Thanks, But No Thanks

In this reading for Sunday, Dec 21, 2008, the new king David endeavors to build God a temple.  God’s response, through the prophet Nathan, is partially listed here:

gilded brass-relief at the Auch Cathedral

Transporting the Ark of the Covenant: gilded brass-relief at the Auch Cathedral

5 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the LORD says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? 6 I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling. 7 Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?” ‘   II Sam 7

Later, the LORD promises David that the LORD will build him a house—that is—a name and a dynasty which endures forever.  Apparently the LORD has no interest in David’s building plan.  As David learns what it means to be king, the first lesson he is learning is that even kings do not give orders to the LORD.

Lord, we thank you that you resist our domestication; that you find ways to bless us even when we feebly imagine we could be blessing you.  Give us our own David and Nathan moments; speak to us honestly, and reassure us of your live-giving promises.  In the mighty name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.


You can practice the skill of cross-referencing with this passage.  Read II Sam 7:16, then read Luke 1:26-27.  It gives you a big clue in how God is about to establish David’s house forever…

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