Category: 1 Chronicles

Day 147

Day 147 1 Chronicles 26-29, Psalm 127

Psalm 127:1

 1 Unless the LORD builds the house,
   the builders labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
   the guards stand watch in vain.


Day 143 2 Samuel 24, 1 Chronicles 21-22, Psalm 30

  David decides to count his people in a census, which ticks God off and then 70,000 Israelites die from plague because of it… Er What?! WHY?!  perhaps there was more to the Michelle Bachmann Census boycott than even SHE knew about.  Apparently back in the day you were only allowed to count what you owned and Israel did not belong to David, It belonged to God.  But did 70,000 people need to die because their king screwed up?  David didn’t think so, check out 2 Samuel 24:17,

 When David saw the angel who was striking down the people, he said to the LORD, “I have sinned; I, the shepherd, have done wrong. These are but sheep. What have they done? Let your hand fall on me and my family.”

  What do you when what you read about God makes no sense? What do you do when what you experience in life makes no sense? 

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Lord, my life makes no sense to me right now.  But it’s not my job to make sense of it, is it?  My job is to obey YOU, trust YOU, submit to YOU, regardless of whether or not I understand all that I’m going through.  Bad things can happen to good people.  Make my yuck, my pain, my hurt a tool to shape me into someone you can use.  I don’t have to understand why you allowed this, but I can be committed to allowing it to refine me… YOU define me, not my circumstances. Even in the confusion, I love you Lord.

David and Bathsheba

Day 133 2 Samuel 11-12, 1 Chronicles 20

*Explicit Language Warning*

David is an asshole, and that’s putting it lightly.  This arrogant sense of entitlement over another man’s wife, is vile.  The way he tries to cover it up then in the end has the man killed is beyond explanation.  His deeds deserve his own death.  Even in this day and age he’d be on death row for what he did.  Yet THIS is who is regarded as “The Man after God’s Own Heart.”  WHY?

     God is not in the business of judging what we do.  WHAT?  What about the law? We spent Weeks and Weeks reading it!! But What is the law?  I think David knew that it had the power to change lives if it was followed.  So what happened?  David sinned just like we sin because we are human and that’s what we do.  So if we were to be judged, REALLY judged by what we do we will always fall short.  We have our guidance set in the ten commandments… but what’s REALLY important here?  The Heart.

God IS in the business of looking at the Heart, and that’s where David stands out. summed it up this way : “David demonstrated his faith seemingly on a daily basis which pleased the Lord. Throughout his life his faith would be tested on a grand scale and in the final analysis he passed most of the tests. David also loved God’s law and he sought to follow it as best he could. He spent many days meditating on it and trying to apply it to his own life. He knew that God’s law had the power to change lives if it was followed to the letter. Another important character trait that David exhibited was that he had the attitude of gratitude and was very thankful for his life. During his life he had all sorts of trouble. From adultery and murder to running for his life, David thanked God every day no matter the circumstances. And finally, David was truly repentant. Let us not forget that he was a man just like us who sinned on a regular basis. But despite his continual sin he always loved God and sought to repent of those sins. ”

If you have the time Heath McNease REALLY says it best when he sings his version of Hallelujah:

Day 131

Day 131 2 Samuel 10, 1 Chronicles 19, Psalm 20

 1 May the LORD answer you when you are in distress;
   may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary
   and grant you support from Zion.
3 May he remember all your sacrifices
   and accept your burnt offerings.[b]
4 May he give you the desire of your heart
   and make all your plans succeed.
5 May we shout for joy over your victory
   and lift up our banners in the name of our God.

Day 129

Day 129 2 Samuel 8-9, 1 Chronicles 18

I’m not too fond of reading about David’s conquests… These are people, followers of God or not, people.  So I guess what I’m saying is I was not built for war…  What’s up with his treatment of the Moabites, indiscriminately killing them as they stood in a line based on the length of a rope?!  Gee, way to make Great-Grandma Ruth (a Moabite) proud!

   I don’t get it God I really don’t.  Mark this down as one of those things, along with the treatment of women, that I just STRUGGLE with!

Day 127 2 Samuel 7, 1 Chronicles 17

I KNEW the part about David deciding to build the ark a building was coming up!  I didn’t think I had missed it.. but anyhow, I found it interesting that David consults with the Prophet Nathan, who agrees, yeah sounds like a great idea but did they Ask God?  Nope, and God has an opinion about this too, and WHY shouldn’t He?  His instructions on making the tabernacle in the wilderness were REALLY specific, and for Good reason! It’s a copy of what exists in heaven and a layout of what exists on our hearts.

  God tells David no.  Why?  Isn’t that always the question we ask God when he says no and isn’t that the one question God won’t answer.  Personally I think it’s an opportunity for God to tell David about HIS house and God’s plans for it which include Jesus.  When God was talking about Solomon (not by name but as the one to build the temple) the first time I read it in 2 Samuel I honestly thought God was talking about Jesus, then when we reread the story in Chronicles I felt a little confuse, wait who are we talking about?  Is there room for God to be talking about Solomon but metaphorically talking about Jesus?

    God has told me no, and like a typical human I have demanded to know why.  Why would God not give me the tools to keep this family together with a Mother and a Father?  Isn’t that what God wants?  Why expand my family with the addition of my precious daughter then allow  my children’s father to walk away?  Make him love me again God!

     God’s answer is no, as it should be.  God has never been in the business of making people love.  From the depths of pain my calling out to God is bigger, my commitment to my children is bigger, a calling to teach has awaken and my life is now open to an infinite possibilities.  Whoa my fear is big but Oh my God is bigger.  I thought God would want one thing but He’s showing me how He can use this new path, and as I give to Him what I can not handle He hands back a promise, “It’s going to be Ok child.  I got this one.”

I’m Undignified

Day 124 2 Samuel 5:11-6:23, 1 Chronicles 13-16

   There is a lot I could write about today.. but what I zeroed in on, likely because it was unfamiliar to me, was Michal, Saul’s daughter, watching from her window as David danced before the Ark as it was being brought into the city… and she despised him in her heart because he was being undignified in front of others.  She seemed particularly steamed that the slave women saw. David replied, “I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.”  His dancing was for God and God alone and he it didn’t matter what others saw or thought.  Michal is a complicated woman… she was sadly a bit of a pawn promised to David then married off to another who seemed to really love her, at least he was terribly upset when later David came and claimed her  from her husband because she was originally promised to him.  But for David it seemed like more of a pride thing than real love… clearly Michal had little love for David.  So given the circumstances I’m hesitant to cast judgement on this situation, but the way she’s not just bitter about her circumstances but embarrassed by her husband’s love of God.. well that kind of stings me in a personal way.  Was anyone ever embarrassed by my love of God and how I showed it?  We worship so differently… but was my undignified nature before God ever just cause for embarrassment to someone else?  And more astonishing is my total lack of apathy if it ever was!  My outstretched arm, my tears, my dancing, my voice in worship is my offering to God, and God alone.  I can relate to David’s slightly angry response back to Michal… I WILL become even MORE undignified than this!! Watch out!

Day 121

Day 121 2 Samuel 5:1-10, 1 Chronicles 11-12

So I added up some of the numbers they gave for the size of David’s army (guessing a little with Issachar) and came up with around an army that totals 337,000 warriors… roughly the same size as the US Navy. That’s surreal to me… I’m having a tough time figuring out how that many people fit into such a tiny area. and stayed fed! Man I do not envy the logistics officer (J4?)for THAT army.

Lord,  I struggle with the battles and the death and the dying.  If You are love, then why war?  Why war then, why war now?  I don’t expect the world to be perfect, what would be left to learn in a world that was perfect?  The little taste of war and it’s effects on the lives around me leaves my heart aching.  These men in David’s army may be numbers written in the book of Chronicles but they are real people who lived and died, just like today’s warriors who are living a dying today.  I don’t get it.  But it is the reality we are living in, and therefore you are there too.

Sheerah’s in the Bible!!

Day 119 1 Chronicles 7-10

Ya’ll know I kind of had a childhood thing for Sheerah so I was thrilled to find her tucked in the middle of Chronicles! 

1 Chronicles 7:24  His daughter was Sheerah, who built Lower and Upper Beth Horon as well as Uzzen Sheerah.

OK so this chickadee didn’t wield swords… No she built cities!!  She left a legacy that could not be ignored.  Cool.

1 Chronicles 6

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