by Rev Joel Yong
1 Chronicles 28:2-3
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.
The Temple was to be a place of worship for God’s followers to gather.
David had been a soldier, killing many and conquering by force. For him to establish the Temple, would invariably lead to it being remembered as a monument built through much killing and slaughter.
His son Solomon however would reign in peace and the Temple would be built by such a man.
Why was this important?
To me, I see similarities with the Church- which would be established by the Lord Jesus Himself. Not through any blood shed, except His own.
Like the Temple, the Church would help mankind connect with God and unite His followers in purpose- as they came from around the world to worship God.