Welcome back to Week 2 in the Book of 1 Chronicles!
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Here are the links to last week’s posts on the blog, in case you missed any of them:
- Intro and Resources for 1 Chronicles 1-10
- One Life Lesson from Some Boring Chapters of the Bible – based on our reading in 1 Chronicles 1-10
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This Week’s Bible Reading Plan
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This week’s Reflection & Discussion Questions
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1 Chronicles 11
In chapter 11, David was anointed king for the third time. The first time was when Samuel anointed him before the family (1 Samuel 16). The second time was when he was anointed king over just one tribe of Israel –Judah (2 Samuel 2:4) and now we come to the third anointing. Finally, we see all of Israel united together as one nation behind David’s leadership. God was already using David to lead even when Saul was king but now, he was becoming greater and greater because the Lord was with him.
God provided mighty men to help David succeed. His greatness grew because of the loyalty and bravery of these warriors. But these men did not start out this way. 1 Samuel 22:1-2 tells us many of these men were in distress, in debt and discontent. They were not mighty at all! But God! He gave them confidence, courage and strength. Do you feel weak? God can use you! What area in your life do you need more courage? Ask the Lord to give you his strength, determination, and confidence to be brave and strong today through the power of God. Also, consider, is there someone in your life that could use your support as they lead? Step up and support them.
1 Chronicles 12
God brought mighty warriors from every tribe together to support David. Even the tribe of Benjamin, which was Saul’s tribe, came to join the army. David trusted them despite the fact that he knew they could betray him because the Spirit of the Lord was with their chief. And so, men continued to come to David until he had a great and mighty army devoted to him. When Israel saw what God was doing, they were united together and celebrated their new king with joy and feasting.
These warriors were men of courage, who were highly skilled and trained for war. Their faces were calm and confident like the faces of a lion and they were active and ready to fight like a swift gazelle. God made them this way because they had surrendered their will to God, to be used by him. We too can be strong in the face of life’s spiritual battles, but we must recognize that we need each other. Those warriors were nothing without each other. They were united under the service of God’s chosen King. In the same way, we must unite under the service of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords to experience their victory, unity and joy. How is the unity in your church today? Have the people gotten off track and focused on things that are not of the Lord? What can you change so that you can be more devoted to the will of God and bring unity in your church?
1 Chronicles 13
When David chose to move the ark, he consulted with his commanders and leaders, but he did not consult God. The law says that the ark was to be transported with poles on the shoulders of the priests (Exodus 25:12-15). They failed to follow the law when they chose to put the ark on a cart pulled by oxen. You see, the Philistines had carried the ark on a cart and got away with it but that was because they were not the children of God. So, when the oxen stumbled and Uzzah put his hand out and touched the ark (which was strictly forbidden), God was angry and struck him dead. Then David was afraid.
Uzzah was struck dead because God cared about who transported the ark and how the ark was transported. Uzzah followed the Philistines way rather than God’s way. His good intentions to help, lacked the obedience and reverence for the holiness of God. David was confused by God’s anger because he knew Uzzah’s intentions were good. Consider the church today. Do we sometimes do things the world’s way because it works? Are you ever confused why God is not blessing you even though your intentions are good? Examine your own life. In what area do you overlook sin because you have good intentions? Repent and do not be afraid of God but rather be afraid of your sin.
1 Chronicles 14
David knew two things: the Lord had established him as king over Israel and his kingdom was highly exalted for the sake of his people. David knew this was not about his own greatness but God’s. So, each time the enemy came at him, he inquired of God and he obeyed what God told him to do and God gave him the victory.
As soon as David was anointed king, the enemy was at his door ready to attack and what did David do? He went to God and inquired of him and God gave him different directions each time. The first time he went one way and the second time, he went another. David had to wait on the Lord for a sound in the trees before striking them down. Friends, many times as soon as God is at work in our lives, the enemy gets to work in our lives as well. Spiritual warfare is real! And we see that the enemy does not give up. Right after David finished one battle with the enemy – they tried again! And so, he had to turn to God and wait on the Lord to help him have victory. In what area of your life do you feel like the enemy is attacking you over and over? Inquire of the Lord now and ask him for wisdom as to what to do next and how to defeat the enemy. Wait on the Lord to show you his will and then obey him.
1 Chronicles 15
David had learned the lesson that the way the ark was carried mattered to God. This time when they moved the ark, he was careful to be sure that it was all done in a sanctified, holy and honoring way. Even though David himself was a masterful musician, he appointed others to lead the music and sing because he was humble. As the people broke out in shouting and song, he danced before the Lord like a commoner. His wife Michal, the daughter of Saul, had a hard heart and she despised the way he worshipped God.
2 Samuel 6 tells us that when David returned home from the celebration, his wife was there to meet him, and she was angry. She felt that he should have acted in a more dignified way because he was king. David did not care what anyone around him thought of him. His emotional connection with God was so deep that it led to real worship of God. Genuine worship is not always solemn and subdued. Sometimes it is loud and emotional. Do you feel free to worship God however he is leading you or do the thoughts of those around you sometimes inhibit your ability to worship? What can you learn from the way David worshipped God?
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