“But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.” (2 Chronicles 6:6)
The Book of Second Chronicles focuses on the temple and temple worship that befit a nation whose worship of God is central to its very survival. The book begins with Solomon’s glorious temple and concludes with Cyrus’ edict to rebuild the temple more than four hundred years later.
The throne of David has been destroyed, but the line of David remains. Murders, treachery, battles, and captivity all threaten the messianic line; but it remains clear and unbroken from Adam to Zerubbabel. The fulfillment in Christ can be seen in the genealogies of Matthew 1 and Luke 3.
The temple also prefixes Christ. Jesus says, “In this place is one greater than the temple.” (Matthew 12:6) He also likens His body to the temple: “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” (John 2:19) In Revelation 21:22, He replaces the temple: “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.”
Most of Second Chronicles 1-9 is devoted to the building and consecration of the temple. The temple symbolizes God’s presence among His people and reminds them of their high calling. It provides the spiritual link between their past and future. That is why Ezra wrote this book to encourage the people to accept the new temple raised on the sight of the old and to remind them of their true calling and God’s faithfulness despite their low circumstances. The Davidic line, temple, and priesthood are still theirs.
Just as God had a plan for David’s life, He also has a plan for our lives. May we like David strive to live for the Lord, and be obedient to Him all of our lives. When we are willing to do what He would have us do, He will bless us and enable us to do what He calls us to do. How blessed we are!
Although God did not allow David to build the temple,
Because he was a man of war,
He did allow Solomon, David’s son, to build it,
And nothing could the beauty of the temple mar.
So may we take care of God’s house,
As Solomon did so long ago,
For God will be pleased with our efforts,
And help us to spiritually grow.
Dear Father, help us to honor and glorify you by making your church a beautiful house of worship. For Christ’s sake. Amen.