1 Chronicles 11:6 Who Will Do This?

1 Chronicles 11:6 (KJV)
And David said, Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain. So Joab the son of Zeruiah went first up, and was chief.

These days I tend to side with David on just about everything. He was not a perfect man and God plainly gives to us an account of his worst failures. But many of those things David is often criticized for have no basis in Biblical fact. The Bible does not call David a poor father. The Bible does not fault David for his faithfulness to Saul, etc. I believe we would be wisest to do the same.

That said, there is something in this passage I think a person can learn from. David’s open offer to give the top spot in the army to the one who first took Jerusalem left him vulnerable to whoever got the job done. Joab won the prize and David honored his promise for the rest of his life. But it cost him dearly. Joab’s skills in leadership and combat served David well. But his lack of true submission brought:

  • Pain to David’s family,
  • Risk to David’s throne and eventually
  • Death to Joab personally

It would surely have been better to promote a man of his own choosing to do the job.

 

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1 Chronicles 3:1 Children Should Be

1 Chronicles 3:1 (KJV)
Now these were the sons of David, which were born unto him in Hebron; the firstborn Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; the second Daniel, of Abigail the Carmelitess:

We have such hopes for our children when they are born. (Or perhaps some have no hopes but only think of themselves in the moment). I doubt many parents look at that sweet baby and contemplate the difficulties that child is almost surely to experience.

Job 14:1
Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.

Just these two verses listing only part of David’s children includes:

A rapist
Amnon forced his half sister and was then murdered by his half brother Absalom.

A rebel
After murdering Amnon for forcing his sister, Absalom grew bitter toward his father and eventually led a rebellion against him. Absalom was killed in a pathetic manner, hanging by his hair in a tree and slain, against his father’s pleading by Joab.

A renegade
Adonijah has never been refused anything so, when his father was near to death, without asking, he presumed to set himself as king. God and David had different plans. Solomon was crowned and when Adonijah contrived a plot to steal the crown from him Solomon, his brother, ordered his execution.

The greatest joy I have had in this life has been raising my children. They continue to this day to bless the soul of their mom and me. But it doesn’t happen by accident and we can’t guarantee them a pain free life (nor have they experienced one.) Children should be:

  • Conceived in a loving home
  • Nurtured in a Christian environment and
  • Taught to give God their victories and their defeats

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1 Chronicles 29:16 His All Along

1 Chronicles 29:16 (KJV)
O LORD our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own.

It had come to David’s heart to build a house for God. When God spoke and told him that he wasn’t to build it but his son, who would sit on the throne after him, David took it upon himself to make preparations for his son.

  • David had given personally
  • David had contracted with other countries to lay in store materials and
  • David had inspired his fellow countrymen to give

But when he looked at all they had stockpiled for the construction David said that all of it had been God’s all along.

God has graciously given us opportunity to participate in His work, first by faithfully tithing and then by giving above that to the things of God. In order to accommodate those gifts,

  • We have Faith Promise giving conferences
  • We have special speakers of one sort and another
  • We set up designated accounts and
  • We publish charts and graphs with the results

The resources come from our wallets and banks accounts. We have earned them by our labor and work. But the healthy, holy and proper way to view every one of those gifts is that they come of God’s hand and have always been His own.

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1 Chronicles 28:5 Children Given of God

1 Chronicles 28:5 (KJV)
And of all my sons, (for the LORD hath given me many sons,) he hath chosen Solomon my son to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of the LORD over Israel.

David had a challenged family situation. Having many wives, he had sons and daughters aplenty. These children were unruly, had little regard for one another. They were:

  • Immoral
  • Rebellious
  • Treacherous and
  • Murderous

Yet David’s testimony is that the Lord had given him every one of them.

We might perform as better parents if we viewed every one of our children as being a gift from God.

My concern in this writing has to with the modern practice of aborting children who, for whatever reason, are unwanted:

  • Perhaps it was conceived in promiscuity
  • Perhaps the young mother and father see the baby as hindering their opportunities for life in the future

Very common among arguments in favor of abortion is that the baby may be terminated if it was conceived from a rape or other wicked act. Another permissible abortion scenario (of course the most modern view is that abortion is permissible for any reason and at any time the mother may choose) is if the baby will be born handicapped. My point is that David viewed all of his children as being given by God.

So should we.

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