God Moved In
King David misunderstands the heart of God in 2 Samuel 7.
One day while touring his own home, David thinks it is not right for the Ark of God to live in a tent while he himself resides in a temple.Therefore, David makes plans to construct a house for God to live.
Immediately, God rebukes David through Nathan by saying,
“Would you build a house for Me to dwell in? 6 For I have not dwelt in a house since the time that I brought the children of Israel up from Egypt, even to this day, but have moved about in a tent and in a tabernacle. 7 Wherever I have moved about with all the children of Israel, have I ever spoken a word to anyone from the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’”’
First, God’s response tells us that He is humble. Second, his response teaches that all God really wants is to live with His people where they are.
The apostle John affirms this in John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” In other words, Jesus pitched a tent with us or in our modern day vernacular, “God moved into the neighborhood.”