Saturday, 28 January 2017

1 Chronicles 16-20

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...

16:37-38 David left Asaph and his associates before the ark of the covenant of the Lord to minister there regularly, according to each day’s requirements. He also left Obed-Edom and his sixty-eight associates to minister with them. Obed-Edom son of Jeduthun, and also Hosah, were gatekeepers.

Obed-Edom’s desire was to be wherever the ark was, because for him this meant being in the presence of God. He had experienced the blessing of God and was determine to chase after it.

Obed-Edom was a Gittie—he’s from Gath—a Philistine yet he is also included in the lists of Levites (1 Chronicles 15:24). He was born in the wrong country, wrong family but in the right place at the right time, he would not let go of the presence of God. He raised his children to serve God and gave his life to guarding the ark (presence) of God (1 Chronicles 26:1-19).

Susan Barnes said...

17:1-3 After David was settled in his palace, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under a tent.” Nathan replied to David, “Whatever you have in mind, do it, for God is with you.” But that night the word of God came to Nathan.

Nathan thought it was alright for David to build a temple but God had other ideas. God did not let David do a ‘good thing’.

(From Constable’s Commentary) “Often we may have to accept that the work we would dearly like to perform in terms of Christian service is not that for which we are best equipped, and not that to what God has in fact called us. It may be, like David’s a preparatory work …”

Susan Barnes said...

18:14 David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people

No wonder David was a man after God’s own heart. He did what was right—not for his own gain—but for all his people. David’s heart for God also meant he had a heart for people.

Susan Barnes said...

19:13 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.

Joab had a strong sense of the Sovereignty of God. He can be trusted to do “what is good in his sight”—but not necessarily ours. Likewise we can trust God to do what is good.

Susan Barnes said...

20:1 In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, Joab led out the armed forces. He laid waste the land of the Ammonites and went to Rabbah and besieged it, but David remained in Jerusalem.

There is almost an identical verse in 2 Samuel 11:1 which leads into the account of David and Bathsheba. People would have known of David’s adultery and murderous plot of Uriah and the Chronicler didn’t feel the need to repeat it here. He had other priorities.

It reminds us that the Bible is not a complete history, nor was this the intention of the writers. But rather to draw from history the things that were relevant to the people now.