1 Chronicles · Psalm

1 Chonices 26-29, Psalm 127

Summary:  In chapter 26 and 27, David appointed Gatekeepers, Treasurers, Army Officials, Leaders of the Tribes, and Overseers.  God is a God of order BUT also they are about tho build THE TEMPLE…Security is tight!!

Last Saturday we read about David “counting” his men and he was given a choice of consequence.  When you read this it was referring to that past incident:

23 David did not take the number of the men twenty years old or less, because the Lord had promised to make Israel as numerous as the stars in the sky. 24 Joab son of Zeruiah began to count the men but did not finish. God’s wrath came on Israel on account of this numbering, and the number was not entered in the book[e] of the annals of King David.

The book of the annals (better than the book of anals 🙊) was the royal archives that were kept with the King.  We do not have David’s.  I think Indiana Jones has it to help him look for that missing Ark.  😂

Deconstructing the Scene: Raiders of the Lost Ark


Chapter 29- read it word for word-no skimming here!

The people donated a freewill offering (remember God was content in the tent, he didn’t require a temple; t was David’s heart that required it) of more gold, silver, bronze, and other materials to make The Lord’s house reflect the glory of His greatness. David was responsible for providing 3,860 tons of gold and 37,760 tons of silver. But the king continued to urge his leaders to give generously to the ‘building fund’, and they contributed another 190 tons of gold, plus another 185 pounds, 375 tons of silver, 675 tons of bronze, and 3,750 tons of iron, as well as precious stones.”

I don’t know who said this but it’s worth repeating:

“Often the extent to which we are prepared to put at risk our material well-being is a measure of the seriousness with which we take our discipleship”

David’s Prayer  ❤❤❤

These were some of David’s last official words to his nation and his son Solomon. Ancient Near Easterners regarded such statements as extremely important, as indeed they were.  It was so perfect I wanted to cut and paste each line so instead, I put it on a separate piece of paper.  Please feel free to print it, read it often, read it to your kids, hang it on the fridge, use it as a bookmark, or memorize it (if you have that brain capacity.  I can remember every word to every Eagles song but man I struggle on memorizing scripture! Click here.

We end 1 Chronicles with the anointing of Solomon and the death of David.


Psalm 127- Fun Fact: During President Eisenhower’s inauguration he had 2 Bibles: 1 of them was opened to Psalm 127  during it.

Unless the Lord builds the house,
    the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
    the guards stand watch in vain.

I read this Psalm in several versions:click here to read it in the Message.  It was pretty cool.

 

1 Chronicles

1 Chronicles 23-25

The year is 937 B.C.  (Question of the day:  what year will it be when we finish the Old Testament)

Verses 1 and 2 provide an outline for what follows in chapters 23—27, but in reverse order.

1:When David was old and full of years, he made his son Solomon king over Israel.

 2:He also gathered together all the leaders of Israel, as well as the priests and Levites

I am betting even if you have been marinating in church all your life you may not have read this part of the Bible (Chapters 23-25)  So I will be honest, do I physically read EVERY name, I intend to…but my eyes take over and they skim a lot!!!  Ohhhh I can’t stop them!!  BUT be better than me…read your Bee Eye Bee  Ell Eeee.

Here is why: these chapters give a connected view or a visual of the condition of the Levites towards the end of David’s life.  (I am sure this view will not stay the same, especially bt the time we get to the New Testament).

  • To recap, the Levites (from the tribe of Levi, one of Jacob’s sons) was set apart to take care of the Tabernacle.
  • A Tabernacle: (called a Mishkan in Hebrew)  is a portable sanctuary that the presence of the Lord would dwell as they traveled (or wandered) on the Ark of the Covenant.

BUT now we are building the Temple!  (Well, it is a 20-year project) So, “lots are cast” (remember the rocks called Urim and Thummin: they would use to make decisions because God would use the rocks to answer)

CASTING LOTS IN THE BIBLE: What did it mean?

Anyway, I can chase some of these rabbits all day!    There are three branches of Levi’s family: Gershonites, Kohathites, and,  Mararites. IF you skimmed just make sure you read the summary statement: 23:24 says: 24 These were the descendants of Levi by their families—the heads of families as they were registered under their names and counted individually, that is, the workers twenty years old or more who served in the temple of the Lord. 25 For David had said, “Since the Lord, the God of Israel, has granted rest to his people and has come to dwell in Jerusalem forever, 26 the Levites no longer need to carry the tabernacle or any of the articles used in its service.” 27 According to the last instructions of David, the Levites were counted from those twenty years old or more.

Then the duties for the Levites are explained. When the Israelites left Egypt, the Levites numbered 8,580 (you ask how do I know that….there is a book called Numbers, it is where I find the numbers) 😂 (sorry feeling frisky, it’s my birthday). In David’s day, the Levites numbered 38,000 (which says a lot about the success of the nation under David’s reign)

  • The high priest supervised the priests in their temple service
  • Priests were descendants of Aaron (Moses’ brother) and constituted only one branch of the Levitical family
  • The priests continued to offer sacrifices and offerings
  • David organized the priests into 24 groups, each of which served for one week at a time (sounds appealing but I would struggle greatly sacrificing an animal…husband maybe, animal….no). Ha!!

Chapter 24

Every detail of the temple service was important to David. This shows his heart for God.  David lowered the priest age from 30 to 20, I am assuming some muscle might have been needed…a lot of work ahead of them!


Chapter 25

David also organized some of the Levitical families as temple musicians: One from each branch

  • Asaph was a Gershonite (6:39-43),  (he’s my favorite Psalmist…says it like it is!)
  • Heman a Kohathite (6:33),
  • Jeduthun (Ethan) a Merarite (6:44-47).

One verse made me laugh:  Young and old alike, teacher as well as student, cast lots for their duties.

I just had this visual of them casting lots and saying “awww man, I hate the harp, can we do best out of 3 or rock, paper scissors for the cymbals??”   OR some guy in the corner saying “what are you playing, craps….papa needs a new pair of sandals.   I am a hot mess!!

CASTING LOTS IN THE BIBLE: What did it mean?

 

1 Chronicles · 2 Samuel · Psalm

2sam 24,1chron 21-22,ps 30

Today we end 2 Samuel.  Can you believe it!  You have been reading for 144 days.  That’s crazy!

This can be confusing if you just read 2 Samuel and not 1 Chronicles with it at the same time.  1 Chronicles starts with:

“Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel.” 

There are many reasons to take a census: organizing a battle, taxing the people, BUT David’s motives were neither.  I am not sure if Satan incited a lack of trust in David that the Lord would win his battles for him regardless of his military size or pride in David’s accumulation.   Either way,  God allowed Satan to test him and he failed.   Even ruthless Joab said “What??” But David ordered him anyway.  As a leader, David’s actions brought a consequence to Israel.  God gave David an option for the consequence:

1 Chron:‘Take your choice:

  1. three years of famine, 
  2. three months of being swept away before your enemies, with their swords overtaking you,
  3. or three days of the sword of the Lord—days of plague in the land, with the angel of the Lord ravaging every part of Israel.

Now then, decide how I should answer the one who sent me.

Option 1 would put David/Israelites’ survival in the hands of men, merchants, and farmers to survive

Option 2 would put David/Israelites’ survival in the hands of his enemies

Option 3 would put David/Israelites’ survival in the hands of God

Who is more merciful men or God?

David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let me fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is very great; but do not let me fall into human hands.” (Option 3)

God took the very thing that David put his confidence in:  his “70 units” of military strength.  God is a God of mercy and He relented.

David said to God, “Was it not I who ordered the fighting men to be counted? I, the shepherd, have sinned and done wrong. These are but sheep. What have they done? Lord my God, let your hand fall on me and my family, but do not let this plague remain on your people.” There it is!  David is back.  The man after God’s own heart!


OK, are you ready for this??  The Temple Location is Chosen.

  • Back in Deuteronomy 12:5 (Before the Hebrews even entered the Promised Land), God said “But you are to seek the place the Lord your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling. To that place you must go”
  • Wait it gets better!  I am a bit unglued already with excitement.  God always knew where His Temple would be built…Go back even further to Genesis 22.  Abraham’s testing.  He was told to sacrifice his son (his one and only son), but a substitute was provided.  Where was that incident??2 Gen 22: Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
    • If you do not remember this OR jumped in late.  PLEASE go back and read it.  God was giving a complete foreshadow of the Cross.  Click here for that reading.  Even if you remember it…revisit it!
    • The region of Mt. Moriah is the region of Mt. Zion (Zion mean “marked”).  God always marked the spot!
  • In 2 Samuel 7 (The Davidic Covenant) David was told by God- “And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed.”

So now back to today’s reading:  2 Sam 24:18: On that day Gad went to David and said to him, “Go up and build an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.” So David went up, as the Lord had commanded through Gad.”  King David bought that land, under the instruction of God, and it was on that site the first temple was built. And then after that, the second one. The Dome of the Rock stands in its place today, see picture below.  The rock inside the dome is where Islamic people believe Abraham prepared to sacrifice Isaac….but it is also the same rock where Islamic people believe Muhhamed transcended to Heaven to hang out with prophets like Moses and Jesus, so they built a Mosque there until he, Muhamed,  returns).  Anyway, back to facts…😉, the Bible…

Western Wall with the Dome of the Rock in background | Flickr

God chose a Threshing Floor.  Threshing is essentially dividing – separating the wheat from the chaff. Threshing is weaved throughout the whole Bible.  Even in the Psalms, we read about the contrast between the wicked and the righteous.  But my favorite is in the Gospel when John the Baptist is baptizing believers he says:

“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”


1 Chronicles 22- David begins collecting an enormous amount of material to build the Temple so the Ark of the Covenant could dwell there.  But we call is Solomon’s Temple (not David’s Temple) for a reason.

‘You have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight.  But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign. He is the one who will build a house for my Name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’

But….keep reading…a big IF is coming.  verse 13:
 so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God. Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.

Well, what’s your prediction?  Will Solomon observe the decrees and laws??


Don’t forget to read Psalm 30!

1 Chronicles · 2 Samuel

2 Samuel 11-12; 1 Chronicles 20

So here we are:

As much as I would love to make the application of this read I won’t.   As you read, let the Holy Spirit pull out the lesson YOU need today.


I was just doing research and it said “This is the 2nd most notorious sin in the Bible next to the Fall”.   I had a funny memory hit me: I was at a conference and the speaker: Kay Arthur,  was teaching on this scripture and I was sitting next to a “very marinated in Jesus” woman who heard this story all her life so she was talking to me and I hushed her and I said “I have got to hear how this ends!” and she said, “It’s David and Bathsheba!” I looked at her and said, “I have no idea who these people are!” (First time ever hearing this “notorious” story).  Then I said, “I just wish the woman in from of me didn’t have such big hair!”.  She laughed and did not tell me it was the next speaker:  Beth Moore.  😳


Disobedience to God’s will results in lack of blessing.

Verse 1 “In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.” 

David’s problems began when things were going too well for him! Our most difficult times are not when things are going bad. Hard times make us dependent on God. You don’t get proud when you’re dependent on God. Survival keeps you humble. Pride happens when everything is going your way!

Verse 2: Seeing Bathsheba was not a sin.  Sending someone to find out who she was: Sin.

Clearly, I want to break this down verse by verse but I think you would all kill me for that so let sum it up by saying:

SIN leads to SIN

For David, lust led to adultery.  Adultery led to deception.  Deception led to entrapment.  Entrapment led to Murder.  I want to say “all from inquiring about her”, but truly if he was at war where he was supposed to be, none of this would have happened.  (oh,  the life application I could make here!).

Do you remember back in 1 Samuel 8 when the Israelites said “We want a king”, and Samuel basically said, ” if you ask for a king…here are all the wrong things he will do and TAKE from your family”.  Well, he used his royal position to “Take” what wasn’t his just as predicted.

I know the men will cringe, but underlining that she was purifying and that she just had her “monthly uncleanliness” is so important.  It proves that she was not already pregnant when David took her.

David compounded his sin by trying to cover it up rather than confessing it. He tried three cover-ups:

  • a “clean” one (vv. 6-11), (go sleep with your wife…clearly you have missed her)
  • a “dirty” one (vv.12-13), (let’s get him drunk…all drunk men want to sleep with their wives…keeping it real folks!)

Uriah drunk proved to be a better man than David sober!  Ouch! David was setting up this soldier to cover his own sin. However, King David underestimated Uriah’s commitment to him.  Though Bathsheba’s husband was a Hittite, he appears to have been a godly believer in the Lord,  as well as a dedicated warrior. Uriah’s name means “Lord is my light”.

  • and a “criminal” one (vv. 14-17) (sadly the plan worked, and Uriah died, but so did a few other men along with him)

Chapter 12

As a prophet, Nathan was required to confront sin, even the sin of a king.  Nathan used a parable:

  • The Rich man-is David
  • The Poor man-is Uriah
  • The Ewe-is Bathsheba

Ohhh how easy it is to recognize the sin of others over our own!  (It’s like when I sit in church and I say in my head “Ohhhh I wish Karen (made up name) could hear this sermon…she needs it).  Yikes!  Am I the only one that does that??

Not only did David recognize the sin, but his emotional ungodly reaction to it was also ridiculous! Let’s look at the Law, shall we?

  • Exodus 22:1 ““Whoever steals an ox or a sheep and slaughters it or sells it must pay back five head of cattle for the ox and four sheep for the sheep.
  • Leviticus 20:10 “‘If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death.”
  • Leviticus 24:17  “‘Anyone who takes the life of a human being is to be put to death”

What sentence did King David hand down…did he follow the Law?  On the contrary….He hands down the penalty HE should receive.  Ohhh the humanity!

David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die!”

 God’s response: (Notice the word “I”)

  • I anointed you king over Israel,
  • I delivered you from the hand of Saul
  •  I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms.
  • I gave you all Israel and Judah.
  • And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.

Now notice the word “You”

  • Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes?
  • You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own.
  • You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.

Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.


Verse 13:  “I have sinned against the Lord.”

Notice that God’s forgiveness followed immediately after David’s confession.  GRACE!!!!

The Lord removed the guilt of David’s sin (forgiveness) he did not remove the consequences of it (discipline). Someone told me once: you hammer a nail in a board you may remove the nail, but the hole remains.

“This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight.  You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.”

Shut up!!! Does this really happen you ask??  Umm Hello….it is the Bible and God is speaking, so of course, it is going to happen.  You will have to wait for it but here are some clue words: 1.rooftop 2. orgy (and as much as I know the “Coach” rolls her eyes at my genealogy charts…you’re gonna need it 😳 (someone close to you)



As a result of David’s slope of sins, his firstborn will die.  David accepts the judgment of the Lord and takes responsibility for the result.  The heir to the throne is born: Solomon (whose name comes from the Hebrew word shalom, peace, and means “Peaceable” or “Peaceful”), was a blessing from the Lord. It demonstrates that God’s grace
is greater than all our sins.  Solomon had another name, “Jedidiah” (I will always picture Owen Wilson from Night of the Museum).  In spite of David’s sin, God’s covenant remains.

The chapter ends circling back to the first verse we read today, with David going out to war with his warriors like he was supposed to in the first place (this all could have been avoided).  He took a crown weighing about 75 pounds and returned home to Jerusalem.



1 Chronicles 20.  Remember the purpose of the Chronicles was to encourage the Hebrews returning after the captivity to rebuild Jerusalem.  Ezra, the writer,  wanted to write about the victories of their ancestors…soooo no point in retelling the transgressions.  Sooooo, the author leaves out the whole Bathsheba incident on purpose., but highlights these enormous battles fighting giants with 12 fingers and 12 toes they were so big!

YOU KNOW THE PSALMS ARE GOING TO BE AMAZING FOLLOWING THIS.  FEEL FREE TO READ AHEAD!

Click here for tomorrow’s reading

 

1 Chronicles · 1 Samuel · Psalm

Are you behind?

You have 2 options! 

  1. You can throw in the towel and you will regret it!
  2. Read the schedule below…..(Find where you left off).
    • If it was WAY before April 8, this is your JUMPING IN SPOT!!
Apr 8: 1Sam 1-3
Apr 9: 1Sam 4-8
Apr 10: 1Sam 9-12
Apr 11: 1Sam 13-14
Apr 12: 1Sam 15-17
Apr 13: 1Sam 18-20;
Apr 14: 1Sam 21-24
Apr 17: 1Sam 25-27
Apr 19: 1Sam 28-31;
Apr 21: 2Sam 1-4
May 1: 2Sam 5:1-10;
May 4: 2Sam 5:11-6:23; 

May 7: 2Sam 7;
May 9: 2Sam 8-9;
May 11: 2Sam10;

This will keep you historically up to date.  THEN you will do 2 things:

  1.  When you are cleaning the house, folding laundry, pulling weeds….You will click here and listen to 1 Chronicle which is a REPEAT read so it will be a great recap.  It will be fun to do because you will be like “Oh my stars, I get it!!”
  2. Promise that you will sit outside one day and read the Psalms.

 

1 Chronicles · 2 Samuel · Psalm

2 Samuel 10, 1 Chronicles 19, Psalm 20

Small reading today but these victories set the stage for the turning point for David.  In an attempt to show kindness, Hanun, the new Ammonite leader,  took some bad advice and assumed the worst about David’s men.  In ancient times, shaving one’s own beard was done only during deep mourning from a national catastrophe (such a foreshadow).  The Israelites were humiliated by having their beards shaved, their garments cut and their body exposed.

Estudio Biblia: 2 SAMUEL 10. Propuesta de paz

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David’s kingdom was thriving and it appeared nothing could stop the nation from growing.  Today’s read puts us at the turning point for Israel.

Here is my question:  What was David doing that he was so busy that he didn’t come to greet the new leader of the Ammonites himself???  Was he at war, busy helping his men??  


Psalm 20 is a wonderful prayer as David’s men prepare for battle.  Notice the word “we”:

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

1 Chronicles · 2 Samuel

2 Samuel 8-9, 1 Chronicles 18

This read is bittersweet only because I know what is on the horizon. These chapters sum up a series of battles that grow the land that was conquered from 6,000 sq. miles to 60,000 sq miles.  “The Lord gave David victory wherever he went”

 

The Nations Defeated by King David

10. David's Rise, Fall, and Punishment (2 Samuel 8-12). Life of ...

I spent quite a bit of time in my research chasing rabbits and something new I learned is that conquering this land gave David’s kingdom many mines, specifically copper.  Mining will be instrumental to David’s vision of building a “House” for God instead of the current tent.


Chapter 9:   This chapter highlights the character and integrity of David.  Typically a new king seeks and kills any heirs from the former King.  In this case, David finds Saul’s grandson Mephiboshen and honors the covenant he made with Jonothan before he died.


1 Chronicles 18

14 David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people.”

1 Chronicles · 2 Chronicles

2 Samuel 7 and 1 Chronicles 17

This is a VERY IMPORTANT READ.  It is not long so find a quiet place to hang on EVERY WORD.  We have talked about Covenant in the past.  There is conditional and unconditional.  The Covenant with Noah and Abraham was UNCONDITIONAL.  It did not matter what happened going forward God would NEVER break his Covenant.

Noahic Covenant:

  • He will preserve the Earth
  • He will preserve his creatures

Abrahamic Covenant:

  • The Promised Land of Canaan
  • The Promise of Numerous Offspring
  • The Promise of Blessings into the World

The Mosaic Covenant, however, was “Conditional”.  The Covenant given at Mt. Sinai was dependent on Israel’s obedience to following the Laws given.  Blessings were dependent on obedience.

Regardless of all the jaw-dropping moments, we have read, God has never broken the Covenant with Abraham and Noah.  Now we come to one of the most important chapters in the Bible: The Covenant was given to David: The Davidic Covenant.


Let’s start with verse 1: After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”

David is living in a Palace made of Cedar (Cedar was a big deal back in those days) and God was living in a tent.  I can picture David looking out his window and his heart breaks over this.   HOWEVER, is God really living in a tent?? NO.  The ark is the symbol of His Presence for the community, God, however, is everywhere!

Skip to Verse 7: Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’  Code for “I don’t need a house!!”

Verse 8-11  Go back and circle all the “I” commands in the speech.  David is not the “caretaker” for the Lord, the Lord is the caretaker for David.

Ready: Let’s do this…I am unglued!  This Covenant has 2 layers: Near Fulfillment and Far Fulfillment. David/Messiah

“‘The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom.  He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.  I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands.  But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you.  Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me  your throne will be established forever.’”

This is an unconditional covenant made between God and David through which God promises David and Israel that the Messiah would come from the lineage of David and the tribe of Judah and would establish a kingdom that would endure forever. The Davidic Covenant is unconditional because God does not place any conditions of obedience upon its fulfillment. (thank heavens!)

Jesus Christ was called the ” Son of David” according to the Davidic covenant. The promise that David’s house and throne would be established eternally is important because it is a prophecy concerning the coming Messiah—specifically, that He would come from the house of David.

Let’s read a “begat” (fun word to say)

  • Click here to read The Gospel of Matthew 1: read the first verse (actually read the first 6)
  • Click here to read The Baptism Genealogy David is in both of them (but 2 different sons listed) (They WHY on that is mindblowing if you want to research it!)

David’s Prayer.  Picture David praying this in his lavish cedar palace surrounded by the warriors and The Three to protect him.  He is a King!  Yet this prayer….oh this prayer,  he has the perfect attitude about who he is and whose he is.  Ten times he referred to himself as “your servant” and eight times he called God his “Master”.  The flow of this prayer went:  thankfulness for his promise, to praise for what God had done in the past, to petition for the future fulfillment of God’s promises.  David’s prayer included humility, gratitude, praise, remembrance, and acknowledgment.  Truly a man after God’s own heart!


 

1 Chronicles · 2 Samuel

2 Samuel 5:11-6:23 and 1 Chron 13-16

Everyone has their own way of studying…this is how I study this section:  I read 2 Samuel.  I research and study.  Then I read 1 Chronicles.  If at that point I understand 1 Chron, then I know I am good to go.


2 Samuel

Well, David has been busy making babies.  Refer to the David Genealogy we printed. (click here)

 

David is no stranger to the Philistines.  Since the day of Goliath, the name Philistines has been in his life.  They have been enemies and he has been in their land hiding from Saul.  They grew accustomed to David being around until they heard he wasn’t JUST the king of Judah, now he has been anointed the King of Israel (and Judah).  You can see now the Philistines see him as a threat.  David even as king, consulted with the Lord on all his decisions (for now).

Map of the Territory of the Philistines (Bible History Online)


Chapter 6

If you went back to 1 Samuel 6 and 7 you would remember that the Ark was stolen by the Philistines and then when it was returned it was kept in a house….in a house!!!  Could you imagine the knock on the door that day!

1 Samuel 7

So the men of Kiriath Jearim came and took up the ark of the Lord. They brought it to Abinadab’s house on the hill and consecrated Eleazar his son to guard the ark of the Lord. The ark remained at Kiriath Jearim a long time—twenty years in all.

 

So this sweet boy named Uzzah puts his hand out and touches the Ark when the oxen stumbled, and The Lord was so angry He struck him dead right then and there.  If this is your first time reading this story this may seem harsh…I mean c’mon his heart is in the right place!  Oh, how I have used that phrase many, many times….”Well, her heart is in the right place”.  I even use it on myself “Well, I am going to do that or not do that…it doesn’t really matter because my heart is in the right place!  No!  The scriptures don’t affirm that, it is black and white…do what is right!

  • Why is the Ark on a cart?? I may have skimmed a little during some of the law (only when it was repeated I promise) BUT I definitely would have remembered a cart.   God is Holy and He will be treated as Holy.  ONLY members of the Kohath family in the Tribe of Levi are to carry the Ark using the special poles.

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  • Is Uzzah from the Kohath tribe?
  •  The Ark is NEVER to be touched.  Ever!  That’s why we have special poles!
  • God did not stumble…the Ox did!

If God had ignored this scene as they were bringing the Ark (The Lord) to Jerusalem He would be dismissing the process of how we spiritually and physically approach God.  If God had ignored this moment it would have said “All that I have taught you about who “I AM'”, was wrong and you don’t have to follow my decrees, as long as your heart is in the right place.  This has to be one of the best stories in the Bible to think about all day.  How do we view or approach the Lord?  Has Uzzah been living with The Ark in his house for so long he has grown “too comfortable” with the Presence of the Lord?   I am so sorry if you like the song “I am a friend of God”, but it drives me crazy!  He is the Almighty, All-Knowing, All-powerful, Creator of the Universe!`Uzzah may have had his heart in the right place but how he approached the Lord was wrong and God used this as a HUGE teachable moment for David and the Israelites.

So what appears to be a harsh moment in the Bible is the absolute opposite.  What should the consequence have been for all of them that day?  What should the consequence be for us?  Today is a great day to take a step back and think about our reverence for Our Lord.


David himself took a 3-month “moment” to collect himself and move the Ark correctly.  Again, could you imagine the knock at the door at Obed-Edom’s house?  The Ark eventually will be in Jerusalem.  As David returns and follows the directions for properly moving the Ark, he brings it to a town called Gibeon, about 6 miles just outside the town of Jerusalem.

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1 Chronicles: Besides the awesome detail (for geeks like me), how amazing is it to read Asaph and how the Psalms are incorporated.  I tend to think of them as scrolls that were written.  They were sang, read, memorized..used!

The next 2 days are Psalms.  Please mark your calendar for May 7th as we turn the page to 2 Samuel 7 and 1 Chronicles 17.  Let’s call this 7-17!  It is a HUGE HUGE READ that without it, I don’t know how anyone reads the New Testament!

 

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2 Samuel 5:1-10 and 1 Chronicles 11-12

Just like when we read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, we read the same time period from different perspectives intended for different audiences.  That is how we will be reading for a little while.  Many of you will prefer 2 Samuel, others will prefer the Chronicles.  What is important is not what is the same but looking for what is different.  The Chronicler is going to depict David’s victories and the support from the nation in stark contrast to the struggles David has through  1 Sam, 2 Sam, and the Psalms.

2 Samuel 5:1:10

This is the 3rd anointing of David.  The first one was a private ceremony with Samuel (1 Samuel 16:13), then he was anointed king of Judah (2 Sam. 2:4), finally, David was so patient to wait on God’s timing to King him over All of Israel.

JERUSALEM- What a huge moment. A few reads ago we were talking about Mt. Zion (Jerusalem), in the Psalms and I showed you this:

 

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Mt. Zion is 2,540 feet above sea level, and to make it even harder to conquer is it sits on top of a Valley 1,300 below sea level.  When David marched out to conquer it, the Jebusites laughed!  Even the lame and blind would be able to fight off an army trying to take this city.  Well, David had a secret weapon….The Lord! David used the water shaft to gain entrance and took over the city called “The City of David”.  I have not been to Israel but I know some of you have and you can still see Warren’s shaft today.  Amazing!


1 Chron 11 and 12

Obviously a more detailed account of what happened.  The focus here is God. Jerusalem is centrally located, about 11 acres, with deep valleys on 3 sides, and possessed an excellent water source.  David takes immediate action to fortify the city as his capital.  David’s capture of Jerusalem was foundational to all the political and religious events that will follow.

David honors the Lord for this defeat by pouring his drink (as a drink offering) to the Lord. Chapter 11 closes with giving credit to the military men who risked their lives to starting with “The Three”.

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David’s Men (his inner circle), the additional 30 are named as loyal warriors that provide protection for King David.


Chapter 12- The chapter is split in half showing the support David received before and after king Saul going back to the days when David was in Ziklag.  I particularly like the verse that ends the first half:

22 Day after day men came to help David, until he had a great army, like the army of God.

Starting in verse 23 the Chronicler shows the support from ALL the nations for David after the death of Saul.  We end with the entire nation gathered around David celebrating his kingship.

They came to Hebron fully determined to make David king over all Israel. All the rest of the Israelites were also of one mind to make David king.

NOT that we need proof of this major historical event, but for those who may struggle with the Bible just being stories,  “not History”, then you would have to ignore discoveries archeologists find that confirm such events.

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