Series: Kingdom of God
Sun am 16th September 2012 – Kobus Swart
(Matt. 1:1); Heb. 12:22-29 (The Message); 2 Sam. 6:3-12; 2 Sam. 7:1-14; John 14:1-2;
John 16:5-15; John 18:36-37; Acts 1:3-8; Rom. 14:17; (Hagg. 2:8)
Studies of the life of David show many kingdom principles as well as keys to earthy spirituality. David with all his humanness was loved of God. Jesus was called, “the son of David” (Matt. 1:1).
All that which is not of His kingdom will be shaken and torched out so that only the unshakeable kingdom remains (Heb. 12:22-29). I would rather not build in a hurry than have something which seems successful only to fall apart when the shaking comes. Only that which is built with gold, silver and precious stones, will stand in the fire of a consuming God.
David was about to assume Kingship but there was one thing missing – the Ark of the Covenant. Jerusalem was incomplete without the Ark. Uzzah, a “kind” man, was struck down by God for steadying the Ark which was about to fall off the cart because of a rough patch in the road. The Ark is not something you can “handle” with your old religious mind-set. The Ark “accidentally” ended up in the house of Obed-Edom and a “revival” broke out for three months. It would be wonderful to have a three-month revival, but we want more than that, we want to be a habitation of God (2 Sam. 6:3-12).
Perhaps David did right when he did not want the Ark to come straight to the City of David after the incident. God wanted to some alignment in the heart of David and his team. Revival may not last very long if there is no relational alignment to contain the revival. We are being positioned and trained by God through the Word to be a new wineskin, ready for the final outpouring of the best wine.
The Ark finally landed where it was supposed to be, where the king reigns; kingdom, rule, reign, presence of God. David is finally in a good place, he writes psalms, he uses his throne as a pulpit. He had learned to find refuge in God in the wilderness; now here he is, on the throne.
Then David saw that the Ark was still under a tent and decided he would build God a house. He calls on Nathan and Nathan says to him, “Go, do all that is in your mind, for the Lord is with you.” That happens to many modern-day prophets when they can’t discern between the mind of God and the desires in people’s hearts. Then the Lord brought correction. But in the same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying, “Go and say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Are you the one who should build Me a house to dwell in?…” The Lord also declares to you that the Lord will make a house for you. (2 Sam. 7:1-14). “You will not build Me a house, I will build you a house.”
This is how Jesus puts it: In My Father’s house are many dwelling places… (John 14:2, also see 1 Cor 3:16). We always interpreted that as heaven where everyone will have a little mansion. That is not what it says.”… for I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2). The original says, “I go and prepare you a place.” The preparation is taking place inside you. “I am preparing you to be My dwelling.” The theological earthquakes are going to be far-reaching because of the truth hidden in this verse and many others. How does He do that? By the Helper, the Holy Spirit! He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you (John 16:7, 12-15). This links the kingdom to the Holy Spirit.
He who is called the “son of David” is saying, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting” (John 18:36). The nations will come with their wealth to the House of God. (Hag. 2:8; Is 2:2). God wants to make us the stewards of the wealth of the nations because we are not seeking the things of the world, we are seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness(Matt. 6:33). Seek first His kingdom, which is not of this realm, and all the other things in this realm will be given to you. It takes a shift in our thinking.
The kingdom was uppermost in the mind of the resurrected Christ (See Acts 1:3). The kingdom of God is in the Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit is the administrator of the kingdom through you and me. For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17). Eating and drinking was what they used to do when they set in a King in the OT. The kingdom of God must happen within us first; He is building us into His house and that can only happen by the Holy Spirit.