I Chronicles 17:12
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12  He shall build a house for Me, and I will establish his throne forever.

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יב  הוּא יִבְנֶה־לִּי בָּיִת וְכֹנַנְתִּי אֶת־כִּסְאוֹ עַד־עוֹלָם׃

 17:12   He shall build a house for Me

King David wants to build the Holy Temple. However, Hashem tells him that his son, not he, will be the one to build the Beit Hamikdash. As the king who helps conquer the Land of Israel, fights Amalek and solidifies the monarchy, David plays an important part in the process of establishing the Israelites in their land. He is even able to make the preparations for the building of the Temple. However, as a warrior, he is not able to build the actual Beit Hamikdash, which is intended to promote peace and harmony among the Children of Israel as well as all the nations of the world. In contrast to David, his son Shlomo (שלמה) is a man of peace, as reflected in his name which derives from the Hebrew word for ‘peace,’ shalom (שלום). Shlomo, therefore, is God’s choice for the king who will build the Temple. For this same reason, instruments of war and violence were not used in the construction of the Beit Ha­mikdash, so that peace would be built into its very foundation (I Kings 6:7).

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  • Seeker

    Verse 12: He shall build a house for Me, and I will establish his royal throne forever.

    The only son of David this statement could plausibly refer to is the promised One, HaMashiach. He is the only One in the lineage of David who is qualified to sit on an eternal throne—He is eternal, and He holds eternity in His hand. He was, He is, and yet is to be. A mighty mystery! proving the steadfast love and faithfulness of HaShem for His people, for Yisrael—and for all of His creation. All praises to His wonderful Name!

  • Interesting, I had not considered the reason David was not to build the temple was because he was a warrior, it makes perfect sense really. But unlike many he didn't moan and grumble, he was content to listen and accept the word Nathan brought. I wonder just how Nathan felt having to tell David that he was not the one to build the temple, no easy matter I guess.

    The other thing is that the Ark of the Covenant was finally going to be in the place it was meant to always be. If ever there was an issue that points to God putting the Israelites in the place he has chosen for them, it is the placement of the Ark in His land for them. I wonder if that makes sense to you Alexander? For me it means Jerusalem is the place where God puts his presence – for always – for Israel – for the Jewish Nation.

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I Chronicles 17:12

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