In the last post, we read how David and the Levite priests went to acquire the Ark of the Covenant culminating with a celebration in Jerusalem and praise to God.  Later preparations were made to house the Ark in a permanent dwelling, a Temple for the Name of the LORD.

1 Chronicles 21:18-19 Then the angel of the LORD commanded Gad (a prophet) to tell David to go up and erect an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. David went up at Gad’s command, given in the Name of the LORD.

The LORD began to choose Temple leaders, namely the priests from the tribe of Levi and singers, gatekeepers, treasurers, and others.  1 Chronicles 23:13 The sons of Amram were Aaron and Moses. Aaron was set apart to be consecrated as most holy, he and his sons forever, to offer sacrifice before the LORD, to minister to Him, and to Bless His Name forever.

However, God told David that he wasn’t allowed to build the temple because of David’s history of involvement in war.  1 Chronicles 28: 2-3  King David rose to his feet and said: “Hear me, my kinsmen and my people. It was my purpose to build a house of repose myself for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, the footstool for the feet of our God;  and I was preparing to build it.  But God said to me, You may not build a house for my name, for you are a man who waged wars and shed blood.

David ordered that materials be amassed for the temple construction.  There was gold, silver, onyx, carnelian,  marble, wood, iron and other precious stones that were acquired for the temple.  1 Chronicles 29:13, 29:16 part of David’s prayer in preparation for building the temple “Therefore, our God, we give You thanks and we praise the majesty of Your Name.” verse 16 “O LORD, our God, all this wealth that we have brought together to build You a house in honor of Your holy Name comes from You and is entirely Yours.”

This concludes our study of the Holy Name from 1 Chronicles.

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