There was a reflection on 1 Chronicles 28 in church today. The word that jumped out at me was somehow not very "spiritual" in the usual sense. You see, the passage was talking a lot about the detailed building plans of the temple that God had dictated to David, and which David subsequently passed on to his son Solomon who was commissioned to build the temple. And I just wondered how those plans were recorded. On paper? On parchment? On clay tablets? Or only in "softcopy?" Did David have any training in architecture or quantity surveying or interior design? And the big question, since God was the master architect, did He use AutoCAD? Of course not, silly me. But it was thought-provoking for a little while.
And now, on this Father's Day, let's hear the words of a father to his son...
4 “Yet the Lord, the God of Israel, has chosen me from among all my father’s family to be king over Israel forever. For he has chosen the tribe of Judah to rule, and from among the families of Judah he chose my father’s family. And from among my father’s sons the Lord was pleased to make me king over all Israel. 5 And from among my sons—for the Lord has given me many—he chose Solomon to succeed me on the throne of Israel and to rule over the Lord’s kingdom. 6 He said to me, ‘Your son Solomon will build my Temple and its courtyards, for I have chosen him as my son, and I will be his father. 7 And if he continues to obey my commands and regulations as he does now, I will make his kingdom last forever.’
8 “So now, with God as our witness, and in the sight of all Israel—the Lord’s assembly—I give you this charge. Be careful to obey all the commands of the Lord your God, so that you may continue to possess this good land and leave it to your children as a permanent inheritance.
9 “And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 10 So take this seriously. The Lord has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary. Be strong, and do the work.”
Congratulations to Jon for his well delivered maiden sermon on Daniel 6. Hallelujah. May there be many more to come! :P