I’d always heard, read, and understood that David wanted to build a permanent dwelling place for the Ark of the Covenant. Based on what I read this morning in 2 Samuel 7, I think this is right. God gently rebukes David, essentially reminding him who is in charge; lovingly, he says “I’m the one who does things for you, and will set you up a permanent house.”
He goes on to say that it falls to one who will “come from David’s body” to set up a permanent house for God on Earth. And I’d always heard and understood this to be a reference to Solomon, who would build the first temple.
As I ponder it, I begin to think that this — at best– half right.
I think God was talking about Jesus. Jesus was a decendent of David. And his body was a permanent house for God. So was his church.
On the other hand, Solomon’s temple didn’t last forever. Solomon was just as human as David, and so it stands to reason that he’d be just as inapropriate a builder. As I continue to read through this portion of scripture, it’ll be interesting to watch how and when Solomon builds the temple, and whether God seems to be fully behind Solomon’s plans or merely not opposed to them.