On a scale of 1-10 I rank todays read a 12. I found it glorifying, sad, historical, entertaining, and God centered. Click here for the reading. Read it carefully…there is a lot of Detail. I know the day is half over I am sorry for my tardiness…I got wrapped up in some projects today.
OK, here is the deal, some of the chapters we may never read again in our lifetime. We may never study them or feel led to read them again. Just in case that is true, I tried to really concentrate on these. I also try to make notes in my Bible knowing I will forget! This is what I think of…I want my kids to be able to pick up my Bible and learn from my notes after I am no longer here. Here were some of my notes from Chapter 26 and 27:
- 26:1 Korahites…Moses Family
- 25:4-5 Obed-Edom. Sound familiar? Go back to 2Sam 6. When Uzzah dies fixing the stumbling Ark and David didn’t know what to do so he parked the Ark at someone’s house for 3 months. Guess who’s house…Obed-Edom…that is why he was blessed.
- 26:18: Korah and Merari
- 26:32 Did any one else read this and say “Hey…the Transjordan tribe!”
- Army Divisions: The names were not that familiar but the cross reference was redundant, so I looked it up. Some of them are the Mighty Men we read about in Chap 23
- 27:15 Was that Othniel the Judge?
- 27:23…When David took the census out of Pride….
- 27:33…I am sure you recognized the names from the time of Absalom, but Chronicles is about the heritage of God’s Chosen People, not about all that “lesson”, so it left all that Joab stuff out.
- 26:10-11 cross reference Duet 21:15
The rest of this book really grabbed my heart. This is the “take away” for me. Every fiber of David’s being is to Worship the Lord. With his heart, soul, and mind. He states that everything that has been given to him is from the Lord. Everything. He is a leader by example (now there is a modern day question). He is so obedient! All those Psalms are just falling into place for me. He never once gave up on the Lord. His enemies were out to kill him, some of them were his closest friends and he took refuge knowing in the end, the big picture God always prevails. Well look at him here. The Lord gives him the exact plans for the temple, just as Moses was for the tabernacle (Exodus 25).
So God chose Solomon. This inexperienced man to be the next king and the builder of the Temple. David gives Solomon Godly advice (28:9..) and we are all the audience on that.
- Get to know God personally
- Learn what God asks of us
- Worship God wholeheartedly
- Serve God willingly and honestly
- Be faithful
- Don’t become discouraged
David’s Prayer. No words can describe this prayer and the paragraph to follow it.
Psalm 127: A Psalm written by Solomon. I actually didn’t know that Solomon wrote a Psalm. And I loved it. Imagine Life without God? Seriously. I used to think it was scary to give God control of my life. I admit it, I did. Now I think, imagine if God wasn’t? I didn’t realize the Peace I had, the comfort He gave me until I though about Him not there.
Click here. If you choose to skim the names (huh, not you! Stop and read the paragraphs…they are good)
This may not have fascinated you but wasn’t it cool to see what David has done. He has brought it back like the days of Moses. A nation that is organized, sacrificing, worshipping, and united.
There are 24 Divisions for service in the Sanctuary. All the names mentioned can be traced back to the original High Priest, Aaron (Moses brother). The Ark is in it’s permanent city so there is no need to carry the tabernacle anymore so the duties are regarding maintaining and worshipping it in Jerusalem.
The duty of the Levites was to help Aaron’s descendants in the service of the temple of the Lord: to be in charge of the courtyards, the side rooms, the purification of all sacred things and the performance of other duties at the house of God. (23:28)
We are getting ready for the TEMPLE. This is what you are reading today. Very cool history.
You may have recognized some of the names of the Levites and also some of the names of the prophets. I love how Chapter 25 talked about the authors of the Psalms as Prophets.
One ironic little bit was this line of Levites was the very same line of priests that actually orchestrated the crucifixion of Christ. Very Sad.
By the way it’s my birthday! 🙂
Day 143! And WOW what a read. One of the best things I think we did in this reading was to read Job first (does our brain go back that far) Why? Because we always need to remember that Satan is real and that he is very much at work in our lives. If we believe in God, we must believe in Satan. The Chronicler inserted that Satan is a huge part of this story.
Remember this chapter falls somewhere in the middle of David’s life. Chronologically. What did David do that was so wrong? Well, speculating it might have been taking the census (prompted by Satan) was David’s way of sizing up his power for battle. When we are in a battle all we need is the Lord. After all the Lord has done, David has forgotten. (ahhhhem, sorry, something stuck in my throat). Maybe he was counting his men pridefully, to see how many he had? Not sure but the Lord knows the reason.
If you are wondering why David was called “a man after God’s own heart” it is because when he sins (we ALL do) he recognizes it, confesses it and repents from it immediately. A huge thing to think about this weekend is how do we handle our sin? Brush it under the carpet, say “well no one is perfect”, continue it, or do you do what I do..rationalize it?
So God gave David 3 choices. 2 of them were at the hands of men, 1 was at the hands of the Lord. God may be more powerful, but God is just and right and loving. We need to get our stuff right with God and say “deal with me ever so severely”..before people deal with it. So confess it and agree with God that what we did was wrong. And then TURN away form it. David chose to be at the hands of the Lord.
This Threshing floor. Oh I wish I could see it. Touch it. Lay down on it. This spot on this earth is so Holy. This is where an Angel stood, where Abraham brought Isaac, an Alter was made to the Lord and then where the Temple was built.
P.S. Don’t forget the Psalm.
That’s right….another book to check off our list “complete” (if you have a brain like me)
Well, I really don’t know where to begin. It’s mother’s day, so I opened the Bible hoping for a Proverbs 31 moment and instead we have this MAJOR story that will forever change World History. So much! I know something in this story caught your eye, I would love for you to comment and then read the blog. (You know that section on the blog that could let me know SOMEONE is out there!) I will put my two major Aha moments in comments right after I post this.
Ok, let’s break this down a little at a time. Kings went off to war, why had David not gone? Now that he was this fancy king did he feel above his people? Anyway, Joab went instead? Do you remember Abner? Joab revenged him back in 2 Sam 4, which was a direct disobedience to the Lord and David should have handled that. But David obviously was becoming desensitized to sin. (That will happen to us, when we are around it often).
The first thing I noticed was that David was bored. Nothing good comes from being bored! Think about what we do when we are bored…people drink, eat, watch stuff, gossip, meddle, inquire…If we keep busy doing the Lord’s work “thy will be done” we would be busy all the time. Anyway, David then Inquires (step 2 down the slippery slope of Sin) and you know the rest of the story. The reason they told you she had purified herself from uncleanliness was because she had finished her period, so that we would know that she was not pregnant prior to this affair.
A quote in James sums up this whole scenario
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. (James 1:13)
Even though David had taken 1 bad step into sin, unfortunately the more he tried to cover it the more he was sinning. And then the consequences were big: verse 10 “Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house” and as we read this week, we will see the horrible events that will follow. TO THIS DAY there is NO PEACE for Israel. God said never…so guess what? If you ever said you want “world peace” guess what…NEVER gonna happen! (Till He returns of course)
Out of this unfortunate story we do however see some gold. David had confessed and repented in verse 13. And the Lord forgave him immediately!! Just because we are forgiven does not mean the consequences of our actions are going to disappear though. Tomorrows Psalms were written at this moment in David’s life, if you want to feel the heart of what David was going through, read tomorrows’ Psalms right now. You can hear the actual prayers of his repentance to the Lord. And through this calamity you will also feel his Love for the Lord as He lifts this guilt from him.
Chronicles 20. Interesting how the Chronicler left out the part about David and Bathsheba, isn’t it? Recall the purpose of the book of Chronicles: it is the History of the Israel nation. God’s purpose for His people. Chronicles is about True Kingship and Worship of the Lord.
We have been is Psalms a lot so lets shake the cobwebs out and see who is fighting here. The Ammonites. DO you remember the name Ammon?
So both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father. The older daughter had a son, and she named him Moab ; he is the father of the Moabites of today. The younger daughter also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ammi; he is the father of the Ammonites of today. (Gen 19: 36-38) Click here for the whole story.
So Moab and Ammon (Moabites and the Ammonites) two strong nations and obviously allies, if they are brothers. David is victorious over all!
(No blog yesterday means I have a lot to say today!). Let’s start with beards and buttocks!
- Shaving an Israelites beard was awful! First, it was part of the law but it was also a sign of maturity and a big part of their culture. (For deeply rooted Jews today it still is)
- Exposing their buttocks! My, how humiliating is that. Hanun was quick to anger and made assumptions! I think had Hanun read the book of James maybe the outcome would have been different. LOL.
“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. (James 1:19)
Joab, by the way, is David’s nephew and his name means “Jehovah is Father”. But I like Joab for more than his name, He is a Trusting man in the Lord. Him and David prepare for battle and say “Be strong and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The LORD will do what is good in his sight.”
DO you have a Joab in your life? Someone who will come to battle with you? Someone who trusts in the Lord so much that whatever the outcome is…He/She will know it to be right?
If one falls down,
his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (Ecc 4:10-12)
The Victory Psalm 20, by David, sounded like it was said BEFORE Battle.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm.
Hmmmm. I need to take stock in how I praise and Trust the Lord Before the battle in my life, not just after.
For some who jumped it all these names and people might be overwhelming. Well for even the ones who have read the whole time it might be overwhelming. I actually need the 1 Chronicles repeat to make sure it all sinks in. David is taking the role of King and he is conquering the land that was given to the Israelites. (the Promise Land)
David’s victories were big deals. First, I was surprised he killed the Moabites. I know God called judgement on them but being who his great-grandmother was (Ruth, the Moabite), it just surprised me…that’s all. But conquering Moab was quite the feat, they were ridiculously strong in military, they always have been (they began from the line of Lot and his daughter…yuck) The Edomites, another name we hear all the time, coming from the line of Esau (Jacob’s brother).
The details in the geography in these chapters is important because it fulfils God’s covenant with Abraham in Genesis. Then there is the story of Jonathan’s son (Saul’s grandson). Go to 2 Sam 4:4 if you need a reminder of how he became crippled. This is a very beautiful story.
Later when we read about David messing up (a lot) BUT you hear from the pulpit at church…He is a man after God’s own heart and you get confused think about moments like this. David’s CHARACTER.
Being that it is May 7th, lots of 7′s today (Day 127 and we read 7 and 17). Click here for reading. (God’s perfect number is 7) Gonna be a good one.
This such an important chapter! This is the Chapter that promises us that the Messiah will come from the Dynasty of David. When Mary was told she would give birth to a son as a virgin the angels said
“Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
Mary was educated on the scriptures so on that phrase she knew that this baby was the promised Messiah.
This covenant will make us pay attention to the Line of Judah (David’s Tribe) from here….through the prophets…through the captivity….the remnant…..to Mary….all the way to the Tribulation and finally to the New Heaven!
“Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Rev 5:5
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” Rev 22:16
And Chronicles 17 gives a beautiful portrait of God. He does not want a house or temple built for Him, he is very content where He is. Yet, He will build us a Temple, a temple that will last forever, Jesus.
“‘The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men. But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.’ 2 Sam 7:11-16
Remember what is the key word: Covenant! God’s long term purpose of redemption is evident here in what is called the Davidic Covenant. God promises David an eternal kingdom, throne, and seed. There are 9 different dynasties in Northern Israel, there is one dynasty in Judah-the line of David. The promise of a permanent dynasty IS fulfilled in Christ, “the Son of David”. prophesied in Isaiah 9:7 and told in Luke 1:32.
For you beautiful musically inclined Psalmist. When you read them you exalt the Lord in every word. You lift it high. I get that because when I am a Chronicler at heart, and when I read today, and read David’s prayer…well that is my Psalm…I read it in my head like I am reading it for 800 people to hear.
Some of you are jumping in and you may be a little confused as to why we are reading the same thing….twice. It’s actually quite amazing.
2 Samuel was written right after David’s reign. Around the year 930 BC. It is a historical book. It’s purpose is to record historical events, and to speak to all of us about how living for the Lord can make a difference. We will see in this book what God desires of us and what He does not.
1 Chronicles was written by Ezra 500 years later! Around 430 BC. Ezra was like a librarian. He compiled facts and documents. His purpose was to show God’s promised Covenant through the Hebrew nation. (He will bring forth a Messiah through the Hebrew nation) That is why you see a lot of genealogy. It’s purpose is to show unity of the people for the purpose of God and His Glory.
If you think it is BORING to read the same thing twice. THING AGAIN. How do we know GOD WROTE THE BIBLE through the hand of man? Well, one way is this. 500 years apart…2 different authoes….they never met, and they wrote practically the SAME thing word for word. 3 words A…MAZE….ING.
Each book is the same yet different according to what God wanted us to read. So take your time and absorb it.
Bye. I love you. It’s Friday. Amen! I owe, I owe it’s off to work I go.
Click here for reading Yes I set an alarm today. I have to be at work at 6:45 and school starts at 7:00 so that is why you often see posts early. Plus I know that Ginger reads it EVERY morning so I try not too skip.
So it starts off with a reading many of us might have heard before. Uzzah dying for keeping the ark from falling. (what’s wrong with dat? Wuz just trying to help!….)
Let’s break this down like a CSI crime scene on TV. Look at some of these versus:
- He and all the men…
- Set the ark on a new cart
- Uzzah and Ahio guided the cart
- Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark
- Let US bring the ark….
- …because it seemed right to all the people
- David assembled the people from Shihor River….to bring the ark
- they moved the ark from Abinadab’s house on a new cart
- Uzzah and Ahio are guiding it
- Was God consulted?
- Why was an ox carrying the ark while they celebrated?
- Where are the Levites to transport it? (as the Law required)
God repeated the Law to us over and over and over in Numbers to us. We know, we read it (maybe a little skim in there)! and there were paragraphs on:
- how to make it and
- transport it and
- when it would be carried and
- HOW it would be carried.
Where was the preparation to do such a task? Listen, there are like 500 life lessons one can take from Uzzah’s moment, or should I say David’s moment! David should have known better than to let all of this happen. But for me today, I see we live in a very liberal society that does not know what God wants for us. Or how Big and Awesome God is. We think if it’s not hurting anyone, then what is wrong with it.…God wants us to be happy right? We will be happy ABUNDANTLY if we follow His ways…no need to be changing them at all! Also, just because we think we are doing right, did we even consult God on it? (ouch right!)
If we are in His Book, and in Prayer, and then we sit still long enough to hear him answer He will lead us. Jesus didn’t say, bring me with you and follow these 2 people, he said FOLLOW ME!
When reading the Chronicles, I really enjoy the detail that God had the author pen. When it was time to properly move the Ark I loved reading how reverent they were this time. The consecration and offering before a godly task. Then the task was given 150%, following exactly as God had instructed, and then after the task, the praise and worship all to God’s glory with that beautiful Psalm. It didn’t surprise me that Asaph was on hand for that one, since I truly enjoyed his Psalms this week. It’s like listening to your favorite artist, a new song could be on the radio and you recognize their work immediately.
That’s right. 10 versus in 2 Sam 5 and then 2 chapters in 1 Chronicles. Click here for reading
One of the last things I remembered about the book of Judges was the fighting amongst the tribes. I could not believe the 12 tribes that wandered for 40 years together were now in the promise land, fighting each other. But in God’s timing, David brings the tribes back together under David.
The first part of David’s kingship his capital was Hebron, but God was to give him Jerusalem as his new capital. (Isn’t it so stinking cool to see HOW all this History unfolds so that when our kids say why are they fighting over Jerusalem…we can say BECAUSE IT IS HOLY AND CHOSEN) Jerusalem was occupied by the Jebusites. You may have recognized that name: Jebusites were first mentioned in Genesis 10:16 as a descendant of the Hammites. At the time, we probably glazed over that name (go peek in your bible and see) but we now are reading about them. You may recall that Noah cursed the line of Ham after the “naked drunk” incident at the end of Genies 9, and so his line became a people that God would need to be judged. The next time in the bible we hear of them is during the Covenant with Abraham from God in Genesis chapter 15
On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates- the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”
SO the Jebusites were people that should have been killed when taking the land years ago. They now occupy the great city of Jerusalem. Taking Jerusalem was for political and military purpose. The city at this point was neutral and it had a great location. It was in the center of all the tribes and it was high on the hill (if you read the NT you know this because Jesus refers to it as The City on the Hill) , making it difficult to attack. But as we see in Chronicles, great warriors from all the tribes, describes in Chapter 12 “like an army of God“, especially the Benjaminites (Saul’s men) came together under David.
David then took up residence in the fortress and called it the City of David. He built up the area around it, from the supporting terraces inward. And he became more and more powerful, because the LORD God Almighty was with him. (2 Samuel 5:9,10)
Please note that we know the division is coming…but as of right now look at the unity. Chapter 12 verse 23…DO you recognize the names: Judah, Simeon, Levi….to Asher. These are the 12 tribes. WOW. We are exactly 1000 BC. They will remain united for another 70 years…and then divided.