Saturday, 4 February 2017

1 Chronicles 21-25

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...

21:8 Then David said to God, “I have sinned greatly by doing this. Now, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.”

21:17 David said to God, “Was it not I who ordered the fighting men to be counted? I, the shepherd, have sinned and done wrong. These are but sheep. What have they done? Lord my God, let your hand fall on me and my family, but do not let this plague remain on your people.”

David is good at repenting! Fully acknowledging his sin – and his alone. He also had great faith in God’s mercy (v. 13).

That we would have the same attitude.

Susan Barnes said...

22:1 Then David said, “The house of the Lord God is to be here, and also the altar of burnt offering for Israel.”

In 21:18 God told David to build an altar.
21:26 The Lord responded to his sacrifice with fire.
21:27 The plague stopped.
21:28 David saw God respond at this place
21:30 David did not go to Gibeon where the tabernacle was, because he was afraid that the angel of the Lord would kill more people in the time it would take him to get there.
22:1 David wanted the temple to be at the place where he had seen God respond.

While it’s good to have places in our lives where we have had a significant encounter with God, and while we want to remain there, it’s always temporary. Today the temple is not there.

Susan Barnes said...

23:25-26 For David had said, “Since the Lord, the God of Israel, has granted rest to his people and has come to dwell in Jerusalem forever, the Levites no longer need to carry the tabernacle or any of the articles used in its service.”

One role ends but a new one begins. Now their duties were to help in the service of the temple of the Lord (v. 28-31).

We don't retire since God always has new roles for us.

Susan Barnes said...

24:31 They also cast lots, just as their relatives the descendants of Aaron did, in the presence of King David and of Zadok, Ahimelek, and the heads of families of the priests and of the Levites. The families of the oldest brother were treated the same as those of the youngest.

David oversaw this whole process (see also v. 3). He probably could have delegate it to someone else but it was important to him to structure the oversight of the temple service in accordance with the Lord's regulations (v. 19). He wanted it done right. It's also interesting that he wanted youngest sons treated equally with oldest sons - given that he was a youngest son.

Susan Barnes said...

25;8 Young and old alike, teacher as well as student, cast lots for their duties.

No preferential treatment for those who were mature of more experienced. Note also these people were "trained and skilled in music for the Lord - they numbered 288." David had large numbers of people in his music team. They were rostered on and off - less opportunity for someone to control the direction of worship.