Summary: David left a legacy to God with the preparations for the building of the temple. What kind of legacy are you going to leave?
• SLIDE #1
• I always enjoy taking time to look at the different aspects of the life of David. Today we will conclude our short True Life series by looking at something that I believe we ought to give more attention to than we do.
• In the text we will examine this morning David is in the last years of his reign. David now have a new focus, his focus is on leaving a legacy.
• The context of this part of David’s life is this; he had a desire to build a house for God. David had been troubled that God’s house was represented by basically a fancy tent.
• David wanted God to have a nicer (CRIB) house, one that was more representative of who God is.
• David will spend a great deal of time in this final phase of his life making sure this temple will be built.
• As we look at what David does in 1 Chronicles 22, I think it behoove us to ask ourselves the question, “What kind of temple am I leaving for God?” Or put another way, “What kind of legacy of faith am I building?
• The temple David wanted to be built would leave a lasting impression on those who would follow David. David wanted to build a legacy that would last for generations.
• David really puts his focus on this endeavor in the closing chapters of his life. In earlier parts of his life he was too busy to put much time or effort.
• Legacy is defined as follows: something that is handed down or remains from a previous generation or time.
• God wants us to build a legacy of faith. God wants our lives to have an impact on others that will last a life time.
• If we are interested in building a legacy of faith there are things
• I wonder what kind of legacy we can leave behind if we were to start thinking about it now.
• 1 Chronicles gives a nice game plan that will help us to build a legacy of faith, a legacy that can be passed on from generation to generation.
• Let’s begin with verses 1-5 of 1 Chronicles 22.
• SLIDE #2
• 1 Chronicles 22:2–5 (ESV) 2 David commanded to gather together the resident aliens who were in the land of Israel, and he set stonecutters to prepare dressed stones for building the house of God. 3 David also provided great quantities of iron for nails for the doors of the gates and for clamps, as well as bronze in quantities beyond weighing, 4 and cedar timbers without number, for the Sidonians and Tyrians brought great quantities of cedar to David. 5 For David said, “Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the LORD must be exceedingly magnificent, of fame and glory throughout all lands. I will therefore make preparation for it.” So David provided materials in great quantity before his death.
• SLIDE #3
I. Building a legacy of faith requires planning.
• David is not able to build the house of the Lord himself because God told him he could not in 2 Samuel 7.
• David could have been distraught and given up, but instead David had decided that he was going to help his son Solomon build the legacy he wanted to leave.
• David goes right to the planning stage of building the temple.
• Just as a side note, the temple that Solomon eventually builds was known as Solomon’s temple since he was the one who built it. I would imagine that David would not have cared about it because he knew he had a part to play in it being built.
• David starts planning. He got people together, he gathered stonecutters. He provided great quantities of iron as well as great quantities of bronze and cedar timbers.
• Jesus talks about planning in Luke 14:28
• SLIDE #4
• Luke 14:28 (ESV) For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?
• Planning is a prudent thing to do!
• In verse five David states that since Solomon is young and inexperienced, that David would make the plans for the house of God.
• Short of building the temple, David left little undone in the planning and preparation for it to be built.
• David set everything in motion to ensure that Solomon would be successful in building the legacy of faith!
• What are you doing to build a legacy to God? Are you making plans or just hoping something will happen?
• If you fail to plan, you might as well plan to fail.