‘King David gave (his son) Solomon the plans for all that the Spirit had put in his mind for the courts of the temple of the Lord and all the surrounding rooms, for the treasuries of the temple of God and for the treasuries for the dedicated things. He gave him instructions for the divisions of the priests and Levites, and for all the work of serving in the temple of the Lord‘ (1 Chronicles 28v12-13)
What a contrast! In the last post, we see David and his men being joined by Aramais and others as they fight against those who oppose God’s people. However, in this passage, we learn that despite all the battles David has fought and won. For those people he has ruled over and made judgements for as king. For the achievements and advances David has made, he does not qualify to build God’s temple. Why?
Actually, God is very clear on this matter as he informs David: ‘You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood.’ (v3)
Who would have thought it and yet it’s obvious. The same hands that spill blood and injure are not suitable to adorn God’s temple nor to touch the vessels used in service to the Divine. That God informs David of His plans in advance for the temple only to tell him later on that the task of building it will rest with his son Solomon, must have been a hard pill for the King to swallow.
The most interesting thing I take away from this event is how the holiness of God and decisions that we make in life can (and sometimes do) affect the way God’s Spirit is or is not able to operate within us. Hence the reasoning behind Paul’s warning to the church:
‘Do not grieve the Holy Spirit,with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.’