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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1 Chronicles 21:1 (KJV) Satan’s Devices

1 Chronicles 21:1 (KJV)
And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.

Though he has certainly been present many times previous to this, we have here the first instance of the name Satan. First mentions are always important in the Bible and we should see this as an important account.

Satan’ attack is against Israel
He did not specifically attack any one man. He attacked a nation of people.

These were the Jews. Satan’s ought against them is unique because Israel’s relationship with God is unique. Satan cannot predict the future but he is intelligent and surely knew by now that the Messiah would be from Israel.

I imagine that Satan still attacks whole nations of people more aggressively than he does individuals.

Satan’s attack was through David
His target was Israel but by tempting David he hit the nation. One of the reasons we ought to pray for those in authority is that Satan Will mostly likely hurt a whole people by hurting her leadership.

Satan’s attack was quite subtle
One would be hard pressed to find a terrible sin here. All David did was number his army. Though there must have been something more here because Joab knew it shouldn’t have been done, still this is not one of those heinous and obviously horrible sins.

The most terrible sins may be the ones we don’t think are so bad. We think they are acceptable so we excuse them. There is no such thing as an acceptable sin.

Satan’s temptation was through David’s pride
At least this is the most common understanding. The three things in the world are the lust of the flesh the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. Pride was the sin that led to Lucifer’s fall. Pride prevents God’s grace being upon us.

Satan’s first mention is not as dramatic as a person might think. No one was demon possessed, no one was murdered but a tragedy happened nonetheless.

Don’t allow a seemingly small sin be the destroying sin in your life.

 

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1 Chronicles 19:13 (KJV) What a Man Can Do

1 Chronicles 19:13 (KJV)
Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in his sight.

I remember speaking with a young college student at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College about discerning God’s will. He was struggling over what was God’s will in a particular area of his life. My counsel was this; the definition of a man is one who, to the best of his knowledge, steps out to please God and then lives with his decision. This does not mean that he can never correct his course or change his mind about a certain thing but it does mean that he owns up to the consequences, good and bad, for his decisions.

This is the general thrust of Joab’s counsel in this passage. A man may not always know how things will end. All he can do is:

  • Make his best decision
  • Play his part well and
  • Leave the results in the hands of the Lord

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1 Chronicles 17:24 (KJV) God is Even…

1 Chronicles 17:24 (KJV)
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.

The distinction between the Lord of hosts being “the God of Israel” and “a God to Israel” is worthy of consideration.

The God of Israel
This is a fact but wouldn’t have to be much more than a mascot type relationship. Israel identified with the Lord of hosts. He was there God as opposed to, say Ra in Egypt or Molech or another of the gods made in the imaginations of men. Israel’s identification with the Lord of hosts is on target. David said He is more than that.

A God to Israel
This goes beyond identification to action. In the one case we could say that Israel identified with the Lord of hosts. In this case we can say that the Lord of hosts identified with Israel. In the one case we have David’s desire to do something for the Lord of hosts. In this case we have the Lord of hosts designing to do something for the family of David.

It’s one thing to claim Christ. It is quite another to be claimed by Christ.

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1 Chronicles 15:13 (KJV) We Have to Do Things Right

1 Chronicles 15:13 (KJV)
For because ye did it not at the first, the LORD our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order.

There are three characters at play in this passage:

David
By whose authority the ark was carried “not after due order“.

The priests
Who should have carried the ark, but did not. One can only wonder if they had warned David beforehand of his error?

God
Who made the breach upon Israel by striking Uzza down.

A breach is a hole in the defense of a military force. By working hand in hand and side by side, soldiers create a human wall that the enemy cannot penetrate. When a man goes down a hole is created, a weakness the enemy can exploit. The loss of the man opens a door for much greater loss.

The importance then is not that Uzza died, although that is important. The real importance is that, because they did not seek God after due order, a breach was created that could have devastated Israel.

When a congregation turns from the faith and begins seeking God some other way and “not after due order” the danger is not that we have lost that church. The greater danger is that it creates a breach and opens the way for the devastation of all that is the Gospel.

Someone must sound the warning to those stepping out of formation. Their fall has the potential for leading a to a greater fall than any of us can imagine.

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1 Chronicles 14:11 (KJV) They Were Not the Doers

1 Chronicles 14:11 (KJV)
So they came up to Baalperazim; and David smote them there. Then David said, God hath broken in upon mine enemies by mine hand like the breaking forth of waters: therefore they called the name of that place Baalperazim.

Acts 3:12 (KJV)
And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?

Peter didn’t quote King David but expressed the same sentiment that, though they were instruments God used, they were not the doers of the blessings.

Here is a difficult balance to keep hold of; God uses men, but the men have themselves done nothing. Perhaps it is why David wrote a lyric about it and Peter so insistently spoke these words. They needed not only to remind the audience (those who, to this day, observe their actions through God’s Word) but also themselves, God did this. Their hands were involved but their result was of God.

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1 Chronicles 12:17 God Will Rebuke It

1 Chronicles 12:17 (KJV)
And David went out to meet them, and answered and said unto them, If ye be come peaceably unto me to help me, mine heart shall be knit unto you: but if ye be come to betray me to mine enemies, seeing there is no wrong in mine hands, the God of our fathers look thereon, and rebuke it.

David had been in flight long enough to be a bit leery of strangers. Though he had a pretty constant stream of devotees, this bunch was different. This bunch included Benjamites, the very tribe King Saul was of. Who could blame David for being skeptical?

What is interesting is how David handled this. I notice that there was no suggestion of animosity or reprisal if they turned out to betray him.

  • If they truly supported him he promised to love them
  • If they turned out to betray him they would be accountable to God

In some sense every relationship we have involves risk. David’s practice would be good for all of us; love those with whom we have to do. If they hurt us, forgive them and leave it in the hands of God.

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2 Kings 25:12 (KJV) The Last King in Judah

2 Kings 25:12 (KJV)
But the captain of the guard left of the poor of the land to be vinedressers and husbandmen.

Here then is the record of the last King in Judah.  After this will be an appointed governor. Later, when we get to the time of Christ, we will find the half Jew Herod on the throne, put there by Rome. Zedekiah is captured, along with every other person of influence. Only the poor of the land are left.

I am reminded that Jesus said, “the meek shall inherit the earth.” It will not be the movers and shakers that receive the kingdom of Christ. The kings and the rich and all those who trust in and follow them will be destroyed at the battle of Armageddon. It will be the poor, the meek; those who refuse to accept the mark of the beast (and who suffer because of it) that remain to enter into Christ’s reign.

It is similar today. Those who get saved, those who enter into Christ’s promise are those who are humble enough to release the rule of their own lives.

  • Rather than being world influencers they are happy to come under the influence of Christ.
  • Rather than making a name for themselves they are content to lift up the name of Christ.
  • Rather than forging a way in the wilderness they find pleasure walking in the path Christ forged. 

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2 Kings 21:1-2 (KJV) The Will of God We Ought to Seek

2 Kings 21:1-2 (KJV)
Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hephzibah.
And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.

Mannaseh must have been born three years after his father prayed for and received fifteen more years. If Hezekiah had died when Isaiah originally pronounced it, Manasseh would never have been born. We can never know who would then have been the next king or if he would have been a better king than Manasseh. We do know that Mannaseh was an evil man.

This is one Biblical evidence that it is possible to pray and change what appears to be the will of God. It is also evidence that it is not necessarily the best thing to do.

Though there is a good and acceptable will of God, the one we ought to seek is His perfect will.

 

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