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?
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?
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)
(1-9) I Chronicles begins with nine long chapters of genealogies. What is the purpose of all these genealogies (see Ezra 2:59-63 and Matthew 1:1-17)?
What should we not do with the genealogies (I Timothy 1:3-4)?
(1-10) A repeated refrain in these first ten chapters is that the people broke faith with God. How did the following people break faith with God and what happened?
- Achan (2:7) –
- Tribe of Manasseh (5:25) –
- Tribe of Judah (9:2) –
- Saul (10:13) –
How might we be tempted to break faith with God in these same ways today?
What are some other ways that we might be tempted to break faith with God?
(1-10) Despite the many who broke faith with God, many people in these genealogies showed incredible faith in God. How did each of the following show their faith in God and how did God respond?
- Noah (1:4) –
- Abraham (1:28) –
- Joseph (2:2) –
- Moses (6:3) –
- Aaron (6:49) –
- Joshua (7:27) –
- Boaz (2:12) –
- David (2:15) –
- Jonathan (8:33) –
In what ways might we follow their example today?
In what situations might we struggle to trust God? How can the example of those who have gone before us (and God’s response) encourage us in our faith?
Here are some good posts for your weekend reading:
Practical Suggestions for Cultivating Communion with God – Kelly Kapic (Crossway)
Communion with God is a deep need for every human, whether we acknowledge the need or not. Communion with God is how we were made to function, and it is ultimately about a loving and very present relationship with the triune Creator.
Two Gifts You Give To Others in Your Sanctification – Tim Challies
Your sanctification is a gift to others. Your continual growth in holiness is not something you emphasize merely for your own benefit or your own assurance, but something you pursue for the benefit of others.
One Man’s Dream Destroyed Millions – Jon Bloom (DG)
We must confront our own wicked proneness to objectify others and resolve all the more to war against it. We humans have a horrible, sinful tendency to view others as roles — too often expendable “extras” — in the epic moving picture of our story, not souls in the real epic of God’s story. The fallen human nature, unhinged from God’s reality, seeks to construct its own preferred reality. And it uses other people to do it.
Are You a Healthy Church Member? – Thabiti Anyabwile (Crossway)
A healthy church member is someone that, in one sense, shares all the sensibilities of a good pastor. They’re going to have a concern for the spiritual growth of others, they’re going to have a concern for the right teaching of God’s Word, and they will have a concern for the church’s witness to the community, for reaching their neighbors and friends.
Hope you have a great Lord’s Day with your local church!
In worship, we are able to weep before God as the cry of the needy toward the One who can provide.
– Philip Nation in Habits for Our Holiness
Lo He comes with justice bringing, Answering the martyr’s cry
Faithful witnesses to our King, For Him were willing to die
Now with white robes, Christ’s righteousness
Waiting for justice to come
Lo He comes with justice bringing, Ominous signs in the sky
There will be a cosmic shaking, Hear the wicked’s desperate cry
Rocks fall on us, From God hide us
The day of God’s wrath has come
Lo He comes with justice bringing, Stand firm and commit to pray
Love and turn from vengeance seeking, Hope in Christ and Him obey
Repent from sin, Go with good news
Waiting for justice to come
To the tune of “Lo He Comes With Clouds Desending”
We must come to the point where what matters most to us is faithfulness to God. Faithfulness to the Word of God and the gospel must be more important to us than pleasure, more important to us than leisure, and more important than life itself. We must value faithfulness to God and his word more than we value the ability to go on living our peaceful, happy lives.
– James M. Hamilton, Jr. on Revelation 6 in Revelation (PTW)
Job says he will be quiet, and God begins to speak again. Job repents and God restores him. Observe:
- Everything belongs to God – Since God created everything, everything is his (41:11). All that you have is really his. Anything you might give to God was already his before you gave it. If God owns everything you have, how should this affect your attitude toward things? Your use of things? Be specific.
- Repentance – Job has found fault with God, even condemning God (40:2, 8). Job acknowledges that he spoke of what he didn’t understand (42:3). He shuts his mouth (40:4-5), and repents (42:6). Is there something you are judging God for – some way you are finding fault with God? Will you humbly repent before him?