Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Prudent Ruler Honors God with His Heart, Mind, and Actions

Scholar's reconstruction of King Solomon's Temple

As we have seen, God granted Solomon’s prayer for wisdom (1 Kings 3:7-14; 4.29-32), also blessing him with wealth and power (1 Chronicles 29:25). He was therefore divinely gifted to take on the mission God intended for him – to rule His people, to judge them fairly (1 Kings 3:16-28), and to build His temple. Solomon’s father, King David, proclaimed to his princes, captains and stewards, in the presence of his officers, mighty men, and valiant men, that Solomon would oversee the construction of God’s house (1 Chronicles 28:1)

David’s desire, intention, and preparation had been to build “an house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and for the footstool of our God” (v. 2). But God would not allow him to do it, for David had been a warrior and had shed blood, whereas Solomon would rule in peace (1 Chronicles 22:9), making him better suited for this honor (1 Chronicles 28:3).

Just as God had chosen David to be king over Israel, selecting him from the house of Judah, from the house of his father; and from his many brothers, he chose Solomon from all David’s sons to be David’s successor, to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel, and to build God’s house and courts (v. 4-6).

God had told David of this plan for Solomon, whom He had chosen to be His son, to whom He would be Father, and for whom He would establish his kingdom forever, if he continued to obey God (v. 7). This was a conditional promise, as David explained to Solomon in the presence of all Israel, the Lord’s congregation, and before the audience of God Himself (v. 8).

When a follower of God embarks on His divine mission, doing so before the church body ensures accountability, guidance, and support (Galatians 6:2; Hebrews 10:25). David was passing the torch to his son Solomon as ruler over Israel, patriarch over the family (1 Chronicles 29:25), and as a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). It is therefore fitting that he did so in the assembly of his royal court, his sons, and Almighty God (1 Chronicles 28:1,8).

Usually God communicates with believers through His recorded Word (Psalm 119); sometimes God speaks to us directly (1 Kings 19:12), as He did in this case to David; and often He sends us a message via Godly counsel (Psalm 37:30), just as He revealed His plan for Solomon through his father. David announced God’s desire that Solomon would keep and seek for all His commandments, know the God of his father David, and serve Him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind (1 Chronicles 28:8-9).

It is interesting that God referred to Himself very specifically as “the God of thy father.” In His complete foreknowledge, He knew that Solomon would be drawn away by his pagan wives to follow false gods (1 Kings 11), for He searches all hearts, and understands all our thoughts and imaginings. But if Solomon sought after the One True God, he would find Him, possess the good land of Israel, and leave it to his children as a perpetual inheritance. Conversely, if Solomon forsook God, He would cast him off forever (1 Chronicles 28: 8-9).

Because God had chosen Solomon to build His house, David urged him to take heed, be strong, and do it. He gave him floor plans for the temple porch, houses, and treasuries, with details for the upper chambers, the inner parlors, and the place of the mercy seat. All these were inspired by the Spirit, Who gave the design for the courts, surrounding chambers, and treasuries of the house of God, He also provided plans for the courses of the priests and the Levites, for all the work of the service of the house of the Lord, and for all the vessels of service in the house of the Lord (v. 10-13).

Here we see the Trinity represented by the Holy Spirit, with the other two Members symbolized by King David as the Father and Solomon as His Son. Solomon was chosen by God to build His temple, where His glory would dwell with men (2 Chronicles 5:14).

This foreshadows the plan of salvation, foreordained by the Trinity before the beginning of time, by which sinful man can be saved and have eternal life (John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4). God the Father would send Jesus Christ the Son, robed in human flesh (John 1:14), to be God dwelling with us (Emmanuel; Matthew 1:23), the perfect sacrifice for all of our sins, and the Lamb of God (John 1:29) reconciling us to Holy God (2 Corinthians 5:18-19; Ephesians 2:16). The Holy Spirit empowered Jesus Christ to obey the will of His Father, endure the suffering on the cross, and rise again from the dead.

David not only provided Solomon with the temple plans he had received from God, and the Godly counsel to complete the task, but also material wealth of gold and silver for the temple instruments, furnishings, and altar (1 Chronicles 28: 8-18). “All this, said David, the Lord made me understand in writing by his hand upon me, even all the works of this pattern” (v. 19).

Clearly this was not merely a passing thought that entered David’s mind, perhaps of his own imagination, but a detailed missive from God Himself, engraved onto his very being. When instructions from the Holy Spirit are that clear, thorough, and detailed, we ignore them at our own peril (John 10:27). David recognized their origin and responded appropriately because he was in the habit of communing with God and listening to His voice. No wonder that God chose David to author so many Psalms!

Again David emphasized to Solomon that he must be strong, fearless, and do what God had commanded, for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord (1 Chronicles 28:20).

God would empower Solomon in this project not only by His own guidance and David’s treasure, but by the rich human resources of all the people of Israel. The religious leaders, artisans, and even the princes would be at Solomon’s beck and call, doing whatever he commanded to complete this great work (v. 21).

Praise God that when He calls us to His service, He provides all we need to fulfill His mission: funding, manpower, and prayer support through fellow believers! May we be strong through the power of His might; courageous, knowing that the victory is His, and just do it!

© 2016 Laurie Collett
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Linda said...

Such a wonderfully inspiring post. You have a beautiful blog.

Frank E. Blasi said...

Dear Laurie,
What I find amazing is that out of the vast Universe, he chose this particular planet, and on this planet he chose the land of Israel - a very small nation compared to the size of most other countries, especially Russia, Canada, and the United States. And in Israel he chose Jerusalem, a former tiny settlement originally built by the Canaanite tribe of the Jebusites. This settlement was never on the banks of a major river (such as Babylon on the River Euphrates, Rome on the River Tiber, or London on the River Thames) and therefore has never existed as a major trading city. Yet it's here where God had chosen to put his Name forever.
I have visited Jerusalem several times in my lifetime, and have noted how the present Dome of the Rock Mosque was permitted by God to exist as a block against the Jews from re-building their third Temple. This is very significant, as the Jews insist that it is at this spot, and nowhere else on Earth, is where the next Temple must be built.
I have come to realise over the years that the present Mosque has served a useful purpose. By blocking the construction of the Third Temple by the Jews has also delayed the Return of Jesus Christ to reign in Jerusalem, as a result, allowing you and me, and millions of other people alive at present to receive mercy and salvation from Heaven, and for us to spend all eternity fully united with Him.
An excellent post on Solomon's Temple. God bless.

Laurie Collett said...

Thank you, Linda, for your visit and gracious words! May you have a blessed week in Him!

Laurie Collett said...

Dear Frank,
What a wonderful perspective regarding God's mercy and long-suffering, prolonging the time in which people may be saved before He unleashes His wrath on Israel. There is an old saying that the Jew is the proof God exists -- surviving despite all odds, with Jerusalem as God's Holy City despite its lack of worldly distinction or geographic advantage.
Thanks as always for your very insightful comment. God bless,

Donald Fishgrab said...

Great post, Laurie.

I pray our next leader will honor God. As Frank pointed out, God has prolonged our time on earth to give mankind a chance to repent.

Laurie Collett said...

Amen, Frank! Praying every day for Godly leaders, and that our nation may once again honor and obey Him.
God bless,

S. Knowles said...

Thanks for sharing this Laurie. This was very encouraging to me, I loved it. I loved how you shared all those scriptures and explained so much. All glory to God. God bless and keep you. :-)

Laurie Collett said...

You're very welcome, Sateigdra! I'm blessed to hear that you enjoyed the post. To God be the glory! Love and God's blessings to you,