1 Chronicles 22

1 Chronicles 22 has David preparing to hand over the task of building God’s house to his son Solomon.  David is pulling together materials and manpower so his young son can take over the job.  “Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent, of fame and glory throughout all lands. I will therefore make preparation for it”.  David has been told by God that he is not to build the temple.  But he is going to do all he can to set Solomon up for success.

So why not David?  Why did God decide to have Solomon build the temple?  God says “You have shed much blood and have waged great wars. You shall not build a house to my name, because you have shed so much blood before me on the earth”.  David has quite a history of fighting and waging war.  He certainly has had little peace in his life, dating back to his days serving Saul.  So God puts a different plan in place.  Solomon is to be the builder.

He shall build a house for my name. He shall be my son, and I will be his father, and I will establish his royal throne in Israel forever”.  David blesses Solomon with these words: “Now, my son, the Lord be with you, so that you may succeed in building the house of the Lord your God, as he has spoken concerning you. Only, may the Lord grant you discretion and understanding, that when he gives you charge over Israel you may keep the law of the Lord your God. Then you will prosper if you are careful to observe the statutes and the rules that the Lord commanded Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Fear not; do not be dismayed…. Arise and work! The Lord be with you”.  The power of a blessing.  David passes on his blessing to Solomon.

David goes even further and instructs his leaders to get involved.  “David also commanded all the leaders of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying….set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God. Arise and build the sanctuary of the Lord God, so that the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the holy vessels of God may be brought into a house built for the name of the Lord”.  David is taking every action to make sure Solomon succeeds with the one thing he did not accomplish in his life.  He isn’t leaving it up to change.  David sees this as part of his legacy and wants to be sure it gets done.

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