He Shall Build a House for My Name


2 Samuel 7:1-14a
Psalm 89:20-37
Ephesians 2:11-22
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56


David conquered the city of the Jebusites and named it Jerusalem. The traditions of the Middle East of that time was to have a capital city, especially a newly captured important city, that could also serve as the resting place of the national god.

David appears to have intended to follow the pattern. He had his palace built along with other necessary government buildings, and now he expected to place God in a new building befitting the God of Israel. Living in a tent could no longer be permitted.

As we read, God had other ideas. The tent will do nicely for now.

[1 Samuel 1:7,9 refer to “the House of the Lord,” but that should be taken as the tabernacle.]

God ordered David to be the Great king he was chosen to be and let his son build the Temple.

There is an important play on words in the Hebrew. David intends to build a bayit, a house for God, but God tells David through Nathan, The Lord declares to you that He, the Lord, will establish a house/bayit for youJSB (verse 11b)

In the most lasting sense, David will build a house for God.

Two more important points. Verses 12-13: When your days are done and you lie with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own issue, and I will establish his kingship. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish his royal throne foreverJSB

Firstly, the house will be built for the Name of God. God cannot be tied to one place; He is God of the universe. It was one thing to lead Israel through the wilderness until they reached the summit of their destination. It would be un-Godly to limit Himself to one small city in one small kingdom.

Secondly, the two verses must be read as two-fold prophecies. The first regards Solomon and the second regards the Messiah. The bayit Solomon would build would only hold the Name of God, but the bayit of the Messiah would hold all the Children of God.


Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

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June 24, 2018


1 Samuel 17:1-49
Psalm 9:9-20
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Mark 4:35-41


David and Goliath is one of the best-known stories from the Bible. Children like it because one of their own is the hero. Unfortunately, adults like it because it has the feel of a fairy tale. It is a story of the good guy winning against heavy odds.

To write off the story as an odds beater is to miss the point, or rather, several points, the most important being that God provided the victory. But this is primarily a story about David replacing Saul. If we read all 31 chapters of 1 Samuel, we see the numerous events surrounding the long decline and fall of King Saul. The Goliath story is but the first of many to show David is God’s chosen, while Saul descends into near madness until he and his sons die in battle with the Philistines.

As we read last week, the Philistines were worldly, wealthy, Greeks who wanted to subjugate the hill tribes of the Hebrews. Saul attempted to defeat them but ultimately lost his life trying.

At the end of chapter 16, we see David being brought to King Saul to help him out of his funk. Saul knew that God had abandoned him but did not understand why.

Having read that account (16:14-23), it is a bit jarring when we turn to 17:55-58 where Saul has no idea who David is. There are many attempts to explain this conflict, but I don’t want to deal with that here except to say that non-believers often point to such contradictions as proof that the Bible is not the least bit Holy. At the other extreme are the Christians (rarely Jews) who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible. This kind of issue is hard to explain away.

While I accept that God chose David and that God was behind David’s victory in this reading, we should not forget that ten to twelve-year-old David was capable of killing an armor-clad nine-foot plus soldier with a stone. We moderns would not think of sending a ten-year-old boy into the wilderness to guard a valuable flock of sheep, knowing that bears, lions, and thieves lived there as well.

David was well armed. The shepherd’s sling could generate great speed, sending a stone to a target as small as a sparrow with consistent accuracy. What’s more, the stones chosen by David were small but heavy. With speeds close to those of old musket balls, death was likely.

If someone wants to argue that the stone could not have hit Goliath’s forehead because the bronze helmet would have come down to his eyebrows, let them. The text clearly reads forehead, and there are many ways to explain the helmet.

Something more inexplicable happens next. David runs to Goliath, pulls Goliath’s sword from its sheath, and chops the head from the giant. The difficulty is first, the weight of the sword, then the presence of the shield bearer. The man who could carry the shield of Goliath had to be stronger than most—a small giant himself. Why did he not kill David?

The little details are not important for the real story. Only with God is there victory. David proves himself to be God’s chosen.


Saul begins to worry about this young one taking his throne.


Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence