O. T. #896 "A Castle and City"
Jan. 3, 2016
1 Chronicles 11
LET IT GLOW
After the Jews captivity in Babylon and returned to Jerusalem to reestablish a nation, Ezra wrote this book to teach and remind them of their heritage. So far, we have learned about the genealogy of Israel, their heritage, and connection to the Patriarchs. Then Israel's first king, Saul. Now the rest of this book discusses King David's reign over Israel and his accomplishments as well as the Jewish covenant with God, worshiping Him, their priesthood, Levites and singers, and the Temple.
Omitted by Ezra are the details of the kings, David's sin with Bathsheba, his son Absalom's rebellion, and son Adonijah's usurpation of the throne. Even the history of Elijah and Elisha and their ministry in the northern kingdom is omitted. (Falwell)
After Saul's death, he reigned as king in Hebron over Judah for 7 1/2 years, which is mentioned in 2 Samuel 5. He was age 30 when David began to reign as king of Israel, being king over both Israel and Judah for 33 years. This is not mentioned here. However, two additions are given concerning David's call and anointing and his securing Jerusalem for his capital.
Keep in mind Israel was a united kingdom under the reigns of Saul, David and Solomon. David must have been a wonderful man. Although, it took him 12-15 years wondering in the wilderness running for his life from jealous Saul that he developed into "a man after God's own heart." It was through those challenging times that he wrote so many Psalms for us that provide encouragement. This godly man was used by God to be the influence Israel needed.
What kind of influence do we have in our little piece of the world?
LET IT GROW
David's nephew Joab, who became the captain of David's army, conquered Jerusalem from the Jebusite inhabitants.
In verse 5b, David took the castle of Zion, which is the city of David.
Then David took up residence there, built up the city around the existing one, including the supporting terraces, and the surrounding wall.
And David became more and more powerful, because the LORD Almighty was with him.
What are we doing in our castle and city? Are we an influence of faith in Jesus? Is our faith growing stronger because Almighty God is with us?
LET IT GO
Surrender to God as an instrument of influence for his kingdom.
Grow stronger in faith in Jesus as I walk daily with Him.
Show someone love today. Do a nice deed; meet a need.