Saturday, May 21, 2016

Week 20 Bible Reading Review

Week 20  1 Chronicles 12:1 to 2 Chronicles 6:1

1 Chron 17:14  Here it speaks of David’s throne established forever without the caveat of “if you obey and don’t depart from My ways” as found in other places.  An important principle when studying scripture is to take the whole council of scripture to get a balanced view of any subject.

1 Chron 18:4  The HCSB commentary on this verse mentions that during David’s time, hamstringing horses was a standard method of crippling an enemy force by immobilizing them.

1 Chron 21:1  Satan incited David to count the people.  As noted previously in 2 Samuel 24:1, it states that God incited David, to punish Israel.  One could argue as to whom caused David's infraction, was it God or Satan, but I think this would be missing the point.  It can be easy to misplace blame for our circumstances, when in reality it is a result of our own poor choices and actions.  Blaming others is an excuse when we instead should be examining our hearts and humbling ourselves.

1 Chron 21:17  An admirable response to the plague by David.  He was taking responsibility for his actions and interceding for his subjects.

1 Chron 21:24  David insisted on paying for the items needed for the sacrifice.  A friend wrote an excellent blog on this subject entitled: "Sacrifice" (Click to read as a Message of Interest for this week).

David set into motion with great preparation the things for building the temple and its service.  Many areas of service were determined by lot.  Is this a method of selection that we should utilize more for today?  It might make for quite a different outcome if the positions were filled by lot instead of by our preferences.

1 Chron 29  David led by example in giving of his own treasure (gold and silver) to the building of the temple.  The people willingly followed his example.  A sign of a good leader.

2 Chron 5:14 And because of the cloud, the priests were not able to continue ministering, for the glory of the Lord filled God’s temple.  Part of the HCSB commentary on this verse states: “It was a reminder that God’s presence among His people is ultimately the focal point, not the many activities that the people carry out in worshiping God.”  How easy is it for us to think that what we are doing is so important that we miss His presence, focusing instead on our activities / duties?

Next Reading:  Week 21  2 Chronicles 6:1 to 2 Chronicles 29:1

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