January 26, 2017
1 Chronicles 22
LET IT GLOW
When we confess our sins, the way is opened for God to bring good from a bad situation. Out of David's tragic mistake came the purchase of a plot of land that would become the site of God's temple, the symbol of God's presence among His people. Every time the people went to the temple they would remember that God is their true King and that everyone, including their human king, is fallible and subject to sin. God can make good happen even from our sins. (Life Application Study Bible)
King David had taken a census in Israel, which revealed his unbelief in trusting God to protect and provide for his nation. As he trusted in his vast army, this act resulted in 70,000 men being killed from a plague as judgment from God. David confessed his sin and begged God to not attack those in Jerusalem, and He showed mercy in not doing so. David purchased the plot of land at that place, the thressingfloor of Ornan. There David built an altar and made sacrifices unto his God. That plot of land became the site for the new Temple (David dedicated it) which David's son Solomon would build. That is where we are in our story, which is an actual event.
However, God had told David that he would not be the one to build the Temple due to his shedding of blood, being a warrior. Solomon would carryout David's plans and use David's materials.
In verses 1-19, David gave 3 charges to:
- the workman (verses 2-5);
- Solomon (verses 6-16);
- the leader (verses 17-19).
Materials were obtained from the lands David's army conquered-gold, silver, iron, brass, and cedar purchased from Tyre. (verses 1-4)
Do we make preparations to do God's work? What about including others in what we know is His will?
LET IT GROW
Have you toured the White House? I haven't yet, but you can see the inside on a virtual tour on the internet. It must by quite an extraordinary building. David had plans for the Temple to be more than an extraordinary building. How did he describe it?
Look at verse 5: And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be builded for the LORD must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries...
The phrase exceeding magnifical means above excellent (superior, first class).
David was not allowing sloppy work on God's House. As we have read the description of the Temple, we know tat it truly was an exceeding magnifical Temple.
Do we allow our self to do sloppy work for the Lord, or do we do our best? Is our work of excellence for God's glory? Do we spread His fame throughout the earth?
Exodus 9:16 NLT says but I have spared you for a purpose-to show you my power and to spread my fame throughout the earth.
LET IT GO
Do my best for the Lord Jesus, not sloppy work.
Use my Lord Jesus, to spread Your fame throughout the earth.