- Religion and Philosophy
Week 3...We Have a Big God!
Oct. 29, 2012
We Have a Big God!
“Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.
What kind of house will you build for me?
says the Lord.
Or where will my resting place be?
Has not my hand made all these things?”
As a man faithful and obedient to the Lord, David planned on putting up a temple for God. He was the chosen king by which it was set that he should shepherd the people of Israel and he had it within him the great desire for a place by which the Lord can find rest to. It would not only be a source of strength for the people but also a pleasing sight for any who may happen to pass by. David saw it an enormous structure as it would stand in magnificent glory. It would also serve to be a reminder of how God had been so good to the Israelites. He was all willing to set the matter to its start. He so eagerly dream of having it built but God knows everything and he told him his response of it. David said in 1 Corinthians 28:2, “Listen to me, my brothers and my people. I had it in my heart to build a house as a place of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, for the footstool of our God, and I made plans to build it. But God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood.’”
God interrupted David that he shall not be the one to build a house for his name but instead it was to be Solomon his son that he mentioned in 1 Corinthians 28:6-7, “He said to me: ’Solomon your son is the one who will build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. I will establish his kingdom forever if he is unswerving in carrying out my commands and laws, as is being done at this time.’”
Even though David was not the one who would be making his plan into action, he did not take it as something that could have him down. His desire was still the same and it didn’t change. He set straight to the vision. It was not for himself that he wanted a temple to be built. It was not for the people or for his honour either but it was for God. He wanted to glorify God by it. To please him was a purpose by which he sees the structure to lay upon.
By the time David was at the prime of his life, Solomon’s throne has been established. He has been made king. The next ruler has been set. The kingdom was now under a new authority. There is now another who occupies the king’s seat. There were no more pursuers for the throne. Everyone has now acknowledge Solomon as the next in line. Upon his declaration, David instructed his son of what he should do in construction of the temple. He made clear the steps by which were to be followed. The blueprint was transparent that he should need to look into.
David have prepared Solomon with some of the equipments he needed. He had amassed a great deal of materials to him. The task was great because the structure was not for man but for the Lord. He have provided with all his resources of gold, silver, bronze, iron and wood. Large quantities were brought upon by his servants. Precious stones such as onyx, turquoise and all kinds of fine stones were also set. David gave as much as he could to lessen the work soon on-hand.
Time passed by that many anticipated until it was only days needed to completion. Everything were constructed. It took a lot of years for the temple to be done. A total of seven years have to be spend for things to be in place. Things were set with God’s guidance. The work was finished and Solomon saw how magnificent the temple was. It was an awe for everyone who worked for it. It was definitely a wonder to beheld. It’s easy to notice its design. The necessary equipments were brought within its gates. They filled the rooms inside and soon everyone gathered in the king’s command.
The time came when Solomon was to bring the temple to its dedication. There were many people outside as 1 Kings 8:22-26 tells us that Solomon stood before the altar in front of the whole assembly of Israel, spread out his hands toward heaven and said:
“O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below – you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way. You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it - as it is today.
“Now, Lord, God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father the promises you made to him when you said, ‘You shall never fail to have a man to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your sons are careful in all they do to walk before me as you have done.’ And now, O God of Israel, let your word that you have promised your servant my father come true…”
By faith, Solomon declared of what a big God we have!
It was also by faith that Stephen in the book of Acts has testified upon the assembly of the Sanhedrin. He knows God greatness and what its like upon the heavens and the earth. Heaven is his throne and the earth is his footstool. Isaiah 66:1-2 also states it the same. This is what the Lord says: “Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord.
On the two verses, heaven is described as God’s throne and the earth is his footstool. We know of a throne as something we can sit upon. It is a royal seat made for novelties. Kings rest in them and what better way to have it than with something to lay the feet upon as well. The footstool serve the purpose. We can only imagine what a great God we have. Whatever you may be facing right now, bear in mind, we have a big God!