Today’s Bible reading: 1 Chronicles 16:37-18:17; Romans 2:1-24; Psalm 10:16-18; Proverbs 19:8-9
In 1 Chronicles 16:37-43 David specifically chooses certain people to perform certain tasks. Nothing gets done in life (at least not properly) without someone competent doing them. David did not just assume someone would do them, nor did he just expect “someone” (anyone) to do them. He chose these people by name (1 Chronicles 16:41) – knowing they were the best people for the job. This is a good example of leadership.
In 1 Chronicles 17 David desires to build God a permanent structure to house The Ark of the Covenant (1 Chronicles 17:1). This would have been essentially a house for God. But God says “no” (1 Chronicles 17:4). Sometimes we want to do something for God that is not what He wants for us. Maybe we’re not the best one to do it. Or maybe He has something else for us to do. Whatever the reason we need not be upset or sad about it.
Instead of David building a house for God, God will build a house for David in the form of a dynasty (1 Chronicles 17:7-10) that would rule forever. Although the kingly line of David was eventually broken due to sin, Jesus came on the scene and it was He who would have an everlasting reign over all the earth. Jesus, by the way, was a descendant of David which means that God kept the promise He made here.
In Romans 1 Paul wrote a vast list of sinful behaviors that separate people from God. In Romans 2:1 he reminds anyone who would condemn such behavior that they are just as bad. We are all sinners. Some of the sins we commit are different. Some are the same. But we should not look at anyone else and think we are less of a sinner. We are not.
Some may wonder why God doesn’t punish sin. Paul tells us in Romans 2:4 that God’s kindness and patience is meant to turn people towards Him and away from sin. Think about it. If someone treats you harshly for a mistake you make would you want to be closer or further from that person? How about someone who treats you kindly despite your mistake? By being kind to the sinner, God is trying to draw closer to that person.
Obedience is what makes us right with God (Romans 2:13). Since none of us obey God 100% of the time we are all in need of a savior who could get us right with God. That Savior is Jesus.
The Jews back then (and even today) believed that they would get special treatment from God because they were the ones to whom God gave “the law” (what we call the Old Testament). But that is not true. God shows no favoritism (Romans 2:11). Everyone’s life will be judged (Romans 2:16) – even the things no one else knows about. God knows everything.
Romans 2:23-24 is a great warning to Christians. When we break God’s law we are setting a poor example to non-believers. They see us sinning and think we are hypocrites. This causes them to distance themselves from God. None of us can be perfect – and non-believers need to realize that – but us Christians need to understand that we are being watched. Our behavior is noticed. We should not knowingly sin. And when we realize that we have we need to admit it and repent of it to the same public extent that we committed it.
During the first part of Psalm 10 the author laments the sin he sees around him. He ends the Psalm on a confident note in today’s portion. God is king. The ungodly will be banished from His presence (Psalm 10:16). As we learned in our reading today, God lets sin go on because He is giving people a chance to repent and turn to Him. But at some point time will be up. God does hear the cries of those in pain (Psalm 10:17) and will bring justice (Psalm 10:18). We can have great confidence in Him.
Proverbs 19:8 is great! We read a lot in the Bible about loving God or loving others. But loving ourselves is also very Biblical and one way we can love ourself is by improving ourself through learning. Taking a class is a way of loving yourself. Learning a new language or how to play a musical instrument are ways to love yourself. And of course, learning more about God from His word is as well.
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