Text: 2 Samuel 7:1-16
Our lectionary passage today comes toward the end of a long, convoluted story. The author of the story is known as the Deuteronomist whose writing covers about 400 years of Israelite history and includes the books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings. The Deuteronomist weaves together stories of disparate family relationships, the rise and fall of archetypal heroes, intergenerational warfare, and epic power struggles. If written in modern times, the work of the Deuteronomist might be seen as something like James Michener’s Hawaii or Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
David wants to build a house for God, but God is having none of it. Instead, God says, “Aren’t I the God who went down to Egypt when your ancestors were slaves? Didn’t I travel over the deserts and the mountains with your fathers and mothers as they walked through the wilderness? I’ve been on the move as long as your people have been on the move. Have I ever asked anyone to build me a house?”