Something Better

A House for God

2 Samuel 7:1-2 NLT - When King David was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all the surrounding enemies, 2 the king summoned Nathan the prophet. “Look,” David said, “I am living in a beautiful cedar palace, but the Ark of God is out there in a tent!” 

  • David recognized the dichotomy that existed between his (David’s) home and the home that represented God’s presence among the people.

Change of Plans

2 Samuel 7:4-7 NLT - But that same night the Lord said to Nathan, 5 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord has declared: Are you the one to build a house for me to live in? 6 I have never lived in a house, from the day I brought the Israelites out of Egypt until this very day. I have always moved from one place to another with a tent and a Tabernacle as my dwelling. 7 Yet no matter where I have gone with the Israelites, I have never once complained to Israel’s tribal leaders, the shepherds of my people Israel. I have never asked them, “Why haven’t you built me a beautiful cedar house?” ’ 

  • The Lord never asked David, or any other ruler of Israel, to build Him a house.

  • Stark contrast from the way other “gods” were worshipped.

Acts 7:48–49 NLT - However, the Most High doesn’t live in temples made by human hands. As the prophet says, ‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Could you build me a temple as good as that?’ asks the Lord. ‘Could you build me such a resting place?

A New Covenant

2 Samuel 7:8-11a NLT - 8 “Now go and say to my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has declared: I took you from tending sheep in the pasture and selected you to be the leader of my people Israel. 9 I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have destroyed all your enemies before your eyes. Now I will make your name as famous as anyone who has ever lived on the earth! 10 And I will provide a homeland for my people Israel, planting them in a secure place where they will never be disturbed. Evil nations won’t oppress them as they’ve done in the past, 11 starting from the time I appointed judges to rule my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies.

  • Looking back on God’s faithfulness in your life gives you the confidence to trust what He says about your present and future.

“A House for You”

2 Samuel 7:11b-16 NLT - ‘Furthermore, the Lord declares that he will make a house for you—a dynasty of kings! 12 For when you die and are buried with your ancestors, I will raise up one of your descendants, your own offspring, and I will make his kingdom strong. 13 He is the one who will build a house—a temple—for my name. And I will secure his royal throne forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. If he sins, I will correct and discipline him with the rod, like any father would do. 15 But my favor will not be taken from him as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from your sight. 16 Your house and your kingdom will continue before me for all time, and your throne will be secure forever.’ ”

  • The Lord honors David’s heart to build Him a home, and instead promises to build a house for David—a dynasty of kings.

  • David sought to build the Lord a house (Temple; temporary). The Lord promises to build David a house (Dynasty; forever).

  • David here has to wrestle with the same concept you and I have to wrestle with.

    • Some of these promises David would experience during his lifetime.

    • Others would be realized by his son, Solomon.

    • Yet, the fullness of the promise will not be fulfilled until much later in the person of Jesus Christ.

The Coming Promise

  • The Old Testament prophets based the kingdom on this promise (Jeremiah 23:5)

  • The New Testament opens at this point (Matthew 1:1)

  • This was the angel Gabriel’s message to Mary (Luke 1:32-33)

  • Peter began here on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:25-31)

  • Paul began here in Romans (Romans 1:3-4)

  • The New Testament closes here (Revelation 22:16)

Something Better

Hebrews 11:13–16 NLT - All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

  • We ought to desire that city.

Hebrews 11:39–40 NLT - All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.

  • From the moment the tabernacle was constructed during the Exodus, 1500 years before Christ, it was a representation of God’s presence among the people. It was a place to be visited, but you couldn’t stay.

  • The writer of Hebrews is proclaiming that through Jesus’s death and resurrection, God has accomplished something so significant that it will forever change how we approach the presence of God.

1 Corinthians 3:16–17 NLT - Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

  • The temple, throughout history, has been understood as the place where the Spirit and presence of God dwells.

  • No manmade temple could contain Him—so He had something better planned. He made YOU and I His temple.

Ephesians 2:20–22 NLT - Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.

A New Temple

  • You see David, I don’t desire to live among you, I desire to live IN you.

Not Finished Yet

Colossians 1:27 CSB - God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Here’s the secret: Christ in you, the hope of glory.

  • The thing your [kids, spouse, family, co-workers, …the world] needs to see is CHRIST IN YOU.

  • WHY? Because it is the hope of glory!

2 Corinthians 6:16b; 18 NLT - For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. … And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

Summary

After settling into his palace, David turns his attention to building a home suitable for God. Except, God doesn't want one. Not yet. Instead, God promises to build David a house--a dynasty--that will last forever. Because ultimately, God doesn't desire to dwell among His people, He desires to live in them. And it's this reality, Christ in you, that is the hope of glory.