Love Came Down with a Change of Relationship

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In the age of King David’s rule, when wars had ended, boundaries were maintained and peace was upon the land, David found himself dreaming about a new home. Yet the king dreamt not for himself: After years of bloody battles for Israel’s destiny, David longed to build a house for Jehovah God.

God’s reaction to David’s dream was bigger than simple commendation for a great idea. Basically, the Lord replied:

David, I, the Lord of Hosts, took you from the fields as a shepherd to the throne of Israel. I have been with you throughout your long campaigns. I have cut off all your enemies. David, I made you famous, renowned as a great man everywhere. Not only will I continue to subdue your enemies, but when you pass away, I will set up your own son as king. I will establish his kingdom just like I established you.

And here is the best news of all:  David, I am moving in as Dad. I will adopt your child as My son. His throne will be established by My authority. I will never take My mercy away from him like I did to your predecessor. In fact, I will establish your son in My house and in My kingdom and he will be established forever as My own. (1 Chronicles 17)

Wow! David envisioned establishing a permanent resting place for God to dwell in and God responded with a better plan: Your son will build this temple and on my part, well, I’m planning on adoption. Just as Adam was my son, that’s what I’’m planning now.

Fall on the FarmImmediately, preparations began. David designed blueprints for the temple and secured the necessary materials and experts. David amassed over one hundred thousand talents of gold (3750 tons) and one million talents of silver (37,500 tons) as well as bronze and iron beyond measure, and timber, stone, workmen and skilled labour (1 Chronicles 22).

Next, David implemented the temple governance and the daily practice for the temple, everything from establishing the office of gatekeepers, singers and temple priests to scribing psalms and designing musical instruments for the temple rites.  Every detail of the temple was directed by Father God Himself.  Though David couldn’t build the temple himself, he designed the plan by the Spirit:

And David gave to his son Solomon the pattern of the porch, and of its houses, and of its treasuries, and of its upper rooms, and of its innermost rooms, and of the place of the mercy-seat,  and the pattern of all that he had by the Spirit, of the courts of the house of Jehovah, and of all the rooms all around the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries of the holy things…All was in writing from the hand of Jehovah. He made me understand all the work of this pattern. ( 1 Chron. 28: 11-19)

Imagine the joy David felt as God rolled up His sleeves and started designed the dream temple.  Folks, this temple building is a family affair.

Earlier, after the sting and shame of Bathsheba, Uriah and the dead child, yes, after that pain, God informed David he would have a son who would build the temple David was only whispering in his prayers:

Behold, a son shall be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies all around. His name shall be Solomon, for I will give peace and quietness to Israel in his days. He shall build a house for My name, and he shall be My son, and I will be his Father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’ 11 [1]

Unlike Warrior David, King Solomon was to be marked by rest, peace, and wholeness.

Farm FieldSolomon’s name means peace. The Scriptures record that at his birth, God loved Solomon and released a new name for Solomon, “Jedidiah”, meaning beloved of the Lord. ( 2 Samuel 12:24). God loved Solomon before he could spout a proverb, impress a queen or rule a Hebrew nation!  He just simply loved him. As a beloved son of God, Solomon was called to build the temple, a beautiful foreshadowing of the New Testament reality offered by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that all who believe in Jesus are adopted into God’s family:

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many as were baptized into Christ, you put on Christ. There cannot be Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is no male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:26-29)

Today the temple construction and restoration still continues. Only  those who apply the truth of their adoption, living as bona fide sons of Almighty God, build well.

Paul, urged the Corinthians to consider this challenge:

For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is…
Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
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Like the days of Solomon, construction of the temple is established within the distinct relationship of being a beloved child of God:

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
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Thankfully, the Holy Spirit leads us and teaches us to perceive this truth of being Father God’s kids:

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
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Winter wonderThis week, on Yom Kippur 5776, we begin the 70th Jubilee Year since Joshua crossed the Jordan.  Jubilee is a giant God-sized reset button for all who considered themselves part of God’s family. In Lev. 25:10 it says, “Sanctify the fiftieth year; make it a holy year. Proclaim freedom all over the land to everyone who lives in it–a Jubilee for you: Each person will go back to his family’s property and reunite with his extended family.” (MSG )

It’s purpose was grace-soaked:  COME HOME.

For all of you who have been cloaked blind by the enemy’s lies that there is no way you can ever come home to God, guess what?  Satan is a big fat liar.

Grab hold of the truth that all who believe in Christ Jesus are children of God and COME HOME.

God has a big plan for life, and believe it or not, when you were born, He cried out “BELOVED” over you, too.

In the Jubilee year, according to the Word, all slavery ends ( .  People are given back their inheritance.  Properties are returned.  Destiny is within reach once more.

I don’t know how hard life has been for you, or what you have endured, but I do know one thing with certainty:  God doesn’t lie.  He is Faithful and True, and this Jubilee, He’s calling everyone, every single person who would dare to believe that Christ, Son of God, came as man and died on a bloody cross, the Atonement of Heaven, for all the sin of the world, to COME HOME.

Girl PowerCome back to your birthright.

Come back to the dreams God has for you.

Come back to the truth of Jesus and His great love.

COME HOME, ’cause God has a temple to build, and it’s you.

It’s Jubilee.

Father God Almighty, we cry out for all those who are not yet sons, that they would hear the cry of the Spirit to trust and receive Christ as their Lord, that they too would know the joy, the safety and the deep peace of being a beloved child of God. Help us to abide in You, Lord Jesus , in Your Word and in Your love  this day. Wonderful Holy Spirit, arise and build us as a temple where, incredibly, Christ lives, the hope of Glory. Father God, how can we thank You enough, that through Christ, we are Your beloved children and You are now our beloved Father? Teach us, O Father God, to walk as your royal priests and kings, that we may advance Your Kingdom for Your Glory, Father. Amen.

This Week’s Reading: 1 Chronicles 21- 29

Next Week’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 1-10

Study Questions:

  1. What does a son do in relationship with his father?  What does that look like for you with Father God.
  2. Those led by the Spirit are sons of God.  Do you know that the Holy Spirit longs to show you the way of sonship?  Just ask Him.
  3. David got a double joy:  First he got the plans from His Father, then he established the resources for his son, Solomon.  What dreams are you assembling resources for, that your children may build?
  4. We are given first rights as sons, co-heirs with Christ through this adoption.  What do you want to build with your Father’s resources?
  5. Do you know God’s dreams for your life?  Your design?  Your birthright?  It’s Jubilee.  A perfect time to start asking your Father God….

[1]The New King James Version. 1982 (1 Ch 22:9-11). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
[2]The New King James Version. 1982 (1 Co 3:9-16). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
[3]The New King James Version. 1982 (Jn 1:12-13). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
[4]The New King James Version. 1982 (Ro 8:14-17). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

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