Summary: Gods Promise to David. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
When God Says "No!”
Reading: 2 Samuel chapter 7:
• All of us are familiar with the ‘Taj Mahal’ in India.
• It is one of the most recognizable structures in the world.
• But not everyone knows the story behind it.
• In 1631, a great emperor named Shah Jahan;
• Built this beautiful structure
• In memory of his wife of 19 years who died while bearing their 14th child.
• When she died,
• Shah Jahan left his wife’s deathbed and went straight to his palace quarters,
• And he locked the doors behind him.
• For 3 days he remained locked in is room, taking no food or drink.
• When he reappeared 9 days later,
• His raven black hair had turned completely white.
• When he returned to his palace,
• The emperor began construction of his wife’s tomb;
• To build it would not be easy;
• It would take 22,000 men and women & 1,000 elephants;
• Working around the clock, 24 hours a day for 22 years to complete the project.
• Today the Taj Mahal contains the tomb of his wife;
• And is one of the Seven Wonders of the modern World
• It is NOT uncommon for someone;
• To create or build something beautiful for the one they love.
• That’s what David (a man after God’s own heart) wanted to do.
• He wanted to build a beautiful structure for his God.
• In the ancient world, when kings had no wars to fight;
• They often took on projects.
• David Israel’s greatest king was enjoying a period of rest
• Verse 1 tells us “the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around him”
Things for David were as good as they might ever be:
• He was king over the entire nation
• He had established a new capital,
• He had a new close spiritual advisor, the prophet Nathan
• Verse 2: As he enjoys the luxury of living in a palace;
• He sends for Nathan the prophet and says:
• “I am living in a beautiful cedar palace, but the Ark of God is out there in a tent!”
• The ark of God has several names in the Old Testament;
• It is also known as the ark of the covenant,
• The ark of the LORD, and the ark of the testimony.
• The Ark of the Covenant was a kind of chest,
• Inside this chest were a number of sacred items such as;
• The stone tablets with the Ten Commandments, scrolls of the Law,
• Manna, and the rod of Aaron.
• The ark is a symbol of God’s permanent covenant(s) with the Jewish people;
• And a symbol of his presence among them.
• It was housed in the tabernacle.
• Which was a large super-tent/marquee type of structure.
• As David thinks of this special sacred chest sitting in a tent.
• He hazes around his palace and thinks - that does not make sense!
• And so we pick up the story with David wanting to do something about it!
As I have studies the passage this week:
• The thing that has stood out to me is David’s heart;
• And in this passage we will see three characteristics of that heart:
(1). A zealous heart (vs 1-2).
“After the king was settled in his palace and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2 he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”
• When he Pastored the Methodist church in Scarborough,
• The great preacher William Sangster had an eccentric member in his congregation.
• This man was a zealous Christian.
• But unfortunately, the man was also mentally deficient and usually did the wrong thing.
• While working as a barber the man lathered up a customer for a shave,
• Came at him with the poised razor, and asked,
• “Are you prepared to meet your God?”
• The frightened man fled out of the shop and down the road;
• With the shaving lather still on his face!
The heart of David was a zealous heart.
• Quote: Dictionary describes ‘zealous’ as "eagerness in the pursuit of something."
• The idea being to "pursue" something with strong feelings;
• Until that ‘something’ is found or completed.
The heart of David was a zealous heart.
• As David sat resting from his hard work;
• Sitting in his luxurious palace made out of the best cedar wood;
• We would say it was constructed out of the best materials that money could buy!