Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Bible Study Notes in 1 Chronicles- Chapter 25

1 Chronicles 25

-David, along with the commanders of the army, appointed (separated out) men from the families of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun “to prophesy with harps, lyres, and cymbals (1 Chronicles 25:1).” Again this was a service for the House of the LORD under the authority of this earthly king and the Heavenly Father. They cast lots for their duties, “the small as well as the great, the teacher as well as the pupil,” for their positions in service (1 Chronicles 25:2-31).

-*Application* It is interesting that the word “prophesy” is used for this type of worship. This should set our focus to the fact that music can speak the Word of God just as effectively as the spoken Word through proclamation of preaching. Think of the many impactful Christian musicians who are in the world today spreading the message of the Kingdom of God in powerful and effective ways. We should never minimize the influence these have on the awakening of a society and culture. I have often stated that the musicians are the modern day prophets and evangelists. Agree or disagree? This also should convict us of what we listen to in our cars as we travel down the road, while we are working, or whatever. Christian radio indeed has a voice for God, so listen to it whenever possible rather than secular and worldly trash.

Verse to Memorize: 1 Chronicles 25:1

Monday, September 25, 2017

Bibles Study Notes in 1 Chronicles- Chapter 24

Chapter 24

-This chapter lists the divisions of the Levities as they came into their service in the Temple of God. “These were their offices for their ministry when they came in to the House of the LORD according to the ordinances given to them through Aaron their father, just as the LORD God of Israel had commanded him (1 Chronicles 24:19).”

-*Application* Every individual has his or her place in the body of Christ. There is no unimportant part (Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12). As God wills, let Him do His work in you to complete your mission, service, purpose, and legacy as His child.

Verse to Memorize: 1 Chronicles 24:19

Friday, September 22, 2017

Bible Study Notes in 1 Chronicles- Chapter 23

1 Chronicles 23

-David now in his old age makes Solomon the succeeding king over the realm of Israel. He gathers the leaders together and consecrated the work of the priests and Levities over the worship of Yahweh in Jerusalem now that rest had come (1 Chronicles 23:1-25). This was now to be a stable and permanent place for the LORD to dwell, and assignments were made along the traditional Levitical lines according to divisions, skills, and talents. These oversaw the work of the House of the LORD in listed capacities as a service unto God and His holy worship. They were to keep this charge continually and perpetually day by day with thanks and praise, morning and evening, new moons, and fixed festivals (1 Chronicles 23:28-32).

-*Application* God wants consistency out of us as well. Do we habitually come to Him every morning to consecrate our own day as a living sacrifice before Him (Romans 12:1-2)? Remember, we are now the Temple of God with His Holy Spirit indwelling us as believers (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19, 2 Corinthians 6:16). This is what it means to take up our cross daily, crucify our own selfishness, and follow Christ Jesus (Matthew 10:38, Luke 9:23, 1 Corinthians 15:31).

Verse to Memorize: 1 Chronicles 23:25

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Bible Study Notes in 1 Chronicles- Chapter 22

1 Chronicles 22

-Jerusalem becomes the focal point of the worship of the LORD in Israel at this point and time in history. God’s design for this place on earth had been previously revealed to His covenant people (God’s provision and blessing in the binding of Isaac on this Mount Moriah, Genesis 22:1-18, 2 Chronicles 3:1), but now His house would be built as a place of prayer for all the nations (2 Chronicles 6:33, Isaiah 56:7, Mark 11:17). This has proven to be true in every sense of the phrase. This is the place where Jesus was crucified for the sins of the entire world, and the place where He resurrected. It is the place where the Holy Spirit invaded humanity to indwell us believers as a fulfillment of the New Covenant (Acts 1:11-2:4). It is the place where the Messiah will return to earth one day (Zechariah 14:4, Acts 1:11-12).

-David begins to make intense preparations (1 Chronicles 22:14) for the immense task of building this “exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious” place for the LORD’s Spirit to dwell as a witness to all lands (1 Chronicles 22:5). The reason God would not allow David to build the Temple himself is given in this chapter. David was a man who shed much blood upon the earth as a man of violence before the LORD. God instead needed a man of peace and rest (Solomon’s name means “peaceful”) to build His House. In quiet and reverence, the work of the LORD’s Temple would be completed (1 Chronicles 22:6-9). David gives his son charge over the project and relinquishes control as a humble servant of the Living God who had given His orders. David speaks eternal blessing over the work and success of it with warnings about maintaining discretion, understanding, abiding, and observation of everything the LORD commands (1 Chronicles 22:10-13a). Strength and courage, like in the days of Joshua and other great men of God, are extolled by David upon his son, Solomon. No fear or emotion of dismay was to be a factor in his walk with this charge (1 Chronicles 22:13b). The purpose for the importance of this work is described at the end of the chapter. This House was to be a sanctuary (a holy place, an abode) of the Lord God that would house His Ark of the Covenant and the holy vessels of God, “for the Name of the LORD (1 Chronicles 22:19).”

-*Application* There is no doubt that this place was, is, and will be a consecrated House of worship unto the Maker of the Universe. I have been to this place and it is the most spiritually powerful place I have ever experienced. There are no words to describe it. It is also marvelous in our experience to know that the Holy Spirit makes His Temple in our hearts now as believers in Christ Jesus. Think about this deeply and bask in His presence today as a child of the King!

Verses to Memorize: 1 Chronicles 22:13, 19

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Bible Study Notes in 1 Chronicles- Chapter 21

1 Chronicles 21

-In this chapter we see some great intensity and anger from the LORD over the issue of pride in the heart of King David. David commands a census to be taken of all the warriors in his kingdom to his commander Joab. The first verse of the chapter says that “Satan stood up against Israel and moved David” in this matter (1 Chronicles 21:1-6). This was not demonic possession, but it was a great temptation that got a hold of the king and persuaded him to do wrong in the sight of God. There was nothing in the Law that prohibited numbering the people, and it had been done before (Numbers 1 & 2 along with other instances, the Jewish people kept very accurate records of their population). But, this matter was all about pride in the strength of his human army rather than reliance of the Almighty Father in Heaven. David, as Joab realized, was trusting and leaning on his own military power more than relying on God’s provision and authority. This was the great sin in the matter.

-*Application* There is a fine line between feeling confident in God’s power in reliance and becoming proud because you have been used of God for great things. Often, our motivation, not the action itself, is what contains the difference between right and wrong, or purity and sin. Therefore, we must constantly check our motives before we act on a situation or issue. Take good heed to this biblical advice in your life.

-David soon realizes his mistake and did an abrupt confession as the LORD struck Israel in His displeasure (1 Chronicles 21:7-8). He knew he had acted foolishly and repented of his sin, but the consequences would still be severe. Gad, David’s seer (communication link between him and God), comes to him at the word of the LORD with three choices for the purpose of discipline. The first was three years of famine, the second was three months of being swept away by the foes of Israel, the third was three days of the sword of the LORD, even pestilence in the land, and the angel destroying throughout the territory of Israel (1 Chronicles 21:9-12). David, with great distress, trusted God’s mercies over man’s in the matter and chose the three days of torment by the angel of the LORD. 70,000 men of Israel fell as a result of David’s pride and disobedience. God did eventually take pity as He observed what was about to happen in Jerusalem at Ornan the Jebusite’s threshing floor. At this point David lifted his eyes up and actually saw the angel of the LORD standing between earth and heaven with his drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 21:16). At this point David takes honest and sincere responsibility for his innocent people as a great leader and cries out to the LORD on their behalf (1 Chronicles 21:17). An altar is made with the purchase of Ornan’s threshing floor and penitence is made at the command of the LORD through the message of Gad. At the time the tabernacle and altar for burnt offering that Moses had made was a two hour journey to the north and west in Gibeon, a Benjaminite city. David could not go before it there, “for he was terrified by the sword of the angel of the LORD (1 Chronicles 21:29-30).”

-*Application* The Bible rightly says that “it is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the Living God (Hebrews 10:31).” While God gives grace, His wrath and discipline can be overwhelming as we see in this passage. Fear God, and it will lead you in the right direction. Do your own thing and pay the price. David got the message quick, and hopefully we can too.

Verse to Memorize: 1 Chronicles 21:8

Monday, September 18, 2017

Bible Study Notes in 1 Chronicles- Chapter 20

1 Chronicles 20

-This precise and short chapter describes briefly some of the conflicts the nation of Israel had in ongoing wars with neighboring people groups. It begins with a time phrase of the spring time assault on the land of the sons of Ammon and in particular Rabbah. This depiction does not include any of the details as to what happened as David stayed in Jerusalem, but we get a fuller picture of his disastrous activities in idleness during this campaign when we parallel it with 2 Samuel 11 & 12. This was the time of his great sin with Bathsheba in adultery and the murder of the husband-warrior who trusted his king, Uriah. Although the LORD worked good in this situation by providing the royal line of Solomon, this time had profound negative results in David’s family life, and his kingdom was never the same in its purity. Chronicles chooses not to focus on this, but this is the reality when we cross reference from other Scripture to get the full details (see 2 Samuel 13-24).

-*Application* When God calls us to a work, we had better get with it and not sit back in idleness. We have all heard that “idleness is the devil’s workshop,” and this is true. We need to put our hands to the wheel, so to speak, and get busy with the mighty advancing work of the Kingdom. There is no time for self-pleasure and a propensity to go into “ease” where sin crouches at the door to steal our blessing (Genesis 4:7). We should never stay at home in our own Jerusalem.

-Nevertheless, the sons of Ammon were annihilated in their cities by David’s mighty warriors and great spoils were taken back to the king (1 Chronicles 20:1-3). After this, war broke out again with the Philistines at Gezer and again at Gath. Great men of gigantic proportions were killed and fell to the sons of Israel in these conflicts because of their taunts against God’s people. Victory upon victory occurred for the nation at this time (1 Chronicles 20:4-8).

-*Application* Do we have the courage to face giants like David and his mighty men did? Our giants often have a different form than these physical wonders of ancient times, but they are daunting none the less. These types of giants require faith and determination to come up against, which can only come from complete trust and reliance in the LORD. He is the One who ultimately fights our battles (Exodus 14:14, Deuteronomy 1:30, Joshua 10:25, Jeremiah 1:19), and He is the One who ultimately gives every great victory to what would otherwise be a superior opponent or obstacle. Live by faith as a valiant conqueror in Christ (Romans 8:37).

Verse to Memorize: 1 Chronicles 20:8

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Bible Study Notes in 1 Chronicles- Chapter 19

1 Chronicles 19

-David defends the honor of his messengers who went to console the grieving son of Nahash of Ammon, Hanun. However, the princes of the sons of Ammon convinced their ruler that these men were spies sent for an overthrow of their nation. They embarrassed the delegation (1 Chronicles 19:4), which made Israel angry as Ammon became “odious” to David. This led to their alliance with the Arameans with an attack, which came against Israel. Israel prevailed mightily in this conflict. Here is the key verse: “Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God; and may the LORD do what is good in His sight (1 Chronicles 19:13).” By the end the Arameans were no longer willing to help their former partners as mercenaries again because of a devastating defeat (1 Chronicles 19:19).

-*Application* Here is a case of returning evil for good (Proverbs 17:13) and having a suspicious heart that gets one into trouble. Here’s a better principle: “See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people (1 Thessalonians 5:15).” We need to view people with the best of intentions whenever possible. Until it is abundantly apparent that flattery or cunning is for certain, it is best practice to be appreciative of others good will towards you. They are more than likely trying to help us and comfort us as was the case in David’s nation. David rightfully got irritated with these that turned his good will away, and that started a serious conflict when Ammon escalated tensions by bringing in another ally for battle. This is how evil increases. It is a buildup of ill will toward opposing parties. Instead we should aim at peacemaking and being diplomatic as much as possible under the direction of the LORD in love (Matthew 5:9). When the time comes and we are vehemently attacked, as Israel was, it is imperative that we stand strong and courageous for the sake of our Christian people, our families, and our God. His will always prevails, and He will do what is good in His sight. The victory will be ours in Christ Jesus.

Verse to Memorize: 1 Chronicles 19:13