day, but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tent to another.
I have not lived in a house. The LORD God cannot be confined to a building. To try to do so is a mistake.
The LORD God is omnipresent. But when people call a building “the Lord’s house,” it teaches people he is NOT omnipresent.
Thereby an important truth about the LORD God is contradicted.
VERSE 6. In all places in which I have walked with all Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to be shepherd of my people, saying, ‘Why have you not built me a house of cedar?’ ” ’
VERSE 7. “Now therefore, you shall tell my servant David, ‘The LORD of Hosts says, “I took you from the sheep pen, from following the sheep, to be prince over my people Israel.
VERSE 8. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you. I will make you a name like the name of the great ones who are in the earth.
I have been with you wherever you have gone. The LORD God promises to be with us always, even to the ends of the world. Read more »
VERSE 9. I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place, and be moved no more. The children of wickedness will not waste them any more, as at the first,
be moved no more. In the centuries to come, the people will be relocated many, many times.
VERSE 10. and from the day that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel. I will subdue all your enemies. Moreover I tell you that the LORD will build you a house.
This is fulfilled in the next chapter:
2 Chronicles 18:6. Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus; and the Syrians became servants to David and brought tribute. The LORD gave victory to David wherever he went.
VERSE 11. It will happen, when your days are fulfilled that you must go to be with your fathers, that I will set up your offspring after you, who will be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom.
He will build me a house. One of David’s many sons will build the temple.
VERSE 13. I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will not take my loving kindness away from him, as I took it from him who was before you;
him who was before you. Saul was the king before David.
VERSE 14. but I will settle him in my house and in my kingdom forever. His throne will be established forever.” ’ ”
so Nathan spoke to David. In verse 2 above, the prophet Nathan told David to proceed. But that was wrong.
Now, having received the authentic message from the LORD God, Nathan tells David these things.
VERSE 16. Then David the king went in and sat before the LORD; and he said, “Who am I, LORD God, and what is my house, that you have brought me this far?
David the king went in and sat before the LORD. David went in and sat in the LORD’s presence.
This is a type of Contemplative Prayer.
VERSE 17. This was a small thing in your eyes, O God, but you have spoken of your servant’s house for a great while to come, and have respected me according to the standard of a man of high degree, LORD God.
a man of high degree. David sees himself as exalted.
VERSE 18. What can David say yet more to you concerning the honor which is done to your servant? For you know your servant.
VERSE 19. LORD, for your servant’s sake, and according to your own heart, you have done all this greatness, to make known all these great things.
VERSE 20. LORD, there is no one like you, neither is there any God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
VERSE 21. What one nation in the earth is like your people Israel, whom God went to redeem to himself for a people, to make you a name by great and awesome things, in driving out nations from before your people whom you redeemed out of Egypt?
VERSE 22. For you made your people Israel your own people forever; and you, LORD, became their God.
VERSE 23. Now, LORD, let the word that you have spoken concerning your servant, and concerning his house, be established forever, and do as you have spoken.
VERSE 24. Let your name be established and magnified forever, saying, ‘The LORD of Hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel. The house of David your servant is established before you.’
VERSE 25. For you, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build him a house. Therefore your servant has found courage to pray before you.
VERSE 26. Now, LORD, you are God, and have promised this good thing to your servant.
VERSE 27. Now it has pleased you to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever before you; for you, LORD, have blessed, and it is blessed forever.”
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