THE DESIGN

David had a dream that he could not fulfill.  But he did have a son who was destined to complete his great design.  He also had assets to begin stockpiling the materials and talent required for the job ahead.

Then David said, This is the house of the LORD God, and this is the altar of the burnt offering for Israel.  And David commanded to gather together the strangers that were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to hew wrought stones to build the house of God.  And David prepared iron in abundance for the nails for the doors of the gates, and for the joinings; and brass in abundance without weight;  Also cedar trees in abundance: for the Zidonians and they of Tyre brought much cedar wood to David.  And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be builded for the LORD must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore now make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his death.  1 Chronicles 22:1-5

One translation of this reads “aliens” in the place of “strangers”.  There were many nations still in the land, including the people from the friendly northern kingdoms of Lebanon.  These were the wood workers who harvested the cedars of Lebanon.  David had no problem putting aliens to work for their industry and talent brought prosperity to the preparations.  Did they have green cards?  They produced green prosperity.  The temple was to be magnificent; not mundane, so the work of motivated workers was needed. 

God did not send Israel to attack Lebanon (Phoenicia) because they were not judged to be in sin as the Canaanites were.  King Hiram became a friend of David, and would help Solomon greatly in building the temple.  Aliens aren’t all bad, contrary to some reports coming from the American Southwest.  Today American drug users and gun dealers are creating another war zone on our border.  Mexicans aren’t ruining America, Americans are ruining Mexico. 

My parents helped the woman who guided their tours to Mexico, and dad was always welcomed to their family baptisms, graduations, and holidays.  Their family came in mass to pray for dad at his funeral.  I can picture such a turnout for David at his death by the aliens of his day.  I read these scriptures in a motel during my drive home from dad’s funeral in Nebraska.  The word “aliens” stood out in the examples of a real life for our lessons today.  We have to remember that every generation had its own new wave of immigrants and gangsters.  The (Irish) Kennedy family fortune was founded on bootleg booze.  How can any of us claim grace as aliens to Israel if we cannot forgive the workers who build our earthly nation?

Then he called for Solomon his son, and charged him to build an house for the LORD God of Israel.  And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God:  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.  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.  He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever.  Now, my son, the LORD be with thee; and prosper thou, and build the house of the LORD thy God, as he hath said of thee.  Only the LORD give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the LORD thy God.  Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments which the LORD charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.  1 Chronicles 22:6-13

Second Samuel chapter 7 tells us that God spoke through Samuel about a son who would build a house for God.  David reveals this communication to Solomon and details the provisions he has prepared. 

Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto.  Moreover there are workmen with thee in abundance, hewers and workers of stone and timber, and all manner of cunning men for every manner of work.  Of the gold, the silver, and the brass, and the iron, there is no number. Arise therefore, and be doing, and the LORD be with thee.  David also commanded all the princes of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying,  Is not the LORD your God with you? and hath he not given you rest on every side? for he hath given the inhabitants of the land into mine hand; and the land is subdued before the LORD, and before his people.  Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the LORD.  1 Chronicles 22:14-19

The kingdom God has in mind is made of the flesh of all nations.  Israel was the first to be condemned by the Law, and they will be with us to be redeemed by their messiah Yeshua.  We are aliens to the kingdom of God without the grace of his son.  With that grace we are all builders of this great kingdom, equipped and predestinated for service.

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