1 Chronicles 29:22 Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for things to be made of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and the brass for things of brass, the iron for things of iron, and wood for things of wood; onyx stones, and stones to be set, glistering stones, and of divers colours, and all manner of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance.
Yesterday we talked about how God’s no, was actually pointing to a much greater yes two thousand years later. David and Solomon, in the preparation and building of the temple, reflected Christ and the Church.
David not only received the pattern, he prepared for the building. The items that he collected, reflected God’s work in us. Gold, silver, brass, iron, and wood to focus on just a few.
The gold was to reflect The Divinity in the house. God’s primary purpose has always been a relationship with His people. In the temple, the gold represented God’s Spirit residing in the hearts of believers.
The order David set them in was no accident either. Christ alone washes away our sins, purifying our souls. His sacrifice, and presence in our hearts gives us purity, which is reflected in the silver in the house.
Gold and silver are both mined, and purified, the next item is a little different, its forged. Brass is made up of copper and zinc, two items dug out of the Earth, then combined together. Once you experience the life changing work of Christ in your life, you are not at the end, but the beginning.
Copper and zinc are each conductors of electricity. Copper is a soft metal, but when hardness is needed, its combined with zinc to make brass, a much stronger metal. Zinc by itself is a reducing agent.
Christ’s Power energizes us, but also reduces those things in us that would draw us away from His purpose for us. Brass represents judgment, not the condemnation of God, but the liberating effect of His love. Giving us the wisdom, power, and strength to reject those things that are fleshly, and to consistently choose those things that are holy and true.
Iron reflects consistency in the house. Gold is beautiful, silver shines, but iron holds the doors in place, and moves them on their hinges. True gold, like true holiness, reflects God.
Some today do not seek the power of God, but the attention of man. Glittering things that aren’t based on Him, and are pale imitations of God’s awesomeness. Consistency, or faithfulness, are worth their weight in gold.
Some of the greatest Christians I’ve ever known, may not speak a word in a crowd, but their smile, love, and commitment are ever present. I’ve seen many a man avoid drawing any attention to themselves on Sunday, but were the first to volunteer for a work day. Faithfulness isn’t loud, but it makes its presence known at the most important times.
13 Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;
15 To shew that the Lord is upright: He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
Consistency leads to growth, which is represented by the timbers of the temple. David, who some commentators like John Gill say wrote this Psalm, knew something very important. Growth occurs in those who are actively pursuing a maturity in God. Every Christian should seek to be closer to God today, than they were yesterday.
Today we talked about David’s preparation, tomorrow will look at those gifts Christ placed in the Church …