Today’s Bible reading: 1 Chronicles 22-23:32; Romans 3:9-31; Psalm 12:1-8; Proverbs 19:13-14
Even though King David was not going to build God’s Temple he made preparations for the time when his son, Solomon, would build it (1 Chronicles 22:5). Here we see that just because we will not get to do something we’d like to do doesn’t mean we should do nothing.
We can help prepare the way for others to do it. We can offer our advice (1 Chronicles 22:6-10). We can also bless the person (people) doing the work as David blessed Solomon (1 Chronicles 22:11-13). The important thing is that we not resent God for His choices. God chose Solomon over David for the task of building the Temple. David was not bitter or angry. Instead he helped where he could. He helped prepare the way.
I was reading a commentary by Charles Spurgeon on this passage in which he compared it to telling others about the gospel. You may not see any results (i.e. they may not believe right then and there) but at least the way has been prepared for the next person who will speak the gospel into their lives. Great observation.
We’ve already read many times thus far this year how God is a God of organization. In 1 Chronicles 23 we see more of that.
Notice how David organized the Levites into groups for doing the work in the Temple – even before ground was broke for building it (1 Chronicles 23:2-6). This gave them time to train to do their appointed jobs.
Notice also that each family had a leader (1 Chronicles 23:18). God has appointed the husband/father to be the spiritual leader of each family. For some reason critics of the Bible claim that appointing men to be the family leaders is proof the Bible (and God) is misogynistic. Nonsense. God is not asking men to rule like Stalin. Men are called upon to lead with love.
God had to choose someone – He only had two choices. If he had chose no one then the husband and wife would either 1) both neglect to lead, or 2) clash over who should lead. So this is in no way a slight against women. It is a confirmation of the selfishness and laziness of human nature.
But it does mean that the husband will be accountable to God for the spiritual strength of his wife and children. With responsibility comes accountability. In God’s kingdom responsibility is not free.
Every single human being is under the power of sin (Romans 3:9). Many don’t want to believe that. But it is true. Paul quotes from the Psalms to show that his has been God’s opinion for thousands of years. Paul emphasizes that this would obviously include the Jews (Gentiles did not exist at that time) who believed they were right with God because they were Jewish.
None of us can get right with God by following God’s law – all the “dos” and “don’ts” in the Bible (Romans 2:20). So what is the point of all those commands? To show us that we are sinful (Romans 2:19-20). When we read all those commands and we realize that we aren’t following them – and are not able to follow them – we become aware of our brokenness.
This should convince us to find another way to get right with God. And, thankfully, there is a way – by placing our faith in Jesus (Romans 2:22, 25). This is the only way and it is available to everyone “no matter who they are”.
It seems that with every passing day the integrity of people reaches a new low. David lamented this very same thing in Psalm 12. People lie to one another. They flatter one another. These behaviors reveal a deceitful heart (Psalm 12:2). But what God says can be counted on. There are no impurities in His promises (Psalm 12:6).
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