Jonah's Crew (0-4yrs) Temple plans
This is the last in our series on the life of David and today we look at David's idea to build a temple for God. So you need an instrument and things to build your own prayer den or temple with. Next week we will not be having a break for half-term but will start a new series the whole church are following during lent - "Experience a Better Story" from the bible society. Don't forget the Thankful thought for grown-ups below the video post. Blessings Claire xx
Thankful Thought Thursday 11th February 2021 : David’s legacy. 2 Samuel 7
So we come to the end of David’s life and the succession of his son Solomon as King. David left a fabulous legacy to us all. Not only the stories of his life and his walk with God, which are full of many triumphs and disasters but also his Psalms some of the most beautiful, honest and inspiring songs of praise and lament we have. In 2 Samuel 7 we read that David had an idea for a grand physical legacy, to build a temple but God had other ideas. God promised David that it was not his role to build a temple but that it would be a job for his son. God finishes his promise to David with these words in 2 Sam 7 v 16 “But your family and your kingdom will continue forever believe me. Your rule will last forever” We go onto see that Solomon did indeed build the temple and decorated it will gold and silver saved for that purpose by David (1 Kings 7 v 51) and Solomon referred to his knowledge of the temple being his Father David’s plan and God’s promises to David we read in 1 Kings 8 v25 “Now, Lord God of Israel keep the other promises you made to your servant, my Father David. You said, Your sons must be careful to obey me. If they do this, there will always be someone from your family ruling over Israel”
We live thousands of years after the building of Solomons temple but we know God kept that promise, as Jesus was born into the family of David and so there is a King forever ruling over us all.
In 2 Corinthians 2 :16 we read: ”For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” And 1 Corinthians 3:16, Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”
So my challenge to us all this week. Do you live under the rule of Jesus as your King forever? Do you live as a temple to the living God? Will your children be able to speak of their parents’ legacy of faith? Will you write a book of praise and lament to your God? What will your legacy be? God has plans for you now and in the future that extend beyond your grave – that is such an exciting and thankful thought – let it shape the way we live.
Blessings Claire xx