Reflections on I Chronicles 11-13

David becomes king and tries to move the ark to Jerusalem.

  • Rejoicing – As the ark was being moved, David and the people were rejoicing before the Lord. At what special event have you rejoiced before the Lord?  How is rejoicing in the Lord part of your daily life?
  • Fear – The ark was not supposed to be carried in a cart, nor was it to be touched. When Uzzah touched it, he died on the spot.  The celebration ended.  David was afraid.  Do you have a proper reverence for the Lord?
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Reformation Collection

RefWall

Here are some more short biographies of people from the Reformation:

Thomas Becon: The Monday Morning Protestant – Brian Hanson (DG)

William Tyndale: The Underground Translator – John Piper (DG)

Martin Bucer: The Protestant Melting Pot – Marshall Segal (DG)

Marie Dentière: The First Lady in France – Adrien Segal (DG)

Johannes Oecolampadius: The Monastery’s Lost Houselamp – Douglas Wilson (DG)

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I Chronicles 11-16: Life & Worship Before The Lord

(11-12) Three times we read that Israel made David their king “according to the word of the Lord” (11:3, 11:10, 12:23).  What is the significance of that phrase?

What would it look like for us to live this way?

(14) What did David do each time the Philistines attacked?  Who then received credit for the victory?

For what situations in your life do you need to seek God’s guidance?

What are some ways God guides us today (14:10, Psalm 119:105, Proverb 9:10, 20:18, etc.)?

(13-15) How would you describe their worship in 13:5-8?

What was missing (13:9-12, 15:13)?

What did Israel do differently the second time as they sought to bring the ark to Jerusalem (15:11-15)?

What do both stories teach us about how we should worship today?

(15) Again, describe their worship in v25-28.  What does this suggest about David’s heart?  What does v29 tell us about Michal’s heart?  Why is the heart so important for worship?

(16) What words are used to describe their worship (v8-13, 35-36)?

What reasons are given for worshiping the Lord (v14-34)?

How might you use this psalm in your personal worship?

(16) Verse 11 calls us to a three-fold seeking.  How do we seek the Lord?  Why would we seek the Lord?

In what situations do you need to seek his strength?

God is always with us, so what does it mean to seek his presence?  What would our lives look like if we sought his presence continually?

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Passion Points

Here are some good posts for your weekend reading:

Souls Need Songs: How God Shapes Us Through Singing – Hayden Nesbit (DG)
God made our souls for song. Scripture brims with God’s call for his people to sing his praises. Something about singing refreshes and reorients our souls

8 Ways to Measure Your Love for the Bible – Tim Challies
Here are a few ways to measure whether or not you truly love the Word.

Diagnosing & Mortifying the Sin of Complaining – Geoffrey R. Kirkland
Complaining isn’t, however, the real issue. Complaining is the outward manifestation of other heart-sins taking place in that moment. Let’s diagnose complaining. When we complain, we manifest three heart-sins that are all taking place together.

Worshiping a Golden Calf on Sunday Morning is Deceptively Easy – Jared Wilson
On Sundays, our sanctuaries fill with people seeking worship, and not one person comes in set to neutral. We must take great care, then, not to assume that even in our religious environments, where we put the Scriptures under so many noses, that it is Jesus the exalted Christ who is being worshiped.

Hope you have a great Lord’s Day!

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Reformation Collection

Here are some more good and short biographies of people from the Reformation:

Philip Melanchthon: The Gentle Lutheran – David Mathis (DG)

Wibrandis Rosenblatt: The Bride of the Reformation – Noel Piper (DG)

Wolfgang Capito: The Protestant Peacemaker – Rick Shenk (DG)

Menno Simons: The Fearless Pacifist – Ryan Griffith (DG)

Peter Martyr Vermigli: The Phoenix of Florence – Chris Castaldo (DG)

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Reflections on I Chronicles 6-10

The genealogies continue, before retelling Saul’s death:

  • Return – Chapter 9 gives the genealogy of those who returned from exile. The point of all these genealogies is to show that the returned exiles belong to Israel.  The promises to Israel belong to them.  In the same way, we celebrate our adoption as the children of God.  The promises of God belong to us through Jesus Christ.
  • Broken faith – Chapter 9 begins with a reminder of why Judah went into exile (v1). It is the same reason Saul was rejected as king (10:13-14).  Why?  Because they broke faith with God.  They did not obey God or seek his direction, but went their own way.  Are there ways that you are acting like Judah and Saul?
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Reformation Collection

Here are some more good posts on the Reformation:

The Reformation & the Rediscovery of Christian Assurance – Eric Davis (Cripplegate)

Tetzel on 7 Years in Purgatory for Every Sin – Gene Veith

Protestant and Catholic: What’s the Difference? – Kevin DeYoung

10 Things You Should Know about the Reformation – Tim Chester (Crossway)

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Q&A#1: Verses for Reflection

Q: What is our primary purpose in life?
A: Our primary purpose in life is to love God and people, in response to His love for us, for the glory of God.

Verses To Reflect on God’s Love For Us
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. We love because he first loved us.
– I John 4:7-11, 19

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
– Ephesians 5:2

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
– Psalm 115:1

Questions To Ponder
What do these passages teach us about God’s love for us?
How should his love for us spur us on to love Him and people?

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Reflections on I Chronicles 1-5

Our passage today consists of genealogies.

  • Davidic Line – Chapter 3 gives the genealogy of David’s descendants. Note that it continues beyond the exile (v17-24).  Judah may have gone into exile, but David’s line continues.  This would have been a great hope to Israel.  And in this line will come our Savior in whom we place our hope.
  • Trust or not – The two and a half tribes east of the Jordan cried out to God for help in a battle, and God helped them because they trusted in him (5:18-22). But later they were taken into captivity because they broke faith with God – they went after other gods (5:23-26).  What about you?  Are you looking to God, or chasing after idols?
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Reformation Collection

There are a lot of great posts out there as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  I’ll be linking to many over next few weeks.  Here is the first batch – short biographies of four pre-Reformation reformers you should know:

John Wycliffe: The Morning Star of the Reformation – Stephen Nichols (DG)

Peter Waldo: The First Tremor – Jon Bloom (DG)

Jan Hus: The Goosefather – Greg Morse (DG)

Girolamo Savonarola: The Florentine Forerunner – Zach Howard (DG)

 

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