Today the Good Morning Girls complete their study in the book of 1 Chronicles! That means tomorrow we go on break until our summer study begins. More details and resources for this study will be posted on the blog in May!
Now let’s complete our study in 1 Chronicles with this review…
Here’s 4 Lessons From the book of 1 Chronicles
Have you ever been tempted to skim parts of the Bible?
I know when I hit the genealogies or the Levitical Laws — my eyes glaze over. And if you read 1 Chronicles chapters 1-9, then you read some boring chapters because 1 Chronicles chapters 1 through 9 are the longest list of genealogies in ALL of the Bible!
But these chapters are important! They prove the authenticity of scripture. The Bible is not just a book of parables but it is about men and women who actually lived and died and this family tree points directly to the bloodline of the coming Messiah! So we see prophecy fulfilled here as well.
AND tucked within the longest list of names – you’ve probably ever read — is a life lesson for you and me!
In 1 Chronicles 14, David prayed.
And the Lord said to him, “Go up, and I will give them into your hand.”
11 And he went up to Baal-perazim, and David struck them down there.
And David said, “God has broken through my enemies by my hand, like a bursting flood.” Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim.
12 And they left their gods there, and David gave command, and they were burned.
Then, David obeyed.
God told David to go up and David went up.
David defeated the Philistines but he did not take credit for the victory. Instead, he says that God broke through his enemies by his hand, like a bursting flood.
Then he named the place of the breakthrough —> Baal Perazim.
Baal means –> the Lord.
Perazim means –> breakthrough.
Our God is the Lord of the breakthrough.
Do you need a breakthrough today?
Is there an area of your life where you feel like the enemy is attacking you over and over again? Too often we try to fight our spiritual battles on our own strength. But our God is the Lord of the breakthrough! We need to…
Pray and Obey.
3.) David tells us to seek these 3 things: the Lord, his strength and his presence continually.
In 1 Chronicles 16, the ark of God had been restored to Jerusalem and so David led a huge celebration with a large meal, burnt offerings and loud instruments praising the Lord. Then he led Israel in worship.
David’s Song of Thanks
8 Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
9 Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!
10 Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
11 Seek the Lord and his strength;
seek his presence continually!
David tells them to seek 3 things…
1.) Seek the Lord.
2.) Seek his strength.
3.) Seek his presence CONTINUALLY.
Back in Exodus 33, the Lord spoke to Moses and he told him he was about to lead them to the Promise Land. This land was going to be AMAZING! But Moses responded:
15 “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.
Moses said – if you are not there God – no matter how wonderful the Promised Land will be – I do not want to go there.
Would you be able to respond the way Moses did?
Do you value the presence of God more than anything else in life?
Or are you settling for less?
God is with you.
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.
2 Chronicles 16:9
There is no greater delight than knowing God and experiencing his presence!
4.) God wants to use everyone including YOU!
8 And they cast lots for their duties, small and great, teacher and pupil alike.
1 Chronicles 25:8
David was not just strong in battle; he was also wise with a great ability to organize, administrate and delegate the duties of the Israelites.
David valued every role from the priesthood, to the officers, to the gatekeepers and even to the jobs that seemed less significant like the keepers of the vineyards and keepers of camels. He wisely assigned each tribe a different month to be on alert for battle.
David had them cast lots for their duties so that the assignments would not just go to the most gifted and the best. He wanted everyone to have an opportunity to serve and there was no pride in being chosen.
David did not decide who would do each job. Instead, they cast lots so God could appoint them. God does not care about how the world sees us, whether we are considered great or small.
God wants to use everyone – including YOU!
He has made you uniquely you, for his glory.
Do not let your position in life, whether great or small, stop you from faithfully serving God.
Be strong and of good courage and do what God has made you to do!
20 Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.
1 Chronicles 28:20
David gave his all to prepare his young and inexperienced son to take over the great task of building the temple because he loved the Lord so much.
Twice, David told his son Solomon to “do it.”
Do not talk about it, dream about it, try to go a different route or ignore God and his commands. He wanted Solomon to know God, serve God, seek God and never forsake God and…do it! The job was now in the hands of Solomon to complete the building of the temple.
David sincerely loved the Lord with all of his heart.
Though he was not a perfect man, he was a devoted man with enthusiasm to do all God had called and gifted him to do.
He left a godly legacy for his children and future generations.
And so 1 Chronicles leads us to self reflect and ask – How can we leave a legacy of godliness in our families?
Keep walking with the King,
What have you learned during your time in 1 Chronicles?
If you are looking to do a Bible Study
during our break, here’s a few I recommend:
Ecclesiastes – Wisdom for Living Well
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Ruth – God’s Amazing Love for You
A 5-Week In-depth Bible Study with a Free Video Series
With over 1,000 5-Star Review, this is my second most popular study. It is a verse-by verse, in-depth study of the book of Ruth.
You can find all of the free resources for this study along with the video series —> HERE.
Rest and Release
A 4-Week Bible Study with a Free Video Series
You can find all of its resources and the free video seres —–> HERE.
Other books of the Bible
You can find all of the books of the Bible we have already studied together and the free resources to go along with those studies on this page —–> HERE.
I encourage you to pick a book of the Bible and study it on your own and I’ll be back in the spring to study with you again!
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