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Abounding In Preparation
I Chronicles 22:5 And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be builded for the LORD must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore now make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his death.
A. David’s Plan
I Chronicles 22
- 6 Then he called for Solomon his son, and charged him to build an house for the LORD God of Israel.
- 7 And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God:
- 8 But the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.
- 9 Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.
- 10 He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever.
- 11 Now, my son, the LORD be with thee; and prosper thou, and build the house of the LORD thy God, as he hath said of thee.
B. David’s Passion
- I Chronicles 22:1 Then David said, This is the house of the LORD God, and this is the altar of the burnt offering for Israel.
- I Chronicles 22:19 Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the LORD.
This wasn’t just a side-project for David.
This wasn’t just another line on his resume.
This wasn’t just a token photo-op to beef up his legacy.
The house of the Lord God was a passion of David.
I Chron. 29
- 1 Furthermore David the king said unto all the congregation, Solomon my son, whom alone God hath chosen, is yet young and tender, and the work is great: for the palace is not for man, but for the LORD God.
- 2 Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for things to be made of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and the brass for things of brass, the iron for things of iron, and wood for things of wood; onyx stones, and stones to be set, glistering stones, and of divers colours, and all manner of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance.
- 3 Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house,
- 4 Even three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses withal:
- 5 The gold for things of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and for all manner of work to be made by the hands of artificers. And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the LORD?
One talent is anywhere from 75 pounds, to 110 pounds.
At 75 pounds:
- One talent of gold – $1.4 million dollars (David gave 3,000 talents)
- One talent of silver – $16,500 dollars (David gave 7,000 talents)
C. David’s Preparation
- 1 Chronicles 22:5 And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be builded for the LORD must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore now make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his death.
I would like to draw a comparison to David’s preparation for the building of the Temple, to our preparation in the building of a church for God’s honor and glory.
We are not talking this morning about the building itself; but the church – the people that make up this body of believers.
Jesus said in Matthew 16:18 …and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
BOTTOM LINE: In order to accomplish anything of any importance of impact, there is a lot of preparation that goes into it.
Abundance of preparation was in order because:
I. The Extent of the Mandate
- I Chronicles 22:5 And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be builded for the LORD must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries:
Here at Calvary Baptist Church, our predominant agenda should be to bring Glory and Honor to God.
In order to do that, we must understand the importance of preparation.
It takes time to do something right.
We are bad about getting something close enough, or making a half-hearted effort.
David wasn’t settling for anything but the best.
- The house that is to be builded FOR THE LORD.
- The house that is to be builded MUST BE EXCEEDING MAGNIFICAL.
- The house that is to be builded MUST BE OF FAME AND GLORY THROUGHOUT ALL COUNTRIES.
The church of the Living God should be exceeding magnifical because it is FOR THE LORD.
- 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
- 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
- 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
- Psalms 34:3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
II. The Expanse of the Material
David’s list of building material was diverse.
The list of material that David accumulated consisted of:
Iron and Brass – vs. 3
- 1 Chronicles 22:3 And David prepared iron in abundance for the nails for the doors of the gates, and for the joinings; and brass in abundance without weight;
Cedar trees – vs. 4
- 1 Chronicles 22:4 Also cedar trees in abundance: for the Zidonians and they of Tyre brought much cedar wood to David.
Gold and Silver – vs. 14
Timber and stone – vs. 14
- 1 Chronicles 22:14 Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto.
Onyx stones, glistering stones, precious stones
- I Chron. 29:2 Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for things to be made of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and the brass for things of brass, the iron for things of iron, and wood for things of wood; onyx stones, and stones to be set, glistering stones, and of divers colours, and all manner of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance.
The variety of material that David used to build the Temple is significant.
It came from far and wide.
- The gold was not more important than the iron.
- The silver was not more important than the brass.
- The precious stones were not more important than the cedar trees.
Each element that made up the Temple had an important role to play.
God is using a variety of people to build his church.
Each one is uniquely valuable to the work.
The Apostle Paul addresses this fact in his letter to the church of Corinth.
I Corinthians 12
- 14 For the body is not one member, but many.
- 15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
- 16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
- 17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
- 18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
- 19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
- 20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
- 21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
- 22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
- 23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
- 24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
- 25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
- 26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
- 27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
A church that is exceeding magnifical must reach every person in the community.
A church that is going to bring God glory and honor must attempt to see every person saved.
Each group of people will require a different approach.
NOTE: David was never satisfied with the amount of building material. SEE verse 16
He also told Solomon not to get satisfied with the amount of building material.
- Verse 14 – that thou mayest add thereto
III. The Expertise of the Manpower
- 1 Chronicles 22:2 And David commanded to gather together the strangers that were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to hew wrought stones to build the house of God.
- 1 Chronicles 22:15 Moreover there are workmen with thee in abundance, hewers and workers of stone and timber, and all manner of cunning men for every manner of work.
To build something that is exceeding magnifical, you need workers that know what they are doing.
These hewers and workers of stone and timber had expertise because they had experience.
You can’t win lost people unless you go after them.
You can’t encourage discouraged people if you never talk to them.
You can’t help children if you’ve never dealt with them.
You can’t help teenagers if you’ve never worked with them.
You can’t help addicts if you always avoid them.
You can’t help the senior citizens if you never interact with them.
You can’t help couples struggling in their marriage if you don’t ever listen to them and pray with them.
Conclusion: Arise therefore, and be doing, and the Lord be with thee!