1 Chronicles 22:5 (NKJV) Now David said, “Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all countries. I will now make preparation for it.” So David made abundant preparations before his death.
Notice the word Magnificent! As David saw it from God’s viewpoint. Therefore, David made abundant preparation for the temple before his death. Because David knew that his son Solomon was young and inexperienced, and the temple of God must be exceedingly magnificent. This is my reason for saying that David in-directly built the temple although it was Solomon who had the privilege of building the temple. But in a way, the temple could be said to be David’s temple for the Lord. The Bible, God’s Word, is clear about who built the temple in Jerusalem. God told Nathan, this about David: “And it shall be, when your days are fulfilled, when you must go to be with your fathers, that I will set up your seed after you, who will be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build Me a house, and I will establish his throne forever” (1 Chronicles 17:11-12 NKJV). God instructed the building of the temple, and Solomon was to build it. And in God’s instructions for the building of the temple, God reinforced the covenant that He made with David, promising that He will establish the kingdom of a future son of David and He will reign forever. When Solomon completed the temple, he prayed “But will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built!” (2 Chronicles 6:18 NKJV). “When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house. When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever”” (2 Chronicles 7:1-3 NKJV). This was God’s way of answering Solomon’s question. Today, there is another temple in which God dwells. “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV). This is a magnificent truth. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit of God. The moment we repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ, God the Son, as our Lord and Savior, God the Holy Spirit comes to live in our hearts. If left to ourselves, we would have no power to live a Christian life and to do the will of God. “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8 NKJV). This is our Lord Jesus Christ’s promise to all of us who trust in Him.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.