Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 90 Wednesday

I Chronicles chapter 16

There was great celebration after the Ark was in its place in the City of David! The king then gave gifts of bread, meat, and drink to the people. He then appointed certain of the Levites as musicians to play and sing worship music before the LORD GOD of Israel continually.

Does God issue any commands?

  • God does not speak.

Does God make any promises?

  • God does not speak.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • When David ratified the covenant, which in this case meant moving the Ark and having the priests offer the sacrifices and peace offerings before God, he finished his work by giving gifts to the people of the covenant. When Jesus ratified the covenant, which in His case meant fulfilling all of the work of Prophet, Priest, and King by offering Himself as the sacrifice and a peace offering before the mercy seat of God, He cried "It is finished!" and provided gifts to the people of the covenant! People of the covenant are those who repent of their sins to God, trust Jesus Christ alone as the sacrifice of those sins, and who therefore receive mercy from God. What a wonderful gift!

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • This chapter tells that David gave gifts to the people of Israel and blessed them after he had finished the work of placing the Ark of the Covenant (or Testament) into its proper place. Revelation 11:18-19 says that Jesus, Lord God Almighty will give reward unto His servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear His name, small and great. Then the Apostle John says the temple of God was opened in heaven so that he could see the Ark of His Testament there.
  • David appointed musicians to continually provide songs of worship before the Ark of the Covenant. Revelation chapter 4 tells of the worship service that will go on continually before the Throne of God with 24 elders leading the service of praise! (Note of interest: Dr. Henry Morris speculated that the 24 "elders" might be the Patriarchs through whom Christ descended, specifically Adam to Pharez.)

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Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalms 19:14 (KJV)