1 Chronicles 29:16-17 I Got It From God

Episode #22

One of my summer jobs in high school was driving a wheat truck. I worked for a custom farmer by the name of Turk Ely. Custom meant that he farmed his own land and then hired out to harvest the wheat fields of dozens of other farmers. It meant Turk had the finest equipment. It also meant that our wheat harvest extended weeks longer than many of the other crews.

During harvest I was assigned my own truck. It was mine to keep filled with fuel, oiled, cleaned and lubed and in proper running order. I kept my own things in it. I claimed it as my own throughout the harvest season. It was mine. Even Turk would refer to it as my truck.

Day by day, many times a day, I would position my empty truck where needed and the combines would fill my truck with precious wheat. I would then drive that wheat to an elevator where each load was tested, weighed, dumped and recorded in the name of the owner of that field.

Wait! What! Not in my name?

 

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Preparing Our Children

Episode #20

David enjoyed the great blessing of knowing the plan of God for his son, Solomon. It would be his place to build the house of God. David then had the abundant joy of preparing his son for the Call of God in his life. Every parent too has that same blessing; that of raising up and preparing his children for their place in the house of God, which is a local church.

 

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1 Chronicles 29:16-17 Deliver to God What is God’s

1 Chronicles 29:16-17 (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.
I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee.

One of my summer jobs in high school was driving a wheat truck. I worked for a custom farmer by the name of Turk Ely. Custom meant that he farmed his own land and then hired out to harvest the wheat fields of dozens of other farmers. It meant Turk had the finest equipment. It also meant that our wheat harvest extended weeks longer than many of the other crews.

During harvest I was assigned my own truck. It was mine to keep filled with fuel, oiled, cleaned and lubed and in proper running order. I kept my own things in it. I claimed it as my own throughout the harvest season. Even Turk would refer to it as my truck. It was mine.

Day by day, many times a day, I would position my empty truck where needed and the combines would fill my truck with precious wheat. I would then drive that wheat to an elevator where each load was tested, weighed, dumped and recorded in the name of the owner of that field.

Wait! What! Not in my name?

  • It had been put in my truck
  • It had been delivered by my hard work and long hours

But it wasn’t mine. I was only the steward of that wheat. It was given to me for one purpose alone; that I would faithfully deliver it to the elevator and record it in the name of the owner.

And my truck? Come the end of the season I parked it in one of Turk’s barns. It too was only mine to steward for a time.

This is exactly how David viewed all that was his. It wasn’t his at all. It belonged to God. What he gave to God was God’s in the first place. Like my giving the truck back at the end of harvest, an act I did cheerfully because I knew all along it was really Turk’s, David gave abundantly and cheerfully to God because he always knew what he had was God’s.

At the end of harvest Turk rewarded me with a handsome paycheck. It was mine for using his equipment to do his work and deliver his wheat into his barns.

What rewards await the Christians who have faithfully used what is God’s to deliver to God what is God’s!

 

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1 Chronicles 29:16-17 Deliver to God What is God’s

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1 Chronicles 22:5 How David Prepared His Son for Life

1 Chronicles 22:5 (KJV)
And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be builded for the LORD must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore now make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his death.

David enjoyed the great blessing of knowing the plan of God for his son, Solomon. It would be his place to build the house of God. David then had the abundant joy of preparing his son for the Call of God in his life. Every parent too has that same blessing; that of raising up and preparing his children for their place in the house of God, which is a local church.

Notice:
David prepared people
He gathered together people and trained them to be masons and carpenters to build the house. A wise parent will gather around his children mentors and examples for spiritual growth.

David prepared materials
Iron for nails, brass and lumber were all set aside for this building. I doubt the spiritual application would be akin to leaving our children an inheritance. It seems best to me to see this as providing our children with the building blocks or a solid faith; doctrine. It can be challenging, even daunting, to train our kids in what the Bible teaches as truth. They have access to so much that is not truth and we might be weak in our own grasp of some doctrines. Do not shirk from this. Learn that you might teach.

David prepared Solomon
A wise parent teaches his children of the will of God for their lives. We may not know all the specifics of God’s will for our children but we can certainly know he wills them to be saved and to be faithful to serve Him in a doctrinally sound local church.

David prepared the princes
I imagine these to be his brothers. But I also assume it to be others of higher rank. I might liken them to Solomon’s friends. A wise parent helps his children choose friendships that build his walk with God instead of challenging it.

David was a man of God by all standards. But he was just one man. His duty was to accomplish more than his own walk and service to God. He was to prepare his children to have the same.

 

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1 Chronicles 22:5 How David Prepared His Son for Life

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1 Chronicles 21:18 In Judgment We Find Grace

1 Chronicles 21:18 (KJV)
Then the angel of the LORD commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go up, and set up an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.

In judgment we find grace.

David’s sin was to be judged of God. All sin is.

  • Some more quickly than others.
  • Some more obviously than others.
  • Some more harshly than others.

David, in this case, was offered three choices;

  • Three years famine
  • Three months oppression by an enemy or
  • Three days of God’s sword

David chose the three days, not because it was the shortest span but because he hoped in the mercy of God. Seventy thousand men fell because of this sin. But then God did a remarkable thing. He stopped his sword in the place He would choose His temple to be built. God gave more than mercy. He gave grace.

In salvation God gives more than mercy. He does more than stop His judgment for our sin.

  • He makes us joint heirs with His Son
  • He give the Holy Spirit to guide us in Biblical understanding and
  • He fits us to a church, an house of God to give worship and companionship.

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1 Chronicles 21:18 In Judgment We Find Grace

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1 Chronicles 17:23-24 Things of Lasting Worth

1 Chronicles 17:23-24 (KJV)
Therefore now, LORD, let the thing that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and concerning his house be established for ever, and do as thou hast said.
Let it even be established, that thy name may be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel: and let the house of David thy servant be established before thee.

It’s impressive how things turn around in this chapter. We begin with David having a heart to build God a house. We end with God promising to build David a house.

Once the prophet has finished the Word of God, David began to pray. What I notice is that he simply prayed that the thing God had spoken would be done. While David would set aside materials for Solomon’s use in building the future temple, David did not pray about that. He prayed that God would do what was in God’s heart and not that God would do what was on David’s heart.

Though the promise of God was unquestionably a blessing to the family of David, his concern was that God’s name be magnified. God’s name is magnified, not by what we accomplish for Him but by what He accomplishes in us. Solomon’s temple, for all its splendor, would crumble. But what God did through the house of David, in giving us a Saviour, is an eternal splendor.

We ought to have a heart to serve God and to fulfill that service. But our prayers should focus on the promises of God in His Word. These are the things of lasting worth.

 

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1 Chronicles 17:23-24 Things of Lasting Worth

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1 Chronicles 15:1-3 Giving God’s House Its Place

1 Chronicles 15:1-3 (KJV)
And David made him houses in the city of David, and prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched for it a tent.
Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them hath the LORD chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him for ever.
And David gathered all Israel together to Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the LORD unto his place, which he had prepared for it.

There is in the life of Israel an almost constant effort to restore what was lost when the sons of Eli took the ark into battle with the Philistines.

-Israel ignored the ark during the reign of Saul.

-David at first caused a breach by attempting the ark’s return in a manner not Biblical.

-It was at first returned into a tent David had prepared (as opposed to that one God had given Moses a pattern for).

-David desires to build God a house but was forbidden.
He was instead permitted to lay aside the materials Solomon would use to build it

-Solomon’s temple would be in various stages of repair or disrepair for the next many centuries.
That the people had no true heart for God is evident by the fact that they served God when they had a good king but did not when their king was ungodly. A heart for God will be faithful to God’s house regardless the leader.

-That temple would be destroyed by the Babylonians.

-Israel, under Zurubbabel, would build another, less glorious temple

-A new temple would be built by a heathen.
Not that he was a believer, but to pacify the people.

-The Romans would tear down this temple.

-But Jesus Christ had already established a new house for His people in the local church.

We will find, in our own worship, a constant struggle to give the house of God its rightful place. Perhaps you:

  • Can recall a time when you did not seek the Lord
  • Experienced a period where you sought the Lord but not according to Scripture
  • Tried to build your own sort of walk with God
  • Lived through various stages of zeal versus apathy toward church
  • Witnessed the enemy attempt to tear down God’s church
  • Toyed with so called churches that were not ordained of God

Jesus Christ said He would build His church and the gates of hell would not prevail against it. Find a doctrinally solid Baptist church and become dedicated to it. That is God’s place for His people in this era.

 

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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 11:6 Who Will Do This?

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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 3:1 Children Should Be

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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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