The Answer To Why God Did Not Allow David To Build The Temple

In my post entitled Short Reflection: To Love God Is To Honor Him & Obey His Will, I first learned about how God chose Solomon to build the temple over David whom God considered as a man after His heart. I was left with a question why would God not let David’s sincere desire to build the temple. Not long enough, I read 1 Chronicles and I found the answer I was looking for.

Then he called for Solomon his son and charged him to build a house for the Lord , the God of Israel. David said to Solomon, “My son, I had it in my heart to build a house to the name of the Lord my God. But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have waged great wars. You shall not build a house to my name, because you have shed so much blood before me on the earth. Behold, a son shall be born to you who shall be a man of rest. I will give him rest from all his surrounding enemies. For his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days.
1 Chronicles 22:6‭-‬9 ESV

Also six chapters later.

Then King David rose to his feet and said: “Hear me, my brothers and my people. I had it in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord and for the footstool of our God, and I made preparations for building. But God said to me, ‘You may not build a house for my name, for you are a man of war and have shed blood.’
1 Chronicles 28:2‭-‬3 ESV

With this, I must say that the reason why David was not allowed to build the temple was because of God’s holiness. From here, I realized that any blood shed is unaccepted to God other than the blood shed by His Son Jesus in the cross. Blood shed caused by man is incompatible to God’s holiness, while Jesus’ blood shed brings God’s salvation to those who responds to Him.

Finally, choosing Solomon was an act of faithfulness of the Lord to David. The Lord preserved Solomon (and the peace in Israel) so he would be able to do what his father David could not do for the Lord. As the Scriptures tells us, only God can reconcile His holiness, our unholiness and the desires of our hearts for He is sovereign always and forever.

Soli Deo Gloria!


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