Everyone gave to build the temple of the Lord – king, priest, Levite, citizen of ancient Israel. It is everyone’s privilege to give today to build the living temple of the Lord – minister, elder, member, adherent!
In a solemn sacred assembly of God’s people, David invests Solomon with the charge to build the Temple of the Lord. This was to be the great work of his life. The New Testament shows us that the Temple of the Lord that we are to be builders of is the Church. It’s a temple built of living stones! Jesus’ great commission was just such a solemn investiture of us disciples.
“Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the LORD God, even my God, is with you.” v20
We’ve heard similar cries from Moses and Joshua and others (Deut 31, Joshua 1), and here David repeats the exhortation to his son Solomon.
Which kind of seems wierd in a way. What has Solomon to be afraid of? Through David, the Lord had conquered all the enemies of God and His people. There was peace. We know this, because Solomon’s reign is one of peace and prosperity (although seeded with brokenness).
So why would David exhort his son to not be afraid and dismayed?
It seems like the reason would definitely involve the task that Solomon had, to build God’s house. The temple.
I mean, think about it. You’ve got a dad like David, warrior-king-poet-muso like no other. You’ve endured some in-fighting with your half-siblings. And it’s peaceful, no more enemies to conquer, the land is ripe and dad has accumulated a fair bit of stuff.
And then the Lord God Almighty tasks you with building His house! The place where He will dwell!
Sometimes we can be afraid, dismayed, stressed or worried about what the Lord calls us to do.
These words ring true for us as they did for Solomon. Let’s be encouraged to be strong and full of courage.
In David’s words, “… be strong and do it.” v10
Gate keepers/those who police the place, treasurers, army officers/ those involved in defence and offence, political leaders and bureaucrats/those involved in administration. We need people of all sorts of gifts and abilities in the Church of God. Isn’t this Paul’s point in 1 Corinthians 12 – different members but one body?
Running a country of a million+ people well is a complicated business.
Look at all the jobs.
Accountants, Auditors, Captains, Construction Magnates, Councilors and more.
Even just taking a look at the finances and wealth of the kingdom, there is much depth in this passage.
We’ve got Ahijah in 26 v20, in charge of the treasuries of the house of God and of dedicated gifts.
Then in v26 there’s Shelomoth, who had charge of the treasuries of the dedicated gifts (maybe in conjunction with Ahijah, or overlapping where the dedicated gifts came into the realm of the house of God). Maybe something like a chief auditor!
Then in 27 v25 there’s Azmaveth who looked after the accounts of the country itself, and then Jonathan who oversaw the cities, villages and towers finances.
God is a God of Order. We see this in how He made the world.
And we see it here, in the temporal and spiritual structures He instituted and brought about.
There is both temporal and spiritual wisdom here for us. Good order promotes healthy society. Good order is part of true religion.
Let’s be encouraged in the work we are about, the different roles we have throughout our day and week, because it’s working for the Lord!