The main themes in the books of Chronicles are house builder; the building of God’s house, the temple (1 Chronicles 17:12) and maintaining the lineage of the Lord Jesus, through David’s house. There are always rules which need to be followed when building, building codes. David makes preparation to build the temple (1 Chronicles 22), however; God would not allow him to build it (1 Chronicles 28:3).
Solomon, David’s son, builds it (2 Chronicles 3-5) and throughout many kings are crowned in it including Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 29) and Josiah (2 Chronicles 34). Let’s not forget that the law of the covenant was rediscovered in it (2 Chronicles 34:14). As someone said, ‘the law of the covenant was discovered right where it was supposed to be’. However, since the house was in ruins, the law could not hold the place of esteem in the lives of the people as God had intended. The house, both physically and spiritually, was no longer standing on a firm foundation.
The Word of God has a few things to say about house building:
- Proverbs 24:3 – By wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established
- Psalm 127:1 – Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it
- Hebrews 3:4 – For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God
- Proverbs 24:3 – By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established
Even though King Solomon built the house (physical dwelling), the true house (lineage)was not built to God’s specifications nor was it maintained). Solomon turned his heart away from God (1 Kings 11:1-6) allowing the foundation of his house to crumble.
How is your house? Is it on a firm foundation? Or is it in ruins? Jesus is the house builder. When He resides in our hearts (His place of honor) we are standing on solid rock and not shifting sands. Our walls are secure and the law of the covenant (the Word) holds a place of great esteem in our lives. Is Jesus your house builder or have you allowed the love of other things, as Solomon did, to erode your foundation? Stay with Jesus, the true House Builder.