1 Chronicles 28

1 Chronicles 28 has David passing the torch to Solomon in a rather big way.  “David assembled at Jerusalem all the officials of Israel, the officials of the tribes, the officers of the divisions that served the king, the commanders of thousands, the commanders of hundreds, the stewards of all the property and livestock of the king and his sons, together with the palace officials, the mighty men and all the seasoned warriors”.  He had a lot of sons from his many wives, and there was going to be no misunderstanding of who would succeed him on the throne.  This was David’s public ceremony handing leadership to Solomon, with an emphasis on the responsibility to build the temple. Despite this, another son of David (Adonijah, in 1 Kings 1-2) tried to take the throne when David died.

David stood up and addressed the entire crowd of leaders.  He made it clear that Solomon’s selection was not just his idea.  This was directed by God with a  specific purpose of building the temple.  “Of all my sons (for the Lord has given me many sons) he has chosen Solomon my son to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel”.  And then David lets the entire audience know of God’s promise to Solomon.  “I will establish his kingdom forever if he continues strong in keeping my commandments and my rules, as he is today”.  There is a big “if” there, but the opportunity for a kingdom that lasts forever is lying before Solomon.  All he has to do is execute!

David’s charge to Solomon is direct and to the point.  “And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever. 10 Be careful now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it.”    The direction is clear:

  • Know God
  • Serve Him with a whole heart
  • Serve Him with a willing mind

Nothing complicated here.  And the same direction is ours as well.  If we seek Him, we will find Him.  Scripture is clear about that and tells us that over and over.  If we don’t seek Him, we’ll be cast off.

But David didn’t stop with just a ceremonial passing of the torch.  He provided Solomon with the detailed plans on how to build the Temple – detailed drawings and designs to be followed.  It wasn’t going to be for lack of preparation by David if things don’t get done.  David did almost everything for the building of the temple except actually build it. He gave Solomon security, a location, the land, money, materials, supervisory staff, workers, and an organized team to run the temple.  And now he hands over the plans themselves.  The plans weren’t David’s though.  “All this he made clear to me in writing from the hand of the Lord, all the work to be done according to the plan”.  Even as with the organization of the temple servants these practical details were inspired by the Holy Spirit, not by David’s own mind.

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