2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16, December 24, 2021

Reading

When King David was settled in his palace,
and the LORD had given him rest from his enemies on every side,
he said to Nathan the prophet,
“Here I am living in a house of cedar,
while the ark of God dwells in a tent!”
Nathan answered the king,
“Go, do whatever you have in mind,
for the LORD is with you.”
But that night the LORD spoke to Nathan and said:
“Go, tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD:
Should you build me a house to dwell in?

“‘It was I who took you from the pasture
and from the care of the flock
to be commander of my people Israel.
I have been with you wherever you went,
and I have destroyed all your enemies before you.
And I will make you famous like the great ones of the earth.
I will fix a place for my people Israel;
I will plant them so that they may dwell in their place
without further disturbance.
Neither shall the wicked continue to afflict them as they did of old,
since the time I first appointed judges over my people Israel.
I will give you rest from all your enemies.
The LORD also reveals to you
that he will establish a house for you.
And when your time comes and you rest with your ancestors,
I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins,
and I will make his Kingdom firm.
I will be a father to him,
and he shall be a son to me.
Your house and your Kingdom shall endure forever before me;
your throne shall stand firm forever.’”

 

 

Reflection: 

David is concerned he is living in a better place than the Lord.  While David has just moved into a new palace; the Lord, whose manifestation is exemplified by the Ark of the Covenant is sheltered in a tent.  David articulated to the prophet Nathan that he desired to construct a dwelling for the Lord, which meant a magnificent temple. Communicating by way of the prophet, God reveals to David that he would establish for David a house for him, meaning a royal dynasty, “The House of David” on which the Messiah would be born.   God’s pledge included the belief human beings were more significant than a temple and God’s mission would be implemented through people, not buildings.  Throughout salvation history, God has always worked amidst individuals as seen in the Old and New Testament and his loving presence in our world continues through us today as members of the Body of Christ.  As the passage notes, God is always with us.  As we look forward to Christmas Day, constantly seeking to witness the love of Jesus to others, we move uninhibited with the confidence our God is a God of unconditional love and peace, who always is with us and wants to be with us.  This is the story of Christmas!