The Prophet Said YES, But God Said NO !

2Sa 7:3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the LORD is with thee.

2Sa 7:4 And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying,

2Sa 7:5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?

2Sa 7:6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.

To understand why the Prophet Nathan would have said, " do all that is in your heart", is due to he saw all of King Davids mighty victories, he saw the lord blessed all he touched and so he assumed," Hay David is the man of God, if he feels this is what he should do, certainly the lord would be with him, and bless him". Assumptions, even well meaning ones, they can be wrong.

What better thing than to build a house for the lord, the ark, his presence. Like today things we think may seem good, rational, even have a few bible verses to back it up, but this does not mean we are to do that thing. We must go to prayer, wait on the lord, until we get that word from the throne.

Do not think the Prophet, any true Prophet is anyone’s Yes man, Nathan was the same one who came in and boldly declared King Davids sin of Bathsheba, and being a Murderer. A true prophet, watchman, Christian, must be bold in truth, and honest no matter what it costs.

JFB brings this point out well;

2 Samuel 7:3

Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart — The piety of the design commended it to the prophet’s mind, and he gave his hasty approval and encouragement to the royal plans. The prophets, when following the impulse of their own feelings, or forming conjectural opinions, fell into frequent mistakes.

This was not the only time we read of a Prophet in haste saying something according to their feelings. Feelings are very deceptive, assumptions are bad, haste is not good. We must all learn to have urgency , but to learn to wait on the lord, tarry until the answer comes.

1Sa 16:6 And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD'S anointed is before him.

1Sa 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

FYI, this Prophets words just also happen to pertain to David, but he did not yet know it. The Prophet looked on the outward appearance of Davids Brother, tall, handsome, strong, but he was not the one, a little Shepard boy was the one. The lord still calls those things that are not as if they were. We are all guilty of looking at something with our flesh eyes, and saying, this must be the perfect will of the lord, no doubt at all, this has to be it. The lord may have something to say about it, so let us always look to him, so we do not make bad decisions and wrong moves, or speak in haste.

2Ki 4:27 And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me.

This verse is talking about the Prophet Elisha, talk about a mighty prophet, but this thing was hid from him, he wanted the poor women to be left alone as he saw she was in great sorrow, but it was much more than that. The lord did not tell the Prophet the facts. This is the time when we say, OK, no false Prophets, no false predictions, as in the O.T. a true prophet could not have a prophecy fall to the ground, or he was stoned. Thank the lord for N.T. grace, and the different operations of the N.T. Prophets.

In our text another thing stands out loud and clear, it is off topic, but It must be touched on.

2Sa 7:6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.

This clearly shows us, the creator of all needs nothing from man. He does not need a fancy building, no huge programs, no mega Church, no small Church, the Christians are the Church, the place you meet, is just a roof, no more, no less. The lord dwells in us, we are His Holy Temple, not a building, not all the big screen , show stopper programs, the lord does not need a new steeple, he only wants, seeks for open hearts, obedient faith, obedience to him and his word. This is the mega Church the lord dwells in, the holy remnant bride scattered all over the world. People, not buildings.

It is very easy to let the flesh do odd things, think odd things, try odd things, that seem 100% in line with the word. I have faced this many, many times in all my years of Ministry. It is nothing new, we all want to do something great for the lord, for others, that is a good desire, the lord is pleased with such thoughts, but that does not mean the lord wants you to do that thing, it may lead you down the wrong road in the long run.

Wait upon the lord, be still and know he is God, but also be diligent to come to the prayer closet, shut in with the lord, if there has ever been a time to do so, it is now. The lord has a direct word for you. You do not need a minister, a mortal go between, no Prophet to intercede for you, no in the N.T. that all changed, all you need is the blood, and you have your full access pass into the holy of holies. Let us today use that all day free pass, and come in and fellowship, seek the lords will, his perfect will, and ask that we be kept still until we know the lord has spoken, when he does, you will not have to second guess it as you do the flesh, it will be confirmed, the inner witness will be in you, the peace will surround you and you will know without a doubt, truly this is the will of the lord.