Saturday, 21 January 2017

1 Chronicles 11-15

Here's how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan Barnes said...

11:2 In the past, even while Saul was king, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns. And the Lord your God said to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.’”

Even while David was hiding from Saul, the people recognize that David was destined to become their leader. God provided the right people at the right time, to support David, including his mighty men (v. 10-47)

Susan Barnes said...

12:22 Day after day men came to help David, until he had a great army, like the army of God.

It is God who pulls this army together. At times an unlikely group of people, but determined to see God's plan of David being king fulfilled.

Susan Barnes said...

13:2-4 He then said to the whole assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you and if it is the will of the Lord our God, let us send word far and wide to the rest of our people throughout the territories of Israel, and also to the priests and Levites who are with them in their towns and pasturelands, to come and join us. Let us bring the ark of our God back to us, for we did not inquire of[g] it[h] during the reign of Saul.” The whole assembly agreed to do this, because it seemed right to all the people.

"Seems good to you" and "seemed right to all the people"—God led his people by inner conviction even in David's time.

"It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us . . ." Acts 15:28

However, it requires us to be sensitive to God's leading.

Susan Barnes said...

14:1-2 Now Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar logs, stonemasons and carpenters to build a palace for him. And David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and that his kingdom had been highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel.

David's elevation was for the benefit of Israel. Hiram was, "acknowledging Israel's and David's political influence in the region" (From the Voice—translation of the Bible).

God was blessing David politically, with children, and with building projects. In regard to his polygamy—God requires a higher degree of personal holiness because today we have the enabling presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Susan Barnes said...

15:27 Now David was clothed in a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and as were the musicians, and Kenaniah, who was in charge of the singing of the choirs. David also wore a linen ephod.

David was dressed as the high priest. David is acting in full the part of Melchizedek, for he is the king of Jerusalem bringing the ark of the covenant of the God of Israel.

Melchizedek, David and Jesus all shared the titles and privileges of being King and Priest at the same time.

(Thoughts from Constable's Commentary)