April 20, 2 Chronicles 1-5

 

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The book of 2 Chronicles begins with the story of Solomon’s reign (1-9) and then proceeds to tell the story of the kingdom of Judah.  Again, we must remind ourselves that the time described is the same as that of the book of 1 and 2 Kings.  Greater detail is added at times to the “religious” aspects of the lives of these kings.

At the very end of our reading today, we read an interesting comment concerning the priests in the Temple.  They were so overwhelmed with the glory of God filling the Temple, that they were unable to perform their duties.  I began thinking about what fills our minds when we attend public worship.  If we are not careful our focus will be on such ordinary things.  I cannot tell you how many times as a pastor that the focus of the church gathered has been on how hot or cold the building was, a song that was sung, a chair that was in the wrong place, a parking place available or not available, and a thousand other things that really ought not to matter.  Pray that on your next trip to God’s House you will be so absorbed with the glory of God filling the House that you will not have time to see the things that might be slightly off the mark of your human expectations.

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April 19, 1 Chronicles 28-29

 

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David’s leadership in leading the people to give towards the building of the Templeprovides an interesting perspective on giving.  First, David and perhaps the giving of many of the rest was a giving toward a project that was beyond their lifetimes.  The Templewould not be built until Solomon’s reign.  The ultimate experience in giving is when we recognize it is truly not about us.  When we give, do we ask, “What is in it for us?”  David didn’t.  Second, David recognized that the only reason that he had anything to give was because God had given him everything he owned.  Third, we see the principle of reciprocal encouragement.  The people were encouraged by the giving of David, and David was encouraged by the giving of the people.  When you give your next offering to the LORD, ask yourself, “Is the level of obedience displayed in my giving an encouragement or a discouragement to others around me?”

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April 18, 1 Chronicles 22-27

 

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What makes a leader great?  Certainly, David had his struggles and great sin, but he was a leader.  Today, we read of some of the principles that made David a great leader.  First, David was a great leader because he prepared for the future, even that future beyond his life.  In fact the NIV records his preparation as “extensive.”  A great leader looks beyond his or her present to the future generations.  Our legacy is only as great as our ability to influence the generation that comes immediately after us.

The second principle of leadership that stands out in today’s reading is how David organized the kingdom.  As chapter 27 concludes, we realize that David put somebody “in charge” of everything.  I am especially captured by the final words of chapter 27. Ahithophel is listed as the king’s counselor, Hushai is listed as the king’s friend, and Joab, of course, is listed as the king’s commander.  Do you have a counselor?  (Notice, as well, that the counselor’s successor is named indicating the importance of this role in David’s life.)  How about a friend?  How about someone with whom you trust everything?  These people may be hard to come by, but you may never rise to your level of leadership potential without these individuals in your life. 

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April 17, 1 Chronicles 17-21

 

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Today’s reading gives a glimpse of David’s contrasting personality.  On the one hand, he is a man of humility as evidenced in chapter 17.  The prayer of humility and thanksgiving is refreshing.  In this prayer, David recognized that all comes from God.  However, the humility of chapter 17 stands in stark contrast to the pride of chapter 21.  David calls for a census.  Now, there have been times, like at the beginning of the entry into the Promised Land where a census is applauded.  But, now, the text is clear that this is sin.  Joab, the commander, saw the problem with taking the census (21:3, 6).  We are left to conclude that David was prideful in wanting to know how many people were in his kingdom.

Again, as in the case of the Ark of the Covenant, when confronted with his sin, David repents.  In fact, when given the opportunity to have a “free” site for a place to be an altar, David insists on paying the full price.  The words of 21:24 should strike a chord with all of us:  “I will not …sacrifice a burnt offering that costs me nothing.”

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April 16, 1 Chronicles 10-16

 

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Today’s reading summarizes the early years of David’s reign as king.  Yes, we have read this before in 2 Samuel, but now we are reading from a different perspective.  The perspective of Chronicles is on the Temple and worship, whereas the perspective of 1-2 Samuel and 1-2 Kings is on the Palace and politics.  Amazing, isn’t it, how difficulty, like exile, can shift the focus to what is more important?

This change in perspective results in a special emphasis on handling the Ark of the Covenant.  What else is there to say except again to emphasize how serious God is about doing what He commands to do?  Fortunately, in this particular instance of the Ark, David and the others later get it right.

Pay close attention to the Psalm in chapter 16.  Try to make it your own Psalm today.       

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