The Son of David & the Delight, Desire and Dream of the Father

Today’s selected reading continues in the Old Testament book of First Kings, which not only describes the days of the reign of Solomon son of David, but also the days of the divided kingdom of Israel into the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah. More specifically, today’s passage is found in chapters seven and eight of this Old Testament book. In order to understand the words which are written and recorded within this particular passage of Scripture, it’s necessary to recognize and understand that one of the main roles and functions of Solomon king of Israel was to build the house which David his father had himself desired to build. If you study the narrative of Solomon king of Israel you will find and discover that when Solomon ascended to the throne of his father David and began ruling and reigning as king over the nation and kingdom of Israel, he would be the one who would oversee the building project of the Temple which would stand in the midst of the city of Jerusalem, and would be built upon the Temple Mount. The words which we find in these chapters—together with the words which are found in chapters five and six—describe Solomon’s overseeing of the Temple which would be built in the midst of the city of Jerusalem. What’s truly unique and truly astonishing when you think about and consider the Temple is that although Solomon would be the one who would oversee the building of it—it would be his father David who had the original design and plan for the Temple. Even though Solomon built the Temple of the LORD which would stand in the midst of the city of Jerusalem, it would be the desire of his father’s heart which he would actually fulfill. Please don’t miss and lose sight of this absolutely remarkable and astonishing reality, for this reality helps us understand that the Temple which Solomon built—with all its grandeur, with all its splendor, with all its majesty, with all its glory—would not be that which would proceed from his own imagination and from his own desire and passion, but it would be the fulfillment of the desire of his father. How absolutely astonishing it is to think about and consider the fact that when Solomon actually engaged himself in building the Temple of the living God, he would build the desire and the passion of his father, for it was his father who desired that the Ark of the Covenant would have a place of rest in the midst of the people of God. The entire role, the entire purpose, the entire function of the Temple would be to serve as a place where the Ark of the Covenant would be able to abide, to rest, and to dwell. The children of Israel had a place to both abide and rest upon entering and inhabiting the land, and it was in the heart of David to provide such a place of rest for the Ark of the Covenant. Consider if you will the narrative of the heart of David concerning the construction and building of the house, which was written and recorded in the books of Second Samuel and First Chronicles, as well as David’s mission and purpose to obtain and stockpile all the necessary materials that would be needed for the house:

“And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies; that the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwell with within curtains. And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the LORD is with thee. And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying, Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I have brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar? Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel: and I was with thee whithersoever thou we test, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great Name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth. Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a. Place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them anymore, as before time, and as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an house. And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will hasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: but my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever. According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David. Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who am I, O LORD God? And what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O LORD God; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant’s house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O LORD God? And what can David say more unto thee? For thou, LORD God, knowest thy servant. For thy word’s sake, and according tot nine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them. Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, and from the nations and their gods? For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their God. And now, O LORD God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said. And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, the LORD of hosts, is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee. For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee. And now, O LORD God, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O LORD God, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever” (2 Samuel 7:1-29).

“Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD remaineth under curtains. Then Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thine heart; for God is with thee. And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan, saying, Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in: For I have not dwelt in an house since the day that I brought up Israel unto this day; but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another. Where soever I have walked with all Israel, spake I a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people, saying, Why have ye not built me an house of cedars? Now therefore thus shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, even from following the sheep, that thou shouldest be ruler over my people Israel: and I have been with thee whithersoever thou hast walked, and have cut off all thine enemies from before thee, and have made thee a name like the name of the great men that are in the earth. Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the beginning, and since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel. Moreover I will subdue all thine enemies. Furthermore I tell thee that the LORD will build thee an house. And it shall come to pass, when they days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee: but I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever: and his throne shall be established for evermore. According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David” (1 Chronicles 17:1-15).

“And David assembled all the princes of Israel, the princes of the tribes, and the captains of the companies that ministered to the king by course, and the captains over the thousands, and captains over the hundreds, and the stewards over all the substance and possession of the king, and of his sons, with the officers, and with the mighty men, and all the valiant men, unto Jerusalem. Then David the king stood up upon his feet, and said, hear me, my brethren, and my people: As for me, I had in mine heart to build an house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and for the footstool of our God, and have made ready for the building: but God said unto me, Thou shalt not build an house for my name, because thou hast been a man of war, and hast shed blood. Howbeit the LORD God of Israel chose me before all the house of my father to be king over Israel for ever: for he hath chosen Judah to be the ruler; and one of the house of Judah, the house of my father; and among the sons of my father he liked me to make me king over Israel: And of all my sons, (for the LORD hath given me many sons,) he hath chosen Solomon my son to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of the LORD over Israel. And he said unto me, Solomon thy son, he shall build my house and my courts: for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. Moreover I will establish is kingdom for ever, if he be constant to do my commandments and my judgments, as at this day. Now therefore in the sight of all Israel the congregation of the LORD, and in the audience of our God, keep and seek for all the commandments of the LORD your God: that ye may possess this good land, and leave it for an inheritance for your children after you for everAnd thou, Solomon my son, know the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. Take heed now; for the LORD hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong and do it” (1 Chronicles 28:1-10.

“Then David gave to Solomon his son the pattern of the porch, and of the houses thereof, and of the treasuries thereof, and of the upper chambers thereof, and of the inner parlours thereof, and of the place of the mercy seat, and the pattern of all that he had by the spirit, of the courts of the house of the LORD, and of all the chambers round about, of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries of the dedicated things: also for the courses of the priests and the Levites, and 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. He gave of gold by weight for things of gold, for all instruments of all manner os device; silver also for all instruments of silver by weight, for all instruments of every kind of service: even the weight for the candlesticks of gold, and for their lamps of gold, by weight for every candlesticks of silver by weight, both for the candlestick, and also for the lamps thereof, according to the use of every candlestick. And by weight he gave gold for the tables of shewbread, for every table; and likewise silver for the tables of silver: also pure gold for the flesh hooks, and the bowls, and the cups: and for the golden basons he gave gold by weight for every bason; and likewise silver by weight for every bason of silver: and for the altar of incense refined gold by weight; and gold for the pattern of the chariot of the cherubims, that spread out their wings, and covered the ark of the covenant of the LORD. All this, said David, the LORD me understand in writing by his hand upon me, even all the works of this pattern. And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: 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. And, behold, the courses of the priests, and the Levities, even they shall be with thee for all the service of the house of God: and there shall be with thee for all manner of workmanship every willing skillful man, for any manner of service: also the princes and all the people will be wholly at thy commandment” (1 Chronicles 28:11-21).

If you take the time to read the words which are written and recorded in the books of Second Samuel and First Chronicles you will discover that it was originally in the heart of David king of Israel to build unto and build for the LORD of hosts a house for His name, for His glory, and for His honor. Moreover, it was in the heart of David the king of Israel to build a house for the Ark of the Covenant which would be a place of rest for the Ark. David realized and recognized that he himself dwelt in a house made of cedar, while the Ark of the Covenant dwelt behind curtains. Originally and initially Nathan the prophet encouraged David to do all that was in his heart concerning the Temple of the LORD which would stand in the midst of Jerusalem. While it was within the heart of David to build for the LORD an house, and while it was in the heart of David to build a place of rest for the Ark of the Covenant, the prophet Nathan would come unto him according to the word of the LORD and declare unto him that he would not build the house for the Ark of the Covenant, nor would he build a house for the glory, the honor, the majesty and the splendor of the living God. Instead of David building a house for the living God, and for the Ark of His Covenant, the LORD would build a house for him, and would establish his throne. Perhaps this is the main and underlying reason why David penned and wrote the words which were written and recorded in the eighth chapter of the book of Psalms when he asked the LORD who is man that He would be mindful of him. When we consider and think about the Temple of the living God which would be present in the midst of the city of Jerusalem, we must understand that although Solomon the son of David would be the one to build the house, Solomon would merely be fulfilling the desire, the intention, the will and the purpose of his father. The words which we find in the twenty-eighth chapter of the book of First Chronicles goes on to reveal how in the sight of all the commanders of the army, in the sight of all the elders of Israel, in sight of all the house of Israel, and all those who were present in the city of Jerusalem—not only did David charge Solomon to build the house for the living God, but David would also give him the pattern of the house which he was to build. Please don’t miss and please don’t lose sight of this absolutely astonishing reality, for it reveals and demonstrates the strong and incredible truth that the house which Solomon would build for the LORD would be the desire of his father David. Moreover, the actual pattern and design of the house which Solomon would build would be given unto him by David his father. FULFILLING THE DESIRE OF THE FATHER! FULFILLING THE WILL OF THE FATHER!

If there is one thing I can’t help but think about and consider concerning Solomon and the building of the Temple and house of the LORD, it’s that when Solomon actually undertook the responsibility, the task and the assignment of building the house—that which he was actually doing was fulfilling the desire and will of the father. Even though the first Jewish Temple would be credited to Solomon for building, the Temple would be the desire, the plan and the will of the father. Oh please don’t miss and lose sight of this absolutely remarkable and astonishing reality, for when this first son of David would ascend to the throne of his father David in the city of Jerusalem, and when he would begin building the Temple which would stand in the midst of the city, he was actually fulfilling the will, the desire, the plan, the intention, and the purpose of his father. How absolutely incredible it is to think about and consider the fact that Solomon would be born to fulfill and carry out the desire and will of his father—particularly and especially as it pertains to building the Temple of the living God in the city of Jerusalem. It was indeed true that Solomon would reign as king over the nation and kingdom of Israel, however, when it came to his building the Temple that would stand in the midst of Jerusalem, he would ultimately be fulfilling the desire, the plan, the purpose and the will of his father David. This is something which we must lay hold of and grasp within our hearts, our minds, and our spirits, for there is a tremendous prophetic implication and portrayed that is found in the narrative of Solomon—this son of David who would not only sit upon the throne of his father David and reign from that throne, but he would also fulfill the desire, the passion, the purpose and the will of his father in building the Temple of the LORD which would stand in the midst of Jerusalem. When we look at and examine the narrative of Solomon as it is written within the Old Testament books of First Kings, as well as Second Chronicles we encounter a truly wonderful and powerful picture of this son of David who was born into the earth—not only to sit upon the throne of his father David, but also to build the Temple of the living God which was the desire, the passion and the will of his father. Even Solomon himself recognized and realized the Temple which he had just built was the desire, the dream and the delight of his father David, as he emphasized and underscored to all Israel which had gathered before him that this Temple was the fulfillment of a dream and desire which was in the heart of his father. Consider if you will the words which are written and recorded within the Old Testament book of First Kings, as well as the Old Testament book of Second Chronicles:

“And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD. Then spake Solomon, the LORD said that He would dwell in the thick darkness. I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide for ever. And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the congregation of Israel: (and all the congregation of Israel stood;) and he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which spake with His mouth unto David my father, and hath with his hand fulfilled it, saying, Since the day that I brought forth my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to build an house, that my name might be therein; but I chose David to be over my people Israel. And it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel. And the LORD said unto David my father. Whereas it was in thine heart to build an house unto my name, thou didst well that it was in thine heart. Nevertheless thou shalt not build the house; but thy son that shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house unto my name. And the LORD hath performed his word that he spake, and I am risen up in the room of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel. And I have set there a place for the Ark, wherein is the covenant of the LORD, which he made with our fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt. And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD int eh presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven: and he said, LORD God of Israel, There is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart: who hast kept with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him: thou spakest also with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day. Therefore now, LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel; so that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk before me as thou hast walked before me. And now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be verified, which thou spakedst unto thy servant David my father. But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded? Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day: that thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make toward this place” (1 Kings 8:12-29).

“Then said Solomon, The LORD hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness. But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling for ever. And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of Israel: and all the congregation of Israel stood. And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who hath with his hands fulfilled that which he spake with his mouth to my father David, saying, Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel. Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel. But the LORD said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to build an house for my name, thou didst well in that it was in thine heart: notwithstanding thou shalt not build the house; but thy son which shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house for my name. The LORD therefore hath performed his word that he hath spoken: for I am risen up in the room of David my father, and am set on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built the house for the name of the LORD God of Israel. And in it have I put the ark, wherein is the cover at of the LORD, that he made with the children of. Israel. And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands: for Solomon had made a brasen scaffold, of five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven, and said, O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts: thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him; and spakedst with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day. Now therefore, O LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit upon the throne of Israel; yet so that thy children take heed to their way to walk in my law, as thou hast walked before me. Now then, O LORD God of Israel, let thy word be verified, which thou hast spoken unto thy servant David. But will God in very deed dwell with men on earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built! Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee: that thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth toward this place” (2 Chronicles 6:1-20).

It is quite clear from the words which Solomon spoke before all the congregation of the children of Israel, as well as the words which he prayed before the LORD God of Israel that he recognized and understood that the Temple which now stood before the children and congregation of Israel was the desire, the dream and the delight of his father. THE DESIRE, THE DELIGHT AND DREAM OF THE FATHER! When Solomon stood before the people and spoke unto them at the dedication of the Temple he emphatically declared and proclaimed unto them that the Temple which he had built before them in the midst of the city of Jerusalem was the fulfillment of that which his father David had desired within his heart. It was David his father who had in his heart the pattern and design of the Temple and sanctuary of the living God, and it was would David the father of Solomon that would give him this pattern. Oh please don’t miss and lose sight of this absolutely astonishing reality, for I am convinced that there was a different Son—an eternal and only begotten Son of the Father—who would be given the pattern and design of a different Temple. I am absolutely and completely convinced that there was an eternal Son who was given the pattern and design of a Temple that was made without human hands—a Temple that would be the Temple of the Holy Spirit. There is not a doubt in my mind that Jesus Christ—the second Son of David, and only begotten of the Father in heaven—was sent to this earth and given a very specific pattern and instruction concerning a Temple that would be made without human hands, and one that would and could not be touched by human hands. The New Testament makes it very clear that there was the establishment of a Temple that would be made without human hands—a Temple that would be that of the Holy Spirit who would no longer come upon men and women, but would actually dwell in the midst of them. In order to understand this, I feel it is necessary to not only consider the glory and presence of the living God which filled both the Tabernacle and the Temple, but also the promise of the living God to dwell in the midst of His people. It’s necessary that we turn and direct our attention to the words which are found in the Old Testament books of Exodus and Second Chronicles, as well as the prophetic book of Ezekiel, as well as the words which are found in both the first and second epistles which were written by the apostle Paul unto the Corinthian saints:

“Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because. The cloud abode therein, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeyed: but if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys” (Exodus 4)34-38).

“It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; so that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house” (2 Chronicles 5:13-14).

“Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house. And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD’s house. And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever” (2 Chronicles 7:1-3).

“Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthy ness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to talk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do that. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God” (Ezekiel 36:25-28).

“Know the not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? Know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? For two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the LORD is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth foprnication sinneth against his own body. What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:15-20).

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the LORD, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the LORD Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).

In the words which are recorded in the books of Exodus and Second Chronicles we find the glory and presence of the living God filling the Tabernacle and the Temple. So strong and so powerful was the glory and presence of the living God that the priests could not stand to enter, nor minister within either structure which was before the presence of the LORD. In the Old Testament we find the glory and presence of the living God entering into and filling the Temple and Tabernacle, however, when we come to the New Testament we find the apostle Paul writing and speaking of a new and different temple—one that was made without human hands, and one that the Spirit of the LORD Himself would dwell in. Moses would build the Tabernacle and Solomon would build the Temple, which would both be structures in which the living and eternal God would and could dwell in the midst of His people. This is important for us to recognize and understand, for Solomon the son of David was given the pattern of a house which he was to build—a house in which the Ark of the Covenant (the symbol of the glory and presence of the living God) would rest, and a house in which the glory and presence of the living God would and could dwell. Solomon would receive the pattern and design of the Temple and house of the living God which he would build that the LORD might have a house in the midst of His people in which He would dwell and inhabit. Please don’t miss and lose sight of this, for when dedicating this house Solomon references the living God dwelling in thick darkness, and whether or not He would dwell in houses and Temples made with human hands. This is quite astonishing and remarkable when you think about and consider it, for within Scripture you will not only find it referenced that the living God sits on the throne in heaven with the earth as his footstool, but also that the living God would indeed dwell within temples made without human hands. Consider if you will the words which Stephen spoke in his defense before the Sanhedrin, as well as the words which the ancient Hebrew prophet Isaiah prophesied and spoke during his generation:

“Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen. Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David; who found favor before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob. But Solomon build him an house. Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? Sait the LORD: or what is the place of my rest? Hath not hand made all these things? Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? And they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it” (Acts 7:44-53).

“Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool: Where is the house that ye build unto me? And where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD; but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and tremble the at my word” (Isaiah 66:1-2).

It’s quite interesting and unique to think about and consider the absolutely astonishing reality that Stephen recognized and understood that the living God doesn’t dwell in temples made with human hands, which was something the apostle Paul who coincidentally enough consented to Stephen’s death himself spoke of when in the city of Athens. You will recall that when the apostle Paul spoke unto the men of Athens while there in that city waiting for Silas and Timothy, he spoke unto them and declared that God which made the world and all things therein, seeing He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands, nor is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed anything. Both the apostle Paul and Stephen recognized and understood that the living and eternal God dwelt not within Temples made with human hands, which begs the question concerning what the living God does indeed dwell in. The apostle Paul himself answers this question when writing his second epistle to the Corinthian saints, as he not only declared that we as believers are the Temple of the Holy Spirit, but also that it is the desire and will of the Father to dwell in and among us. It is this reality and this covenant which the ancient Hebrew prophet Jeremiah prophesied when speaking of a new covenant that would in fact be introduced by the living and eternal God. If you read the words which the apostle Paul wrote in the second epistle written unto the Corinthian saints you will undoubtedly discover that he had as the foundation of his line of thinking the words which the ancient Hebrew prophet Jeremiah prophesied, which were recorded for us in the thirty-first chapter of the book. Consider if you will the words which are found within this ancient Hebrew prophetic book beginning with the thirty-first verse of the chapter:

“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they break, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: but this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; after those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: For they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more” (Jeremiah 31:31-34).

The more I think about the reality that Solomon son of David fulfilled the dream, the desire and delight of his father David when building the temple, the more I can’t help but think that there was a different Son of David who fulfilled the desire, the delight and the dream of His Father’s heart. It is true that Jesus is referred to in the four gospel accounts of His life and ministry as the “Son of David,” however, when we speak of His fulfilling the desire of the Father, we are not speaking of his fulfilling the desire of David who sat upon the throne in Israel to rule and reign over the nation and kingdom of Israel. When we speak of the eternal and only begotten Son of the Father fulfilling the desire, the dream and the delight of the Father, what we are in all reality speaking of is His willingness to come to the earth and carry out the assignment of building among men a Temple made without human hands through which the living God by the person and presence of the Holy Spirit might dwell in the midst of and among His people. When Jesus came to the earth, He came to accomplish more than simply be crucified upon the cross to take away the sins of the world, be buried in the earth, and rise again on the third day. Oh, it is true that Jesus did in fact come to the earth as the Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world, however, we must also recognize and understand that when Jesus gave up the ghost while hanging upon the cross, the veil which was in the Temple was rent in two from top to bottom, thus signifying the fact that a way had been made to the Father, for it was He Himself who declared that He was the Way, the Truth and the Life, and that no man came unto the Father but by Him. We must recognize and understand that when Jesus the Christ came to this earth, He came as the sinless and spotless Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world, however, He also came to fulfill a different dream, desire and delight of the Father—beyond simply bringing forgiveness of sins to all those who trust in His death, burial and resurrection. It must be understood that Jesus the Christ came to the earth—and ascended to the right hand of the Father—in order that He might establish and set up a new and living Temple before the living God, which He through the Holy Spirit could dwell in the midst of and among His people. It is absolutely necessary and imperative that we not only recognize that Jesus came to do the will of the Father, but also that included in that well was building and establishing a Temple in which the eternal God could dwell and inhabit among men through the person of the Holy Spirit. Consider if you will the references which Jesus Himself made to doing the will and work of the Father, as well as His own declaration that He came to build the church:

“I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me” (john 5:30).

“My Father worketh hitherto, and I work” (John 5:17).

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth Him all things that Himself doeth: and He will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel” (John 5:19-20).

“My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work” (John 4:34).

“For I came down from heaven, not do do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me” (John 6:38).

“I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do” (John 17:4).

“Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Fatherwhich is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:17-19).

THE DESIRE, THE DELIGHT AND THE DREAM OF THE FATHER! BUILDING A TEMPLE MADE WITHOUT HUMAN HANDS! JESUS CAME TO TAKE AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD, BUT HE ALSO CAME TO ESTABLISH A TEMPLE WHEREIN THE GLORY AND PRESENCE OF THE LIVING GOD MIGHT BE ESTABLISHED IN THE EARTH! If you read the words which Jesus the Christ spoke unto His disciples in chapters fourteen through sixteen you will find Him speaking of His departure from the earth and from their midst, and His return unto the Father. What we must recognize and understand, however, is that as Jesus emphatically declared unto His disciples—it was expedient for Him to go way, for if He did not go away and return unto the Father, the person and presence of the Holy Spirit would not come. Jesus knew that once the work of the cross was done within and upon the earth He would return unto the Father, and it would be there at the right hand of the Father He would begin building His church, and would establish a living Temple that was made without human hands. Time and time again on the night in which He was betrayed Jesus emphatically declared unto His disciples that He was departing from them, and that He would return unto His Father who was in heaven, but that He would not leave them orphans, nor would He leave them comfort less. Jesus would indeed and would in fact come unto them in the person of the Holy Spirit, and it would be through the person of the Holy Spirit that the glory and presence of the living God would dwell in the midst of His people. No longer would the glory and presence of the living God enter into temples and tabernacles made with human hands, but the Holy Spirit would actually dwell inside the people of God. As the apostle Paul wrote and declared in the second epistle written unto the Corinthian saints, the desire of the living God would be to dwell among and within the people of God, and would indeed and would in fact be their God. We must recognize and understand that upon ascending to the right hand of the Father who was in heaven, Jesus would begin the process of building His church, which would indeed be the Temple of the Holy Spirit in the midst of the earth. Consider if you will the words which Jesus Christ our Lord spoke unto His disciples concerning His departure and the arrival of the Holy Spirit who would truly be “God with us” like never before:

“If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth Him: but he know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” (John 14:15-19).

“These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach thou all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:25-26).

“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: and ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning” (John 15:26-27).

“It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they believe not on me; of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged” (John 16:7-11).

“I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that He shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father” (John 16:12-16).

If you read the words which are found in chapters five through eight of the Old Testament book of First Kings you will not only find the construction of the Temple which would stand in the midst of the city of Jerusalem, but you will also find the work of the sanctuary coming to a close and being completed. These particular chapters perfectly describe the construction and building of the Temple and Solomon’s endeavor to bring about the desire, the delight and the dream of his father David while sitting upon the throne of his father. How absolutely incredible it is to think about the absolutely astonishing and remarkable fact that it would be while Solomon was sitting upon the throne of his father David that he would actually carry out and fulfill the desire, the dream, and the delight of his father concerning a sanctuary and house for the LORD. What’s more, is that it would be unto Solomon David would give the pattern and design of the house which he was to build for the glory, for the honor, for the splendor and for the majesty of the living God. What we must recognize and understand concerning the sanctuary which Solomon built was that what he was doing was actually carrying out and fulfilling the will of his father David who had himself sat upon the throne in Jerusalem for thirty-three years. It should be noted that David would and perhaps could have been responsible for building the sanctuary and house for the living God if it weren’t for the fact that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan declaring unto David that he would not build the house and sanctuary for the LORD because he was a man of much bloodshed and a man of war. We must note that when you read the narrative of Nathan speaking unto David concerning the LORD’s revelation that he would not build the Temple, we don’t in either records discover a specific reason for David’s not building the Temple and sanctuary of the LORD, and it isn’t until David encouraged and spoke unto his son Solomon that we begin to understand the reason why he would and could not build the sanctuary for the glory and presence of the LORD—namely, the fact that he was not only a man of war, but also that he was a man of much bloodshed. Although David secured the borders and boundaries of Israel, and although David through the strength and might of the LORD his God would bring peace unto the nation and people of Israel from their enemies round about, he would still be a man of much bloodshed and warfare, and as a result would and could not build the sanctuary and Temple of the living God.

I find it absolutely incredible to think about and consider the fact that not only would Solomon sit upon the throne of his father David, but so also would he fulfill the dream, the desire, and the delight of his father. It would be while Solomon sat upon the throne of his father David that he would fulfill the will of his father, for it would be his father who would give him the pattern and the design for he sanctuary. It must be noted and revealed that the pattern and design of the Temple which Solomon built was not his own pattern, nor was it his own design, for Scripture clearly reveals how the LORD gave David the design for the Temple, and how David wrote it down according to the hand of the LORD upon him. When Solomon would engage in the process of building the sanctuary—that which he would actually be doing is carrying out the pattern and design of the Temple which was first given unto his father David. This must be carefully considered and recognized, for when you consider this second Son of David—Jesus the Christ—it is absolutely necessary to recognize that as surely as he was sent to this earth as the Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world, He was also sent to this earth to restore fellowship between man and the living God. It is no coincidence that when Jesus gave up the ghost upon the cross there was a great earthquake, and that the veil in the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom. Upon the death of Jesus the Christ at Calvary we find the way into the presence of the living God being made by and through the death and shed blood of Jesus Christ. Through His death He would indeed take away the sins of the world, however, it would also be through His death that He would begin the process of building a Temple for the living God within and upon the earth. It would be through His death that the way and access would be made, as the torn veil represents the astonishing reality that the glory and presence of the living God was now available unto men when it was once restricted. No more was it only the high priest who was able to enter into the Holy of Holies—and even that only once a year—but now mankind could freely enter into the glory and presence of the living God through the shed blood of Jesus the Christ upon the cross of Calvary. It should be noted that through the death of Jesus the Christ the way into the glory and presence of the Father was made, and it would be upon His ascension and sitting upon the right hand of the throne of His Father that He would begin building the Temple around and surrounding that glory. The torn veil would signify the glory and presence of the LORD would move beyond temples made with hands, and the ascension of Jesus the Christ, and His being seated at the right hand of the Father signifies the beginning of His making a Temple made without human hands in which the glory and presence of the living God could dwell. No longer and no more would the glory and presence of the living God only be found in the Tabernacle and Temple, and no longer would the Holy Spirit merely come upon men and women, but with the establishing of a temple made without human hands the glory and presence of the living God through the person and presence of the Holy Spirit would and could now be found in this new and living temple. How absolutely remarkable and incredible it is to think about and consider this reality, for it brings us face to face with an absolutely incredible truth that not only did Jesus’ death bring about the release of the glory and presence of the living God and man’s subsequent restoration into unhindered and unbroken fellowship with the living God, but His ascension unto the right hand of the Father bore a tremendous significance, for it was through His ascension unto the right hand of the Father that He would actually establish a Temple that was made without human hands—a Temple which the apostle Paul wrote and spoke about when writing his second epistle to the Corinthian saints.

I truly love the fact that it would be while sitting upon the throne of his father that Solomon would carry out and fulfill the dream, the desire and the delight of the father to build a house unto the LORD for His glory, for His presence and for His name—a house where the Ark of the Covenant would rest, and a house where the glory and presence would reside. This is truly significant for it would be upon the second Son of David sitting upon the throne of His Father in heaven that would bring about the establishing of a temple that was made without human hands. Even though the veil of the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom, there would still need to be a place for the glory and presence to dwell, and this is why this temple made without human hands was so absolutely incredible and significant, for there would be a new and living temple that would not be made of wood, and stone, and gold, but would be made of flesh and blood, and would be made up of the physical persons of men. It would be this new and living temple the glory and presence of the living God would be able to find a resting place and would be able to find a home, for just as the glory and presence of the LORD would enter into the Tabernacle and Temple, so now would the glory and presence of the living God not only enter into these buildings made with human hands, but the glory and presence of the living God through the person of the Holy Spirit would actually dwell in the midst of this temple which was made without human hands. It would be this Temple that was made without human hands that would be established in the earth by the eternal and only begotten Son as He sat upon the throne of His Father in heaven and carried out the design, the delight, the dream and the desire of His Father. It would be while Jesus the Christ sat upon the throne of His Father in heaven that He would establish a new and living temple that was made without human hands and was not made up of bricks and stones, of wood and gold, of brass and silver, and the like, but would be made up of flesh and blood. Oh please don’t miss and lose sight of this for Jesus didn’t die for buildings, for structures and for edifices. Jesus didn’t die for our building projects, and He didn’t die so we could build grand and elaborate edifices and structures we think the living God can and will be pleased with, but instead He died for a temple that was made without human hands, and a temple that would be made up of flesh and blood, and of the hearts and lives of those who put their trust in His name and in the finished work of the cross. Oh that we would recognize and understand this absolutely astonishing reality, for it is absolutely necessary and imperative we do so, as the eternal and only begotten Son of the Father established a new and living temple that would now house the glory and presence of the living God through the person and presence of the Holy Spirit who would dwell in the midst of and dwell inside of men rather than inside buildings made of curtains and cedar, and even cedar and gold. Let us this day realize and recognize the tremendous work which the eternal Son of the living God—this second Son of David—truly did accomplish when He ascended to the right hand of the Father, for what began on Pentecost was more than the release of the Holy Spirit, but it was the birth and the beginning of the establishing of a temple made without human hands upon the earth whereby the glory and presence of the living God could indeed dwell among and in the midst of His people through the person and presence of the Holy Spirit.

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