Feb. 7, 2017
LET IT GLOW
I have a few friends who were chosen to be adopted into their family. How wonderful to know they were specifically loved by that family before they joined it. So it is with God's family. We were chosen before we were born. Read on, dear ones for a closer look.
Back in chapter 23, Ezra was writing David's final words, then inserted the information of the organization for Israel's religious, military, and civil leaders. Now he continues with David's final words before his death.
David gathers his leaders, who were his kin, together for his final speech.
What does King David have to say?
- He had in his heart to build a house of rest, a permanent residence for the Ark of the Covenant and a footstool of our God (Mercy Seat where He met His people). This was the focal point of Israel's worship (Ps. 132:7). In chapter 22, David had it in his mind to build a new Temple.
- He made the necessary preparations for building it, but God would no allow him since David had shed blood as a man of war. (verse 3)
Are we ok with someone else completing what we begin in the kingdom work?
LET IT GROW
Now comes the transition from David to Solomon, his son, as king over Israel. Notice that Ezra does not mention the conspiracy of Adonijah in an attempt to take the kingdom from his father, nor David's frailty (1 King's 1-2). Instead, what he focused on is God's plans for Israel and the promise to David's descendants. The kingdom of Israel belonged to the LORD, not the kings ruling over it. A king was only commissioned to carry out God's will for the nation.
So God chose the one He wanted to rule-Judah, David, and Solomon. The word chosen appears 4 times in verses 4,5, 6, and 10. In the Hebrew language, chosen (bachar: baw-khar') means select; acceptable; appoint; excellent.
Ephesians 1:4-6 says ...in Christ, According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love; Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved.
Did you catch that, friends? God chose us to be His child before He created anything on earth or anywhere. It was by His grace, good pleasure, and will that He adopted us. Glory to the Lord on High!
Are you a chosen Child of God? Thank Him for such love and mercy shown!
LET IT GO
Be faithful to do my part in God's kingdom work.
If someone else is chosen to complete that work, accept it.
Thank You Lord for choosing me to be Your child.