1 Chronicles 28:11-12
11 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,
12 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:
The word pattern is woven throughout the structure of time itself. God has always presented a pattern, then finished it. One to teach, and the other to complete. Every great leader, who are themselves a reflection of The Creator, have mirrored it.
This week we will examine the pattern of the Church itself, and His purpose in it, through the lens of David and Solomon. These two great leaders, father and son, we’re types and shadows of the future.
It was in David’s heart to build a temple for God. He had brought The Ark Of The Covenant back to Jerusalem, had set up the Tabernacle of David to house it, and desired to establish a permanent place for God’s name. What he didn’t expect, was the response that he received.
1 Chronicles 22:8
8 But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.
I believe that everything God does, or does not do, is part of a greater plan. Let’s take a closer look at an unusual response. It was God that called David to fight for Israel, and gave him the skills to win. I believe that The Lord Of Hosts was saying something more.
1 Chronicles 22:9
9 Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.
In these two verses, we see a conquering king, the shedding of blood, and a man of rest. If this were The New Testament, it would be a description of Jesus. I believe it still is, and that was the very intent of God.
We know that in God’s response to David, He points ahead to Jesus’ birth. Why not in the initial answer as well? God’s no to David’s now, was simply a yes to tomorrow.
God had used David’s wars to lay the foundation for Solomon’s day of rest. One helped to produce the other, and Christ would do the same through His death, burial, and resurrection.
One of the definitions of pattern is the word structure, which means, the arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of something complex. Creation is a complex pattern designed to illustrate a simple truth. Atoms, stars, planets, all formed for one simple reason, God loved us.
David was a man after God’s own heart, and his heart said, “I want to build a permanent place for God.” God created Earth to provide a place for man. The desire was the same as God’s, and yet He said no.
What do you do with the unexpected answer of God? David’s response was to rejoice, accept, and to be thankful. The Lord said no, but that no came with a promise.
2 Samuel 7:16
16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.
In this chapter God promised David a future beyond his lifetime. There was no mention of a pattern at this point, or blueprint of the temple. David didn’t argue, he didn’t plead, he accepted God’s answer, and rejoiced.
Somewhere between there and 1 Chronicles 28, God surprised him. He hadn’t changed His mind, He hadn’t wavered, but He did have a plan. I don’t know how it happened, or when, but God gave the pattern to David. He explained that Solomon would still build it, but David got the plan.
Like Moses, he didn’t fashion it, Bezaleel did, but Moses told him what to build. David handed his son the blueprint, and the resources to build it with, but we’ll talk more about them tomorrow.
Tomorrow, Part Two …