Gold, Silver, Bronze…all for the king.

1 01 2013

DAY TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTEEN : 1 Chronicles 16 v. 37 – 18 v. 17; 1 Corinthians 1 v. 1 – 17; Proverbs 19 v. 3 – 12
gold silver bronze1 CHRONICLES
David leaves Asaph and his associates, and Obed-Edom and his sixty-eight associates as ministers before the ark of the covenant and gatekeepers.
Zadok and the priests are left to present offerings before the tabernacle in Gibeon (burnt offerings presented each morning and evening).
‘With them were Heman and Jeduthun and the rest of those chosen and designated by name to give thanks to the Lord ‘for His love endures forever’.’
Heman and Jeduthun were in charge of the trumpets, cymbals and other instruments.
Once everyone was assigned their tasks, ‘all the people left, each for his own home, and David returned home to bless his family’.

God’s Promise to David – Once David is back in his luxurious palace, he feels uneasy about the ark of the covenant being in a mere tent. He confesses this to Nathan, the prophet, who encourages him to do what he senses is right, ‘for God is with you’.
During the night, God speaks to Nathan, instructing him to tell David,
‘You are not the one to build me a house to dwell in’, that God has been satisfied to move from one tent site to another.
Rather, God is going to build a house for David.
‘I took you from the pasture…to be ruler over my people Israel…now I will make your name like the names of the greatest men on the earth. And I will provide a place for my people.’
‘When your days are over and you go to be with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom.’
It is David’s offspring who will build the house for God – ‘I will be his father, and he will be my son’.
‘I will set him over my house and my kingdom for ever; his throne will be established for ever.’

Nathan reports all of this to David.

Of course, for us, the promise of a Son who will establish God’s kingdom and throne forever, points to Jesus, the Only-Son, who comes proclaiming, ‘the kingdom of heaven / God is here’. One born in the line of King David. A kingdom not built around a palace, but a person, a king-of-all-kings.

David’s Prayer – ‘King David went in and sat before the Lord’
. His prayer :
~ who am I…that You have brought me this far?…You have looked upon me as though I were the most exalted of men
~ what more can I say…You have done this great thing and made known all these great promises
~ there is no-one like You, O Lord…and who is like Your people Israel…You made Your people Israel for Your very own…
~ let the promise You have made concerning Your servant and his house be established for ever. Do as You promised…
~ Your servant has found courage to pray to You…You have been pleased to bless the house of Your servant…it will be blessed forever.

this wonderful prayer acknowledges David’s humble dependence upon God – God’s supreme authority, power, and faithful promises – and thankfulness for the blessings he and his family have known

David’s Victories – 
David eventually defeats the Philistines and takes Gath. He also defeated the Moabites, ‘they became subject to him and brought tribute’.
In the battle against Hadadezer, Zobah’s king, David captured one thousand chariots, and thousands of charioteers and soldiers. ‘He hamstrung all but a hundred of the chariot horses’.
David struck down 20,000 Arameans (from Damascus), when they came to help Hadadezer. He took control of Damascus.
‘The Lord gave David victory everywhere he went.’
David brought Hadadezer’s golden shields to Jerusalem. He took large quantities of bronze (which Solomon used to make the bronze Sea and other articles for the temple) from Tebah and Cun.
The king of Hamath, king Tou, sends his son, Hadoram, to congratulate David on his victory over Hadadezer (who had been fighting against Tou), and to bring gold, silver and bronze.
All the articles received and taken David dedicates to the Lord.
18,000 Edomites are struck down by Abishai, in the valley of Salt, and all the Edomites become subject to David.
‘The Lord gave David victory everywhere he went.’

this is a VERY good season for David (not so good for his enemies) – God’s favour is very evident to him

David’s Officials – ‘David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people’.
Joab is appointed over the army; Jehoshaphat is recorder; Zadok and Ahimelech are priests; Shavsha is secretary; Benaiah is over the Kerethites and Pelethites; David’s sons are the chief officials at his side.

David keeps close to him those he can trust

1 CORINTHIANS
Paul is writing to the church he’d planted during his second missionary journey, whilst he is now in Ephesus. Paul had spent 18 months in Corinth, so knew the place and the people very well. Paul had been made aware of issues the church was facing, by letter and by a visit from church members.
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Opening – Paul identifies himself as an ‘apostle‘, sent by God, establishing the kingdom in new territories, including Corinth. He serves Christ Jesus, and is called by God. He also identifies Sosthenes as co-writer of the letter. Sosthenes was the name of the chief ruler of the synagogue in Corinth, who is beaten by a mob (Acts 18 v. 17), and becomes a follower of Jesus.
Paul reminds the church in Corinth that they are ‘those sanctified (made holy) in Christ Jesus and called to be holy’ as are all who call on Jesus as Lord.
Rather than laying into them for their faults and failings, he reminds them first and foremost who and whose they are.
His opening greeting is ‘grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.’
GRACE is God’s free gift offering us salvation (God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense), and our sense of PEACE is found through this gift in Jesus.

Thanksgiving – again, Paul doesn’t tackle the problems in the church until he has told them how much he thanks God for them. He particularly thanks God for
‘the grace given you in Christ Jesus’, for the way they have been ‘enriched’, empowered by God in speech and in understanding. All that Paul had preached about God’s saving grace had been experienced and lived out amongst the young Corinthian church. He reminds them that they ‘lack no spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed’.
Jesus will keep them strong, enable them to be presented blameless, and Paul reminds them of God’s faithfulness.

Divisions in the Church – Paul has been made aware of the ‘camps’ which have become established in the church – those who favour and attach themselves to Paul, those to Apollos, those to Cephas, and even one group which claims to follow Christ above and beyond the others. Paul appeals to the church to be united, to find agreement and live in agreement, ‘in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ’.
He urges a perfect unity in ‘mind and thought’. Surely this unity is only possible in the name of Christ.
(I bet Chloe’s household appreciated the mention that the news of the quarrels has reached Paul through them)
Paul asserts that there is no division in Christ – that the others (including himself) were not the ones crucified, nor in whose name people are baptised.
Paul’s emphasis throughout has been ‘to preach the gospel – not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.’


PROVERBS
the wisdom writer reminds us that
~ folly ruins lives, and creates hearts which rage against God
~ money attracts people, poverty repels people
~ lying will not go unpunished, liars will never walk free
~ leaders and rulers have many who say what they want to hear, and those who are generous with their giving have many friends
~ poor people are often shunned by family, and friends avoid them, no matter how persistent the appeals for help
~ ‘he who gets wisdom loves his soul; he who cherishes understanding
prospers’
~ fools ought never to be living luxuriously – that would be worse than slaves ruling over princes
~ ‘a man’s wisdom gives him patience, it is to his glory to overlook an offence’
~ when the king is angry, he is like a roaring lion, whilst his favour is like sweet dewfall on the grass.

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