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May 6, 2024

Rēad to Read …Again

Daily Reading: I Chronicles 15-17


I Chronicles 17:4

Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the Lord, Thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in:


It is just like the Lord. He always does the unexpected. David, the king of Israel had it in his heart to build a house for the Lord God. Yet, God sent Nathan the prophet to tell the king no. Upon first hearing these words David could have been disappointed, saddened or even disillusioned. However, that was not all of the message our Father in Heaven gave to Nathan. He also said… Furthermore I tell thee that the Lord will build thee an house. (I Chronicles 17:10) David wanted to build the Lord a house, but the Lord said no! I will build you a house.


And He did. The Lord God built David a house. Notice closely though the continuation of God’s prophecy to David through Nathan.

·         David would sleep with his fathers (would die a natural death)       vs. 11

·         God would raise up a seed after him which shall be of his sons      vs. 11

·         God would establish his kingdom                                          vs. 11

·         That son of David will build the Lord a house                               vs. 12

·         His (the son of David) throne will be established forevermore         vs. 12


Do you see it? This is God’s prophecy of the coming Christ.

  • Jesus is the son of David The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David… (Matthew 1:1)

  • Jesus is the seed of David Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David… (John 7:42)

  • On the day of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem the people cried this when they saw the Lord: Blessed be the kingdom of our father David… (Mark 11:10)

  • In speaking about the Lord in Ephesians 2:19, Paul states that those who have been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ are: Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

  • Jesus sits on the throne of David and will forever He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end. (Luke 1:32-33)


Now, if all that is not enough to get a child of God excited, consider this: your body is the Temple (house) of God wherein the Holy Spirit of God lives. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (I Corinthians 3:16). Thereby it could be said you are building a house (the life you live in your body) for God. This is spiritual, but God promises you that He is building a physical, eternal house in Heaven. In my Father’s house are many mansion: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2)


Like David, you may desire to build Him a house, but in reality, He is building you a house (both spiritually and physically). That’s something a child of God can build a life upon, a life filled with thanksgiving, anticipation and just the sheer expectation of it all. As has been said by so many that are better than this writer, “The best is yet to come!”


Dr. William T. Howe

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