Monday, December 15, 2014

TAKE TIME: December 15-20, 2014 Assignment

Introduction: The chronicle continues an accounting of events that happened during the reign of King David. Included are the successful movement of the Ark to Jerusalem, military victories, and some very important promises!

  • Monday - I Chronicles chapter 14
  • Tuesday - I Chronicles chapter 15
  • Wednesday -  I Chronicles chapter 16
  • Thursday - I Chronicles chapter 17
  • Friday - I Chronicles chapter 18
  • Saturday - I Chronicles chapter 19
Memory Verse

 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.
I Chronicles 16:29

Prayer Journal (ACTS)
  • Adoration - Praise God that He is Eternal! For us, what we read in the Bible is either an historical account or a prophetic pronouncement of things to come. To God, they just "are." The future is just as certain as the past and counted as though they have already been accomplished.
  • Confession - Ask God to reveal hidden sin in your life and then confess it.
  • Thanksgiving - Thank God for any answers to your prayers.
  • Supplication - What are your prayer requests this week? List them for future reference so that you can see how God answers.

Search the Scriptures

Look for references for each of the following:
  • Promises that God made and to whom He made them. Do they apply to you?
  • References that either refer to or infer something about future events.
  • What does this passage teach about Jesus?
  • Commandments that God made and to whom He made them. Do they apply to you?

Putting the Word into Action

If you completed making the list of God's promises to you in last week's assignment then use that list to make a psalm of praise to God out of a thankful heart like David did. See I Chronicles 16:7-36 if you need any encouragement and inspiration.

Journal Through the Bible: Week 89 Saturday

I Chronicles chapter 13

David envisioned bringing the Ark of the Covenant from Kirjathjearim to Jerusalem so he consulted his captains and the congregation about this proposal. Unfortunately, he forgot to consult God's Word. David had the right idea but he went about it in the wrong way. It was a fatal error that cost a man named Uzza his life.

Does God issue any commands?

  • God did not speak in this chapter, but He killed Uzza for touching the Ark as the oxen stumbled that pulled the cart upon which it was riding. The Ark remained in a nearby house for 3 months. God had given specific commands in the Law concerning the moving of the Ark. David failed to follow those commands.

Does God make any promises?

  • God made no promises in this chapter, but God blessed Obededom the Gittite and his family for providing shelter for the Ark during those 3 months. Obviously this family treated the Ark with the utmost respect and reverenced it according to God's Law.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • The Ark of the Covenant is a symbol of Jesus and His redemptive work. Although salvation through Jesus is not by works, it is through God's work and He provides the means for attaining forgiveness of sins. This is repentance of our sin and trust in the atoning grace found only in the blood of Jesus Christ through which God provides the sinner mercy. As Jesus said, "I am the Way" and not one way. Salvation can be achieved but only according to God's plans and not according to a way that we devise by our own desires. It must be done in God's way or not at all. Jesus did it God's way. We are to accept God's way of salvation and not seek to attain it in our own way. Man's way always leads to death.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • New Jerusalem is the desired eternal resting place. We can only rest there (which means being free from sin and all of its effects) if we follow God's plan for moving! Many wish to go there but few wish to humble themselves through repentance of their sins and submit themselves to Jesus. Those who relocate to the New Jerusalem will be there because they followed God's plan of salvation through Jesus Christ which is pictured by the Ark of the Covenant and its mercy seat between the Cherubim.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Read Through the Bible in 2014: December 15-20 Schedule

12/15/2014      Zechariah 12-14 Proverbs 17
12/16/2014      Ezra 5, 6 Proverbs 18
12/17/2014      Esther 1, 2 Proverbs 19
12/18/2014      Esther 3-5 Proverbs 20
12/19/2014      Esther 6-8 Proverbs 21
12/20/2014      Esther 9, 10 Proverbs 22

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 89 Friday

I Chronicles chapter 12

Many of the mighty men that helped David during those years that he had to hide from Saul were ambidextrous men from the tribe of Benjamin, Saul's own tribe and family. There were also men from the tribe of Gad who were so fearsome that they were described as having faces like lions and were so sure-footed that they were described as being as swift as roes (deer) upon the mountains. They were also such great swimmers that they crossed the Jordan while it was in flood stage and captured the nearby valleys. Some of the men of Manasseh defected to David when he was in the area around Ziklag.

Finally, there is a numerical account given of the men from each tribe that went to Hebron to confirm David as king following the death of Saul. Of particular interest is the way the Bible describes the men of Issachar. It says they "were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; . . ." It would be great to have God note such wisdom in us! Or perhaps, what is said of the men of Zebulun who "were not of double heart."

Does God issue any commands?

  • God does not speak, but a command is fulfilled when the people of Israel make David their king.

Does God make any promises?
  • God does not speak, but David made it clear to the men who came to him while he was in hiding that if they only came as spies to betray him to Saul the Lord would deal with them. This is because David was innocent of trying to usurp Saul's throne. God had said that David would rule in Saul's place. If anyone had a grievance about this they would find that they were fighting God and not David.
  • Amasai confirmed the belief that God had chosen David to lead the nation when he swore an oath of allegiance to him.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
  • Like David, Jesus is God's Chosen Ruler. And like David, men turn to Him individually and join His army. One day, like David, He will lead a mighty host built from those that God called and equipped.
  • There was great rejoicing and celebrating done by those who had "a perfect heart" and were "of one heart" once God's chosen king had taken the throne. Since Jesus is God's Chosen King a joyous celebration will be given in His honor, too, and the participants will be those who have a perfect heart.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • The confirmation and coronation of David as king of Israel is a foretaste of the events yet to follow when Jesus will ascend the throne. All will be in agreement. All will gladly pledge their allegiance. All will have understanding of the times. All will give what they have in His service. And all will celebrate and rejoice!