1 Chronicles 22:1–23:32
King David was not allowed to build the Temple and at least part of the reason was because he was a man of war. David had it deep in his heart and mind to build a “house” for God:
1 Chronicles 22:8 (NKJV) “…but the word of the LORD came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have made great wars; you shall not build a house for My name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in My sight.”
Most of you know that David was a warrior. He was the one who killed Goliath and then went on to lead Israel to many military victories over all her enemies. David was not the one to build the Temple. But just because he couldn’t build it himself, that didn’t mean he couldn’t do everything within his power, to help his son build the Temple. And that’s exactly what happened.
David organized stonecutters, he prepared iron, and bronze, and cedar trees. David didn’t take the treasures from all the countries he conquered to himself, he sanctified them to the LORD. Did you notice how much he set aside for the Temple of God?
1 Chronicles 22:14 (NKJV) “Indeed I have taken much trouble to prepare for the house of the LORD one hundred thousand talents of gold and one million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond measure, for it is so abundant. I have prepared timber and stone also, and you may add to them.”
That’s 3,750 tons of gold, and 37,500 tons of silver! Together it was over 821 millions pounds! God indeed blessed David, and he in turn blessed the Lord.
I love the motive David had behind the building of the Temple:
1 Chronicles 22:5b (NKJV) “…the house to be built for the LORD must be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all countries.”
David wanted God to be glorified. He wanted the Temple to be excellent and magnificent. His desire was for God to be “famous” – that the whole wide world would know the LORD! I can’t help but think of the Great Commission whenever I hear David’s heart on this, things I should take to heart. Let’s do the absolute best we can, in whatever mission we’ve been given by God – that all nations would know His Name, what He’s done on that cross, and be saved from their sins.
Can you imagine the work behind building the Temple? If any of you are familiar with construction, you know the toil, and labor, and muscle involved. You may not think that any spirituality is really necessary – you might make a dichotomy there. But David commands his son Solomon to seek the Lord in the midst of all this.
1 Chronicles 22:19 (NKJV) “Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God. Therefore arise and build the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the holy articles of God into the house that is to be built for the name of the LORD.”
What were the construction commands? Set your heart and soul to seek the LORD your God. That’s the key to life isn’t it? As you read the Word, as you pray, as we live life each and every day, seek God, look for the Lord – He’s there in the midst of it all. As a matter of fact, nowadays (in New Testament times) the temple of the Lord is us as individual Christians, and us as a Church. God graciously lives in His people… so let’s do this with excellence!
In 1 Chronicles 23 we have a list of priests, the descendants of Levi and his three sons. The Levites were helpers to the High Priests (descendants of Aaron – 1 Chronicles 23:28).
I’ve always loved passages like the one we read in:
1 Chronicles 23:30 (NKJV) “to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at evening.”
Morning and evening…make special times with God – and – give Him everything in between. It’s life-changing!
Paul makes it clear in this chapter – he emphasizes the fact that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, that there is none righteous, no, not one! Paul quotes from many Psalms as well as the book of Isaiah, to prove his point. So even though they had the law, not one of them were justified by the law.
Warren Wiersbe wrote, “Paul quotes from Psalms and Isaiah to show that, from head to foot, we are all lost sinners. Do you want to argue about this? Then your mouth has not been stopped! God cannot save you until you say, ‘Guilty!’”
Paul then turns the corner by teaching us that God’s righteousness comes by faith! We read in:
Romans 3:22-24 (NKJV) “even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,”
Paul reminds his readers that God is the God of the Jews AND the Gentiles (Romans 3:29). This truth of salvation by faith doesn’t negate the law, it was all part of the law, revealed in the law, and it even establishes the law. Jesus said in:
Matthew 5:17 (NKJV) “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.”
Warren Wiersbe wrote, “The law is a mirror that reveals our sin; only the blood of Christ can wash away our sin. It is good to do good works, but good works are not good enough to save us (Ephesians 2:8–9).”
Paul states his conclusion explicitly in:
Romans 3:28 (NKJV) “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.”
It was true then and it’s true now, the godly man and faithful person are rare commodities in this fallen world (Psalm 12:1). It makes me want to be one, (faithful) that much more.
This Psalm highlights the way people use their tongues as weapons against us. Ranging from trash talk behind our backs, to manipulative flattery in our face. They say their tongues are their own, that they can say whatever they want (Psalm 12:4) and they do, shooting from the hip of hardened hearts…but one day they will give an account for every idle word (Matthew 12:36).
Contrast man’s wicked word to God’s pure and perfect Word:
Psalm 12:6 (NKJV) “The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.”
God promises to keep, preserve, and protect His people, you can trust His Word on that! (Isaiah 54:17)
Proverbs 19:13 (NKJV) “A foolish son is the ruin of his father, and the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping.”
How we need God’s grace and wisdom when it comes to family life – lessons for sons and daughters, moms and dads, and husbands and wives.
Ruin is a big word!
It’s so sad when husband or wife is the #1 contender, when we should be the #1 defender.
Blame it on the wife? Blame it on the husband? Sometimes both.
But here Solomon addresses the wife, and he wants her to know – that a wife of strife is not good in life…it’s a continual dripping. What’s that? It goes beyond nagging.
Jon Courson actually compared it to torture (sorry).
This was (and sadly still is) a method used to break down one’s enemies, where the simple stress of water dripping on a certain part of the forehead for extended periods of time drives victims to the point of insanity. Don’t do it!
Proverbs 19:14 (NKJV) “Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.”
Remember the wedding day? It was God who gave her away.
Guys, be honest, if you had to choose, which would you rather have, a godly wife, or a wealthy life? A house or a home? A worldly mansion, or a heavenly mission?
I’m eternally grateful for the wife God has granted me. I believe part of the purpose of this passage is to move husbands to realize how blessed we are with are with our wives. Back in the day, men didn’t appreciate women the way they should have, they were seen as second-class citizens. But God, in His Word has elevated them to that place of prominence and equality through diversity.
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.