Tag: King David

Rejoicing in Mt. Zion!

Scripture reading for April 18th:  1 Chronicles 9-13

Key Scriptures:  1st Chronicles 11:4-5, 7-9 “David and all the Israelites marched to Jerusalem (that is, Jebus).  The Jebusites who lived there said to David, “You will not get in here.”  Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion, the City of David.  . . .David then took up residence in the fortress, and so it was called the City of David. . . .And David became more and more powerful, because the Lord Almighty was with him.”  

Newly anointed King David led the Israelites to capture the city of Jebus.  The Jebusites were adamant that David could not take the city, but God was with him and he conquered the city and set up residence there.  It would be known as “Jerusalem”, also as “Zion”, and as the “City of David” along with several other names!  From David’s line would come a Son of God, Jesus Christ, who would rule eternally on the throne of that “City of the Great King!”

Rejoice today in Zion:  “But you have come to Mt. Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the Living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the Firstborn; whose names are written in heaven.  You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant. . .”  (Hebrews 12:22-24)

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How the mighty have fallen!

Scripture reading for March 29th: 2nd Samuel 11-14

In my years in the church, I have witnessed a number of moral failures.  Many of these have been in ministry and were men and women of God who had powerful ministries and were great people of influence in the church and community.  Those in ministry have caring hearts and are often the target of Satan.  Satan knows that if he can get a man or woman of God to compromise, he has a good opportunity to trip up many in the church as well.  These moral failures were often a result of pride and lack of accountability.

King David decided to stay home from the battlefield and take a break.  He was about 50 years old at this time.  While resting at home, he saw his neighbor’s wife bathing and sent for her.  They had a sexual encounter and she conceived a child.  (2nd Samuel 11:4-5)  When David was notified, he sent for her husband, Uriah.  David hoped to have Uriah spend time with his wife but the plan failed.  King David sent Uriah back with orders for Joab, his army commander,  to have Uriah killed in battle.

David’s failure to restrain his passions brought an unwanted pregnancy.  David essentially had Bathsheba’s husband murdered.  (2nd Samuel 11:25-27)  David then married Bathsheba.  This turn of events displeased the Lord!

Sexual sins are deadly!  David’s son, Solomon, also born to him through Bathsheba, wrote that the door of adultery leads to hell and death.   (Proverbs 7:26-27)   God has joined the man and woman together as one in flesh and spirit.  They are a picture of Christ and His bride, the Church!  (Ephesians 5: 31-32)  When we separate what God has joined together, we open the door to violence between the parties involved.  (Malachi 2:15-16)   David was moved on by Satan to have Bathsheba’s husband murdered and the child that was conceived died as a consequence!

Check your own heart today in this area of sexual lust and sexual sins.  Have you been looking at things you should not be looking at?  Have you entertained temptation rather than resisting it?  Are you emotionally involved with someone who is not your mate?  Flee temptation today and turn to the Lord for forgiveness and help!  David’s own advice can be found in Psalm 32: 1-6!

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A People, a King, and a Kingdom!

Scripture reading for April 17: 1st Chronicles 1-9

The Book of Chronicles was originally the last book in the Hebrew Scriptures.  It begins with a listing of names starting with Adam and going through Noah. (1st Chronicles 1:1-4) From there it takes the three sons of Noah and tells of their descendants.  From Shem, the genealogy follows Abraham’s line through Isaac and Ishmael.  Then the line is continued through Isaac to Jacob (Israel).  (1st Chronicles 2:1)  Jacob’s line is traced to Jesse, the father of David and then picks up David’s family as well.  (1st Chronicles 3:1-9) The last chapters of today’s reading cover the children of each of the twelve sons of Israel and their offspring.

What can we gain from this somewhat boring portion of Hebrew history?  Is there any good to come from this repetition of people, offspring, and historical tidbits?

We actually can gain confidence and insight into the heart of God from this passage of Scripture.  First, God keeps good books!  He cares about names and people as well as what they did!  This gives us confidence about the Book of Genesis as a source book for God’s people throughout their history.  God knows each person by name and knows and remembers their children as well as their faith. He also has a plan to bring forth a King, His Son, through a specific line of people.

One example of a remembrance concerns Reuben, the firstborn son of Israel (Jacob).  He is noted for defiling his father’s marriage bed and losing his rights as firstborn because of this.  (1st Chronicles 5:1-3)  Another note concerns the sons of Levi and his descendant, Merari.  His sons were put into service by King David to minster with music before the tabernacle and Tent of  Meeting until Solomon built the temple.  (1st Chronicles 6:29-32)  The people of Judah were noted for being taken captive to Babylon because of their unfaithfulness and then being the first to resettle on their own property afterward.  (1st Chronicles 9:1-2)

We would do well to realize today that God has a plan.  He gives each person a name and holds each one responsible for how they respond to what they know.  By grace He chooses people to fulfill His purposes.  He will have a people who will rule His Kingdom under the rule of His Son Jesus Christ who came through the lineage of David!  Praise the Lord for His faithfulness!

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Sunday rest and reflection: Psalm of Thanks

As we reflect back on this week’s reading and thank the Lord for His wonderful Grace, I am drawn to the psalm of thanks written by King David in 1st Chronicles 16:8-36.  This is quoted again in part in three other psalms in the Book of Psalms; 105, 96, 106.  This psalm of thanks was composed when the Ark of the Covenant was brought back to Jerusalem after being away in captivity and then at the house of Obed-Edom.  This is the time that David took off his kingly robes and danced before the Lord with all his might.  (2nd Samuel 6:12-16)  He was overjoyed to have the presence and blessing of God in Jerusalem, the city of David.

The psalm has a joyful tone and is boastful of the Lord and his great miracles and mercies!  It exhorts singing, praying, rejoicing, remembering, giving, declaring, trembling, crying out, and thanksgiving  from all peoples! The desire of God to spread His fame to the nations of the earth is a recurring theme! (1st Chronicles 16:8,24,28,31,35) God wants the nations aware of his wonders, miracles, and judgments.  He wants nations to know His Glory too. He exhorts the nations to ascribe to the Lord the glory due His Name.  He desires the nations to understand that the Lord who made the heavens and earth reigns supreme!

The last verses of this psalm encourage God’s people to cry out to the Lord to save them from the nations!  Although God desires the nations to be saved, He desires His people to come out from the nations and join the kingdom of God.  God is the only one who can save and deliver!  God is the only one worthy of all praise and thanksgiving!  He reigns from everlasting to everlasting!  (1nd Chronicles 16:35-36)  Let all God’s people say “Amen”.

What a great reflection on this seventh day of rest!  God has not changed!  He is desirous of all nations knowing Him and coming under His eternal rule!  We are to share His marvelous works and deeds with all nations and every person!  We are to worship, sing, remember, give, thank, seek, rejoice, cry out, declare, and praise this God who reigns from everlasting to everlasting!  Have a great day of rest and joy!  Jesus Christ is Lord!

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