“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16)

 Leslie M John

“The king said to Nathan the prophet, ‘See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.’ ” (2 Samuel 7:2 ESV))

King David, who had an ardent desire to build a house for the God, said to Nathan the prophet that it is not proper for the Ark of God to be behind curtains while he lived in a posh house made of Cedar wood. The prophet extemporaneously said to David that he may do according to his heart’ s desire, but when God said to the prophet and question him if he is capable of build a house for God to dwell in.

Cedar wood is incorruptible. Houses made of wooden were considered as posh living Houses in the Old Testament period, more so, if they were made of Cedar wood. King David lived in one such house made of Cedar wood (Cf.2 Samuel 5:11).

As God desired the prophet went to the king and asked him if he is capable of building the house for God. The LORD reminded David through Nathan the prophet that He never asked any of the tribes of the children of Israel while they were on their journey from Egypt to Canaan to build a house for Him except to set up a temporary portable tent called the “Tabernacle” wherever they went.

The LORD said to David by the word of the mouth of the prophet to recollect his status as a shepherd boy from where he was lifted to occupy the highest position as the King of Israel. It was God who made him not only a King over Israel but He cut out of his sight all his enemies and made his name greater than any king upon this earth.

God saw the affliction of the children of Israel, who served Pharaoh of Egypt as slaves, and brought them out of the bondage of slavery into a land flowing with milk and honey and promised to give them the to possess it. He assured them that if they served the LORD with fervor none would be able to afflict them anymore.

After they had come into the Promised Land, it was first theocracy, when God ruled them by the judges, but they wanted a king to rule over them. God hesitatingly made Saul as king over them, but because he did not obey the LORD fully, the LORD removed him from kingship and made David as the King over Israel.

God caused David to rest from all his enemies and said that the LORD will build a house for him and when his days on this earth are fulfilled he will make him sleep with his fathers. The LORD also promised that David’s son Solomon will sit on his throne, and his Kingdom will be established forever, provided Solomon kept the commandments and statutes of the LORD. He also said that it is because David was a man of war, and his hands are full with blood, Solomon will build a house for the LORD.

God said that if Solomon committed any iniquity he would chastise him with rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men, but His mercy will not depart from him.

King David humbled himself after hearing God’s word through Nathan the prophet and exalted the name of God by saying:

”Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears” (2 Samuel 7:22)

”And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee” (2 Samuel 7:26)

Solomon built a temple for the LORD and quickly realizes that God is so big that heaven of heavens cannot contain Him.

Isaiah 66:1 reads…

“Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?”

Solomon said:

“But will God indeed dwell with man on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, how much less this house that I have built! (2 Chronicles 6:18 ESV)

Apostle Paul says God lives in our hearts.

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16)

“Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh” (1 Corinthians 6:15-16)