Housing God • 2 Samuel 7:1-17
“Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: Would you build me a house to dwell in?’ ” (2 Samuel 7:5)
After David asks permission to build a worthy house for God, Nathan is finally given a message in response to deliver. God describes David as his servant, recognizing his genuine heart, his true desire to serve and please him. It is important that God begin with these words of affirmation, because the next words may cause David’s heart to sink. Yahweh does not want David to build him a house. God’s message to David opens with a rhetorical question. “Will you build me a house to live in?” The force of the question is like asking, “Would you build a bridle and leash to harness the ocean?” God is not suggesting that David is unworthy of such a task; he is stating that the task is impossible. There is no house that any human hands could build that would be adequate to house God almighty. Before the temple is ever built, God warns about the greatest problem this temple will create: the idea that God can be harnessed and localized to building of human construction. The temple will become, through the centuries, one of the great idols of Israel. God warns David first of all of the impossibility of the task he has set himself. There is no house built by human hands that is adequate to serve as God’s house.
We are beginning our Advent season this Sunday. Come and see what else God has to say to David about building His house. I will be preaching on 2 Samuel 7:1-17 in our service this coming Sunday, November 27, 2011. Worship begins at 10:45 am. Come and join us, 3201 W 15th St. Plano, TX 75075. Video and audio of the sermon is posted during the week at our website: www.pcbcplano.org. To access the messages directly, click here.
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