Thursday, October 29, 2009

Discussion Question: David, Blood, Jesus, and the Temple

Just throwing this out there: is there a significant connection between Israel not being able to build the Temple until after David died due to the wars and blood spilled by David at God's command (1st Chronicles 28:3) and the temple of the second covenant not being consecrated until Christ's death (which meant the Holy Spirit could not come until that time) Hebrews 9:17-23 and John 16:7?

Note that Stephen specifically refers to David asking to build a house but Solomon doing it in his long defense before the Sanhedrin (Acts 7:46-47)


Bev said...

Hi David. I see a connection, but I don't think I'm seeing the same one that you are. God had forbid David to build the temple because of the wars and bloodshed, passing the job on to Solomon who would lead over Israel in peace (1 Chronicles 22:9-10). Jesus, the Prince of Peace, brought the message of peace.

- He committed no sin, deceived none, and did not repay evil with evil (1 Peter 2:2-23)

- He established peace (Ephesians 2:15, Colossians 1:20)

- He brought a message of peace (Ephesians 2:17, Ephesians 6:15)

Another possibly interesting thing I noted is that David, when encouraging Solomon, told him "do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished" (1 Chronicles 28:20). Jesus also came with those same encouraging words of prophecy, that they shall call his name Immanuel, "God with us."

And finally, the Holy Spirit was the provision given for building the church. As David made provision for Solomon to build the temple (1 Chronicles 29:19), Christ made provision by his death that the Holy Spirit would come (Acts 1:8, John 16:7).

Both David and Solomon typify Christ in different ways.

David Rudel said...

Hey Bev, thanks for this!
I was also considering the war and peace aspect. I like the provision idea.

Remember that connections need not always be least in my book. It would be enough to say that the scenario with David was designed as one [of many] pictures in the Old Testament pointing to Christ simply in the relevant facts.

sweetdreams said...

Hi David,
the second temple which was built after the Babylonian exile never was consecrated. The Spirit never lived there. In fact Jesus was the third temple and from that time on his followers' bodies became temples.

Those followers who take up the sword and become warriors like David will find no spirit residing in their blood stained temples.