Archive for November 4, 2012

BE the Church

“I have never lived in a house, from the day I brought the Israelites out of Egypt until this very day. My home has always been a tent, moving from one place to another in a Tabernacle. Yet no matter where I have gone with the Israelites, I have never once complained to Israel’s leaders, the shepherds of my people. I have never asked them, “Why haven’t you built me a beautiful cedar house?”’ (1 Chron.17:5-6)

This was the Word from God given to the prophet Nathan to speak to King David regarding David building him a temple. The story is that David was now the king. He had climbed the ladder of success and made it to the top. Jerusalem became the capital of the kingdom. At the beginning of the chapter we are told he had moved into his residence in the capital. Very likely it was quite plush. After all he was the king. He was caught up in the “big is beautiful” idea and David wanted God to have a really attractive place too. This would really put Jerusalem on the map knowing that God now lived in the city, David’s city.

David would build God a temple. He thought God would just love his idea! It wasn’t necessarily so. God was pretty much OK with living in the tabernacle. After leaving Egypt the Ark of the Covenant resided in a tabernacle. It was really a tent that was portable and moved. When the Hebrew people moved, God went with them. Each and every step of their 40 years sojourn there was a constant reminder of God’s presence. When they crossed over to the Promised Land, God was leading the way. God moved with them.

This is a wonderful metaphor for our journey in the faith. A tabernacle faith reminds us that God moves with us on our journey. Sometimes we may think we are wandering all alone but God knows where we are. Stuck in a rut, God knows. Need to stop for a rest, go ahead. Put in Christian terms, this translates into, “don’t just attend church, be church where ever you are.”