1 Chronicles 12:19–14:17
At this time (early on) David’s army had grown to well over 300,000 strong. In this section we continue to see the history of the formation of “David’s Mighty Men,” as well as their support for David as King. It wasn’t as if David was drafting the guys or forcing them to join, no, they were coming of their own volition – God was the one drawing them in.
1 Chronicles 12:22 (NKJV) “For at that time they came to David day by day to help him, until it was a great army, like the army of God.”
When we do things God’s way, by letting the Lord rule in our hearts, we’re going to experience what Israel did during the reign of David – who is a typology of Jesus – joy.
1 Chronicles 12:40 (NKJV) “…for there was joy in Israel.”
David loved the Lord and wanted God to be the foundation of their nation, so he had it in his heart to bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. It had been in Kirjath Jearim for the past 100 years.
It was the right thing to do – but – we need to make sure to do the right thing, the right way. Tragically, David didn’t transport the Ark according to the Scriptures. The Ark was to be carried on poles by the priests who were the sons of Kohath, the son of Aaron (Numbers 4:4; 7:9). It was not to be touched by anyone else. It didn’t matter that it was a nice new cart they moved it on, and it didn’t matter that Uzza was a nice guy with good intentions. When Uzza touched the Ark, he died immediately. Everyone was instantly reminded of the holiness of God and the importance of doing things according to the Scriptures.
When Uzza died, David was angry. Isn’t it crazy how we sometimes blame the Lord for the consequences of our own rebellion. ALL the bad that happens in the world today – is due to our own sin, going all the way back to Adam and Eve.
We’ll see in 1 Chronicles 15 that David learns from his mistake and moves the Ark God’s way. In the meantime God continues to graciously bless David in many ways, including a king’s palace, establishing him as ruler in Israel.
Whenever good things happen, we must be ready for our enemies to oppose us. Sure enough, that’s the case with David, and the Philistines (Israel’s archenemy) comes against him. I love the way David “inquired of God,” (1 Chronicles 14:10, 14) and how God directed David with details on how to defeat the Philistines. He will do the same for us, if we seek Him.
The book of Romans is not only a letter inspired by God, it’s a theological masterpiece. Paul had never been to Rome, so he had a burning desire to go and preach the gospel to the Romans. Paul would eventually travel to Rome, but it wouldn’t be a pleasure cruise, it would be as a prisoner, chained to a Roman soldier – but even in that, Paul knew his chains were in Christ.
He identified himself as a bondservant (Romans 1:1) which refers to a willing slave of Christ. He also has as his ID an Apostle (one who is sent by God) separated to God.
Paul then identified Jesus as the Son of David, and also as the Son of God (Romans 1:3-4). This speaks of Jesus’ dual nature, His humanity as well as His deity. Paul pointed out the fact that the prophets of the Old Testament had predicted the coming of the Christ (the Messiah). We now know that Jesus fulfilled over 300 prophecies in His first coming.
Paul was grateful for the Romans, and he prayed for them, “without ceasing” (Romans 1:8-9). He wanted to do anything he could do to help them.
Have you ever just had it in your heart just to help someone or a group of people with certain gifts, or information that you have, that perhaps they need? That was Paul’s heart. Rome was the hub of the world and in his wisdom he knew that if the church in Rome was strong, the world could be won to Christ. How could that possibly happen? How do we win people to Christ? By the power of the Gospel.
Paul knew the power of the Gospel, so he wrote in:
Romans 1:16 (NKJV) “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”
May we never be ashamed to point people to Jesus. Such a simple message, how He died for our sins, but rose again the third day. How faith in Him brings forgiveness forever (1 Corinthians 15:1-3). To some this message is foolish, to others it’s too easy, but to those who are open, it brings the power of God to salvation.
When Paul mentioned the Jew first, it’s not that God loves the Jews more than others, it’s just that the Jews were the only people (at that time) who had the Old Testament Scriptures as their ruling document. God’s plan was to reach the world through the Jews. So Paul would start there in the Synagogues where the Jews were gathered together, pointing to the prophecies Christ fulfilled. As a matter of fact, Paul quoted from the book of Habakkuk 2:4, “The just shall live by faith.”
Romans 1:17 (NLT) “This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, ‘It is through faith that a righteous person has life.’”
We find the word “nations,” multiple times in this chapter (Psalm 9:5, 15, 17, 19, 20). How comforting it was to David (and should be to us) that even if nations opposed him – it wouldn’t matter – if God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
There were some who hated David, they wanted him dead. But God sustained him. And God has sustained Israel.
Please pray for the United States of America! What a heavy verse this is:
Psalm 9:17 (NKJV) “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”
As we go through personal and even national battles, let’s learn from David to fight…by praying. “Have mercy on me, O LORD! Arise O LORD, Do not let man prevail…” (Psalm 9:13, 19).
Proverbs 19:4 (NKJV) “Wealth makes many friends, but the poor is separated from his friend.”
We can see this in a good light through a heart of giving and generosity.
We read in:
Ephesians 4:28 (NKJV) “Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.”
We might also see this in a bad light, through bribes and fair weathered friends.
Proverbs 19:5 (NKJV) “A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies will not escape.”
The 9th commandment is:
Exodus 20:16 (NKJV) “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
Of course this speaks of any lies, but especially lies in the context of court. God tells us that such people will not escape without judgment (justice).
God is a God of justice! We read in:
Psalm 89:14a (NKJV) “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne…”
If you have any questions or comments on today’s reading, or you’d like to share something the Lord showed you, feel free to leave a reply below. I’d love to hear from you as we grow forward in 2021.