The Vision of a Godly Leader
1David assembled at Jerusalem all the officials of Israel, the officials of the tribes, the officers of the divisions that served the king, the commanders of the thousands, the commanders of the hundreds, the stewards of all the property and cattle of the king and his sons, together with the palace officials, the mighty warriors, and all the warriors. 2Then King David rose to his feet and said: "Hear me, my brothers and my people. I had planned to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, for the footstool of our God; and I made preparations for building. 3But God said to me, 'You shall not build a house for my name, for you are a warrior and have shed blood.'
4"Yet the Lord God of Israel chose me from all my ancestral house to be king over Israel for ever; for he chose Judah as leader, and in the house of Judah my father's house, and among my father's sons he took delight in making me king over all Israel. 5And of all my sons, for the Lord has given me many, he has chosen my son Solomon to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. 6He said to me, 'It is your son Solomon who shall build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be a son to me, and I will be a father to him. 7I will establish his kingdom for ever if he continues resolute in keeping my commandments and my ordinances, as he is today.' 8Now therefore in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the Lord, and in the hearing of our God, observe and search out all the commandments of the Lord your God; that you may possess this good land, and leave it for an inheritance to your children after you for ever.
9"And you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve him with single mind and willing heart; for the Lord searches every mind, and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will abandon you for ever. 10Take heed now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary; be strong, and act."
11Then David gave his son Solomon the plan of the vestibule of the temple, and of its houses, its treasuries, its upper rooms, and its inner chambers, and of the room for the mercy-seat; 12and the plan of all that he had in mind: for the courts of the house of the Lord, all the surrounding chambers, the treasuries of the house of God, and the treasuries for dedicated gifts; 13for the divisions of the priests and of the Levites, and all the work of the service in the house of the Lord; for all the vessels for the service in the house of the Lord, 14the weight of gold for all golden vessels for each service, the weight of silver vessels for each service, 15the weight of the golden lampstands and their lamps, the weight of gold for each lampstand and its lamps, the weight of silver for a lampstand and its lamps, according to the use of each in the service, 16the weight of gold for each table for the rows of bread, the silver for the silver tables, 17and pure gold for the forks, the basins, and the cups; for the golden bowls and the weight of each; for the silver bowls and the weight of each; 18for the altar of incense made of refined gold, and its weight; also his plan for the golden chariot of the cherubim that spread their wings and covered the ark of the covenant of the Lord.
19"All this, in writing at the Lord's direction, he made clear to me--the plan of all the works." (1 Chronicles 28:1-19)
To build a house, you need a vision of what it will look like and a plan to get it done. David had a vision and a dream to build God's house. While God's plan was for Solomon to build the temple, it is interesting that it is David who has the vision for it. To move the church forward, there needs to be a vision--a picture of what the destination looks like.
As a group:
1. Read the passage aloud.
2. How did David get the vision for the temple?
3. How did David communicate the vision?
Reflect individually or in small groups:
1. Does your church have a clear vision?
2. How was that vision decided upon? Is it clear that it came from God?
3. Has that vision been effectively communicated to the whole church?
As a group you might decide to begin a visioning process for your church or strategize ways to effectively communicate the vision. For additional help and/or resources, you can contact the RCA--there is contact information at bottom of each page on the Consistory Center website.
Pray together, as a whole consistory. Sample prayer:
Lord, you knew exactly what the temple was to look like. You knew who should build it. You also know what you want for your church. Help us to see the potential that you see in (your church name). Help us have a vision of what you can do through us as we follow Christ in mission. Amen.