David stockpiles materials for the temple.
VERSE 1. Then David said, “This is the house of the LORD God, and this is the altar of burnt offering for Israel.”
This is the house of the LORD God. It was Mount Moriah.
Mount Moriah was an important location for Abraham, David, and Solomon. Great events took place there. Today we know it as the Temple Mount. Read more »
VERSE 2. David gave orders to gather together the foreigners who were in Eretz-Israel; and he set masons to cut dressed stones to build God’s house.
David gave orders to gather together the foreigners. That is, seize them against their will. Force them to do labor.
David makes the foreigners his slaves.
VERSE 3. David prepared iron in abundance for the nails for the doors of the gates and for the couplings, and bronze in abundance without weight,
VERSE 4. and cedar trees without number, for the Sidonians and the people of Tyre brought cedar trees in abundance to David.
VERSE 5. David said, “Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be built for the LORD must be exceedingly magnificent, of fame and of glory throughout all countries. I will therefore make preparation for it.” So David prepared abundantly before his death.
I will therefore make preparation for it. David designs the temple. And stockpiles all the materials needed. And makes slaves do preparation work.
VERSE 6. Then he called for Solomon his son, and commanded him to build a house for the LORD, the God of Israel.
VERSE 7. David said to Solomon his son, “As for me, it was in my heart to build a house to the name of the LORD my God.
VERSE 8. But the LORD’s word came to me, saying, ‘You have shed blood abundantly and have made great wars. You shall not build a house to my name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight.
You shall not build a house to my name. David is not eligible to build the temple. That is because he has slaughtered so many people. He is a brutal murderer.
The kingdom of David is based on violence and murder, wars and slavery. And so he was prohibited from building the temple.
It was Solomon who built the temple. At the dedication of the new temple, Solomon acknowledged the prohibition in this verse:
2 Chronicles 6:9. nevertheless you shall not build the house, but your son who will come out of your body, he shall build the house for my name.’
VERSE 9. Behold, a son shall be born to you, who shall be a man of peace. I will give him rest from all his enemies all around; for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness to Israel in his days.
his name shall be Solomon. This name is related to the word for peace.
VERSE 10. He shall build a house for my name; and he will be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’
VERSE 11. Now, my son, may the LORD be with you and prosper you, and build the house of the LORD your God, as he has spoken concerning you.
VERSE 12. May the LORD give you discretion and understanding, and put you in charge of Israel, so that you may keep the law of the LORD your God.
keep the law of the LORD your God. David charges young Solomon to obey the law of the LORD God.
VERSE 13. Then you will prosper, if you observe to do the statutes and the ordinances which the LORD gave Moses concerning Israel. Be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid and don’t be dismayed.
Then you will prosper, if. In the Old Testament era, the blessings of the LORD God were conditional.
IF you obeyed the commands, you would be blessed. That means you would be wealthy and healthy.
But if you did NOT obey the commands you would NOT be blessed. You would be poor and sick.
VERSE 14. Now, behold, in my affliction I have prepared for the LORD’s house one hundred thousand talents of gold, one million talents of silver, and bronze and iron without weight; for it is in abundance. I have also prepared timber and stone; and you may add to them.
one hundred thousand talents of gold. A talent is about 30 kilograms or 66 pounds or 965 Troy ounces. So 100,000 talents is about 3 metric tons.
one million talents of silver. This is about 30,000 metric tons.
VERSE 15. There are also workmen with you in abundance—cutters and workers of stone and timber, and all kinds of men who are skillful in every kind of work;
workmen with you. That is, slaves.
VERSE 16. of the gold, the silver, the bronze, and the iron, there is no number. Arise and be doing, and may the LORD be with you.”
VERSE 17. David also commanded all the princes of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying,
VERSE 18. “Isn’t the LORD your God with you? Hasn’t he given you rest on every side? For he has delivered the inhabitants of the land into my hand; and the land is subdued before the LORD and before his people.
VERSE 19. Now set your heart and your soul to follow the LORD your God. Arise therefore, and build the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the LORD’s covenant and the holy vessels of God into the house that is to be built for the LORD’s name.”
NAB translation. Devote your hearts and souls to seeking the LORD your God.
Previously, the essence of holiness consisted of obedience. People were to obey the precepts of the Law.
But now David changes the essence of holiness. Now it consists of seeking. People are to seek the LORD God.
In our day, the essence of our human identity is as seekers. We seek the LORD God.
Seeking the kingdom of God is to be our number one priority. Yet for many of us, our use of time and money show that it is a low priority. Read more »
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