1 Chronicles 16:37–18:17
David brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem and left the Levites to serve in the Tabernacle. I like the way 1 Chronicles 16:37 puts it, “…as each day’s work required.” Life is like that, isn’t it? Especially in the ministry. You never know what will take place each day, who will call, who will come in, tragedies, victories, prayer requests, offerings and opportunities, various areas of service for God’s people. As we live life one day at a time, we should serve as the Levites did, “…as each day’s work,” will require.
There in the Tabernacle, the burnt offerings were offered up every morning and evening (1 Chronicles 16:40), which is significant to me. I always try to start the day dedicating myself to God, which is what the burnt offering symbolizes – giving all that I am to Him. I then aspire to go out and live my day for Him in all that I do, and in all that I am. But it would also be good to do something special in the evening as well…to end the day in a significant way with God.
David had it in his heart to build a Temple for God. He mentioned it to Nathan who hastily gave him the green light. But when Nathan went home, the LORD told him that wasn’t His plan. God planned to build a “house” for David but he wouldn’t build a house for God. Nathan was sent back to David with the news…David’s son would build the Temple, not him. David wasn’t upset, as a matter of fact, he was blessed and humbled, considering all that God had done for him, and the fact that his sons would follow after him, as kings, God would build a dynasty from David. I often echo the words he spoke at this point:
1 Chronicles 17:16 (NKJV) “Then King David went in and sat before the LORD; and he said: ‘Who am I, O LORD God? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far?’”
David went on to thank God, to praise God, and he even prayed that God would indeed, bring it all to pass (1 Chronicles 17:24).
In 1 Chronicles 18 we have David’s further conquests of other lands and a list of his administration. Part of the reason this is provided is simply history, for us to see that this is what God did through David. But another reason (from a priestly perspective) is we see that this is the way God would provide the gold, silver, and bronze that would be used by his son Solomon, to build the Temple. Just because David couldn’t build it himself, it didn’t mean that he couldn’t be part of it. He would give His son the treasures necessary, the vision, the heart, and even the plans to build a house for the glory of God.
Don’t you just love the way, “the Lord preserved David wherever he went?” (1 Chronicles 18:6, 13). He does the same for us. He’s a good and gracious God (see Psalm 121:7-8).
The chapter closes with a list of David’s administration (1 Chronicles 18:15-17). Although David was clearly favored, appointed, and anointed by God, there’s no man who can do a good work without a good team that’s “with him.”
In this section of Romans, Paul is establishing the fact that all people are guilty before God, the immoral man, the moral man (who’s never heard God’s written law), and even the Bible-man who’s heard it all. We’ve all fallen short of God’s standard, whether it be through the violation of conscience or commandment.
In chapter 2 Paul hones in on those who’ve never heard God’s law (the Bible). They will be judged by the way they responded to that law written on their hearts (their conscience).
Then Paul speaks to the Jews who, of course, have God’s law. Both are guilty (Jew and Gentile) because we’ve all broken God’s moral code as revealed through general revelation (creation and conscience) and special revelation (God’s Son and God’s Word).
But the good news is, anyone can be saved by faith in Christ, and you’ll see it in a changed life.
Romans 2:10 (NKJV) “but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
Warren Wiersbe, “Paul was not teaching salvation by works but works that prove salvation.”
The danger of Judaism and even Christianity is to think that because we know the Word, and some of us even teach the Word, that we’re good with God, but that’s not true. As a matter of fact, if we know the truth and judge others for sins that we ourselves commit – we’re storing up judgment for ourselves. I’ve always been fearful of:
Romans 2:21a (NKJV) “You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself.”
Paul just wants everyone to know they’re doomed and damned, without Christ, hoping that that would lead them to a place of desperation so that they’d cry out for God to save them.
I know the LORD has never relinquished His throne, even in this crazy world of chaos we live in…but my heart aches and longs for the day our King literally, physically, actually, eternally rules from Jerusalem.
Don’t you look forward to that day?
The Lord is King and the King will come. The ungodly nations will perish on that day. Keep praying. God has heard our cry, the cry of the humble – and He will vindicate – He will help the helpless.
Psalm 10:16 (NKJV) “The LORD is King forever and ever; the nations have perished out of His land.”
Proverbs 19:8 (NKJV) “He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding will find good.”
Let’s first get wisdom, and then let’s keep it.
If we do “get it” and choose to use it, it reveals a love for our own soul – it’s good for us! The Proverb tells us we’ll “find good,” this is the key to the “Good Life.”
Proverbs 19:9 (NKJV) “A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies shall perish.”
This warning is repeated, saturated throughout the Proverbs, even three times in this very chapter! (see also Proverbs 19:5, 28)
I like to say, “Repeated so we won’t be defeated.” God wants to make it clear, that if we speak lies anywhere, and anytime, but especially in cases or courtrooms where decisions are being made, we WILL be punished, it’s a promise from God.
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.