The End Of David’s Reign

2 Chr 29:1-30

You might be wondering what has been happening in the last few days with the posts on the blog. If I am to be sincere, all I have been reading for the last one week or so were names and names, and more names. I did not want to bore you with a list of names, however that’s what a lot of Chronicles is about – We learnt a whole lot of those who were in David‘s workforce, the Captains, the Levites and so on.

Today we finally came to the end of the first book of Chronicles, as David prepares to depart, leaving a strong legacy and instructions for Solomon his son. His priority first and foremost was the house of God. He willingly gave of his gold and substance for the building of the temple. There was a great motivation among all the people as well as they all willingly brought their substances, till everything needed was overflowing.

David blessed the Lord before the congregation of the people, gave thanks for all that God had brought him through as well as the whole of Israel, from the times of the forefathers. He also prayed for  his son Solomon. All the people togeher then blessed the Lord, and offered sacrifices to him. They also made Solomon king, and he took his place on the throne.

David lived old, reigning forty years in all as king. He fulfilled the number of his days in riches, glory and honour. All through his life, he retained a heart and passion for God, which he handed over to his son Solomon. We also have a responsibility as such, to live fully, and hand over a good legacy to those after us.

So help us God!

The Divisions of the Sons of Aaron

1 Chr 24:1-31

Continuing from where we left off yesterday, attention was drawn in particular to the divisions of the family of Aaron, Moses‘ brother. Aaron had four sons: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithmar. Focus was on Eleazar and Ithamar as Nadab and Abihu died early before their father – this was because they offered strange fire unto God (see Leviticus 9&10).

Zadok and Ahimelech, both priests during the time of David, were from the families of Eleazar and Ithamar respectively. the sons of Eleazar were also described to have more chief men than those from Ithamar. Both families were divided according to lots to be responsible for different services in the house of the Lord.

Chronicles continue to give us insight into names and families with their functions, especially during the reign of David. Everything was indeed in order.

 

 

The Levites Numbered

1 Chr 23:1-32

As David became old, and prepared to hand over the kingdom to Solomon his son, he gathered all the princes of Israel, the priests and the Levites together. Attention was then given to the Levites and their divisions, with families and responsibilities.

The Levites were largely responsible for services in the temple, and David was really keen on this as he prepared to depart life. they were responsible as officers, judges, porters, instrumentalists and musicians. The three main divisions were according to the sons of Levi : Gershon, Kohath and Merari. So the Levites were numbered or chronicled according to this.

The Levites would be responsible for the service of the house of the Lord, in the courts and chambers, in purifying the holy things, standing also to thank and praise God morning and evening, offer all burnt sacrifices, and generally keep charge of the tabernacle.

David gave attention to the temple before he died, he wanted everything to be orderly. How passionate are you about God and His house?

 

A Season of War

1 Chr 20:1-8

There was once a king in Israel who sent his captain to battle with the army, and they wasted the people of the land of Ammon. The king took the crown of the king of the people’s land, seeing that it weighed so much in gold, having numerous precious stones, he set it upon his own head. He also ordered that the people of the land be brought out and be cut with saws, harrows of iron, and axes. He then returned with much spoil to his own land, to the beautiful city of Jerusalem.

If I told you that the king I was talking about was David, you probably would challenge me to give my proof, but do not be surprised too much, that’s the kind of thing that happens during war as seen in the passage above. Apart from this war with the Ammonites, David and his men also fought with the Philistines at Gezer and Gath. During these wars, his brave men killed the giants from the families of the Philistines.

David and his men were indeed known as fierce warriors. The bloods he had shed at war was one of the reasons why Solomon had to be the one to build the temple of the Lord. However with his conquest and spoils, David already prepared the ground for a season of peace and abundant supplies for the building.

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Hanun’s Error

1 Chr 19:1-19

David‘s good intention was misinterpreted and this led to war. Hanun the son Nahash, king of Ammon, received bad counsel from his advisers and decided to treat David’s messengers badly when they visited to give him David’s comfort for the death of his father. He literarily disgraced them by shaving off the one half of their beards, and cutting off their garments in the middle, to their buttocks, before sending them away. David comforted the men for the disgrace, and when the Ammonites discovered their folly, the knew their would be war, so they hired the Syrians for help.

When David heard this, he sent Joab and the host of his men to war. Joab organized the army, with his brother Abishai leading against the Ammonites, and he against the Syrians. Both armies fled before the Israelites as God gave Israel victory. Eventually the Syrians made peace with Israel, and feared to ever help the Ammonites again.

God is a God of vengeance, when you have been wronged, he will come to your rescue and cause your enemies to be defeated and ashamed before you.

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A Psalm of Thanksgiving

1 Chr 16:1-43

The ark was brought to Jerusalem successfully, and also set it up in the tent pitched for it. Sacrifices were made along with offerings. David then blessed all the people and gave everyone of them a loaf of bread, meat and wine.

David the beautiful psalmist of Israel then composed a psalm of thanks to the Lord. It was a beautiful psalm that talks of the wondrous works of God and the need to give him thanks. He sand about God’s covenant with the fathers, the promise of a new land in Canaan, and how God brought his people safely into that land, not allowing them to be touched or harmed by kings.

The whole song is found below, we all need to give thanks to God, when we think deep, we find out that he really does deserve all our praise. Selah!

1 Chr 16: 8-36

1Ch 16:8 Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.
1Ch 16:9 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.
1Ch 16:10 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
1Ch 16:11 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.
1Ch 16:12 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
1Ch 16:13 O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
1Ch 16:14 He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth.
1Ch 16:15 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations;
1Ch 16:16 Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac;
1Ch 16:17 And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant,
1Ch 16:18 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance;
1Ch 16:19 When ye were but few, even a few, and strangers in it.
1Ch 16:20 And when they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people;
1Ch 16:21 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes,
1Ch 16:22 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
1Ch 16:23 Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation.
1Ch 16:24 Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.
1Ch 16:25 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.
1Ch 16:26 For all the gods of the people are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
1Ch 16:27 Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.
1Ch 16:28 Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
1Ch 16:29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
1Ch 16:30 Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.
1Ch 16:31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.
1Ch 16:32 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein.
1Ch 16:33 Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth.
1Ch 16:34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
1Ch 16:35 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.
1Ch 16:36 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the LORD.

 

 

Moving the Ark to Jerusalem II

1 Chr 15:1-29

Some few days back, we read of David‘s first attempt to move the Ark of God to Jerusalem. Uzza was killed in the process when he was trying to prevent the ark from falling over when the oxen stumbled. The same ark however when abandoned at Obed-edom‘s house brought him blessings.

While many questions were raised in David’s mind, coupled with fear and anger, today provides us with new light and understanding of what really went wrong. David now knew that the ark of God was to be carried by no other but the Levites, for it was them whom God had chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him forever. The ark was the symbol of God’s presence and he was here making it known to all that the laws he gave about how the ark should be treated, and who could serve in his presence  (or touch his ark) were obeyed to the letter.

Once beaten, twice wise! This time around, David assembled the children of Aaron and the Levites, called Zadok the priest, and requested that the Levites sanctify themselves in readiness to bring the ark of God to Jerusalem. God must be sought in due order, the previous occurrence could have been prevented if this order was sought.

So, David, with all the elders and the leaders of the people, brought the ark of the covenant of the Lord back to Jerusalem, with singing, dancing, offerings and sacrifices along the way. David was wearing a linen as he danced before the Lord and his people, but Michal, Saul’s daughter despised him for this.

What happens next? Come along with me!

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Battles with the Philistines

1 Chr 14:1-17

David‘s kingdom was being established in Jerusalem. Hiram, the king of Tyre, sent him timbers of cedars and carpenters to build him a house. He also got more wives and bore more children in Jerusalem.

When the Philistines however heard of David’s reign as king, they came to war against him. It is with respect to these battles that we saw how much David was dependent on God. He inquired of God for the right strategy to go into Battle with the Philistines. He found out if to go to battle and how to approach the battle. God gave David victory over the Philistines.

At another instance, the Philistines came against David again. This time around, God told him not to face them directly, but to come upon them over and against mulberry trees. God gave him the right signal to attack, and he had another great victory.

David’s fame continued to grow. he was indeed a man who treasured listening to God and knowing what God wanted him to do, and how to do it.

Does that describe you too??

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Moving the Ark to Jerusalem

1 Chr 13:1-14

David thought on the Ark of God, and decided that it was not good for the ark to be at Kirjath-jearim, so he sent out to the captains and leaders of the people. Prior to this, in the time of Saul, they had not been inquiring of the Lord through the ark, so all the people thought it was a good idea to bring the ark to Jerusalem.

However, while they were on their way towards Jerusalem, trouble struck. As David and all the people were bringing up the ark in a new cart, with singing and musical instruments, the oxen stumbled. In a bid to prevent the ark from falling off, Uzza, one of those driving the ark, put forth his hand to the ark to steady it, but he was smote by God, and he died there.

David was both afraid and angry. He thought he was doing a good thing for the name of the Lord, and kept wondering why God would kill Uzza, he asked, how would they now bring God’s ark to Jerusalem? So they left the ark of the Lord in the house of Obed-Edom. Surprisingly, Obed_Edom’s house was blessed when the ark of the Lord was with him.

Something strange is definitely happening here, what could that be? I think we would soon discover when the issue of the ark is revisited.

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All the King’s Men II

1 Chr 12:1-40

Yesterday, we learnt about David‘s chief men.  Today’s chapter elaborated more on the calibre of men he had from all the tribes of Israel, who came to him in Ziklag to make him king. These men were all describe as men with right hearts, who pledged their allegiance to David even when he was in trouble.

These men were from different tribes of Israel, each tribe with its own peculiarity. They were all very skilful, being able to use the bows, and use both the right and left hands in hurling stones and shooting arrows.

The men of Gad were described as going over the Jordan when it had overflown its banks, and put to flight the men of the valleys. The men of Mannaseh helped him against bands of rovers that fought him, the men of Judah bore shield and spear, the children of Simeon were mighty men of valour, and the tribes of Levi, Benjamin, Ephraim were all represented.

Notable were the sons of Isaachar, which were men of understanding and who knew what Israel ought to do. The men of Zebulun were described as experts in war likewise those from Dan and Asher, while the men of Naphtali hold the shield and spear well.

All these men could keep rank, and they all came with a perfect heart to David to make him king in Ziklag. They all brought substances and celebrated the new king together. They were indeed, “the King’s Men”.

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