Wrestling with Truth November 6, 2011



Today we addressed the account in 2 Samuel 7 of David’s proposal to build a ”house” for God — a temple.  David is informed through Nathan that this will not be his role.  His son, Solomon, will be the one to build the temple.  Instead God promises David a house which is in fact the family line which bears the Saviour, Jesus.

David prays a great prayer of submission which includes:

“What more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Sovereign LORD” (2 Sam 7:20 NIV).

  • In these words David submitted himself finally to God.  His desire to build the house of God was perfectly natural.  So much was this the case that it appealed to Nathan, who advised him to do all that was in his heart.  It was not, however, in the will of God that he should carry out this work; and consequently the prophet was sent to deliver a message which was neither in agreement with David’s desire, nor with his own opinion.  The story reveals the triumph both of Nathan and David in their ready submission to the declared will of God.   The prophet unhesitantly delivered his message, even though it contradicted his own expressed view.  It takes much courage on the part of a prophet to do this kind of thing.  David immediately acquiesced in the will of God, and worshipped.  The desire in itself was not necessarily wrong.  Solomon, when referring to this matter at the Dedication of the Temple, said:  “Jehovah said unto David my father, Whereas  it was in thine heart to build an house for My name, thou didst well that it was in thine heart” (I Kings 8:18).   Yet it was not God’s will that he should do it, and his submission to that will was the essence of wisdom.   It is of the utmost importance that we should ever test our desires, even the highest and holiest of them, by His will.  Work, excellent in itself, should never be undertaken, save at the express command of God.  The passing of time will always vindicate the wisdom of the Divine will.  (G. Campbell Morgan, Searchlights from the Word, p. 99)

In time, as we “travel” through the prophets and the New Testament, we come to understand that God does not live in a house made by human hands.  His house is his people as the following verses explain:

(Heb 3:6 NIV)  But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.

(1 Pet 2:4-5 NIV)  As you come to him, the living Stone–rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him– {5} you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

(Acts 17:24 NIV)  “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands.

(Eph 2:19-22 NIV)  Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, {20} built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. {21} In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. {22} And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.


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