Friday, October 31, 2014

1 Chronicles 29

The key word today is willingness, that anything that we do for religious act and charity should be done with all our heart, not grudgingly or reluctantly. Three times, David spoke about willingly (vv6 and 17), for he knew that his possessions does not not belong to him but to God, who own everything in this world. His reason is that people are pilgrims and strangers in this planet, and everything will pass away except the relationship with God who is our Father. The Israelites joined with David in adoring the Lord, with offerings, worship and celebrations. 1 Chronicles is the story of the life of David, from his humble beginning to his reign and unification of Israel. May we remind our selves always that we live and move and have our being by God's grace in Christ alone... Reading: 1 Chirn. 29, God bless.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

1 Chronicles 28

David charged his son Solomon and the leaders of Israel to be faithful to God and to their duty. Solomon has to know the God of his father David, by knowing the precept of the law and obey them. God's condition is "I will establish his kingdom forever if he is steadfast to observe my commandments" (v7). Religious work has two main things, to seek God's knowledge, and to worship Him. We do it in order to edify the brethren and glorify God. The natural man cannot receive God's knowledge, unless they repent from sins. Also, we have to be courageous and strong in doing God's plan (v20), for many oppositions will come out to discourage and exploit us for their own purpose, not God's... Reading: 1 Chron. 28, God bless. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

1 Chronicles 27

In this world, there is so much chaos and disturbance, so we need to be ready and watchful in all of our doings. David and his men were prepared for the security of their kingdom. Satan, our enemy, wants God's people to be unprepared so that when he strikes back he can win his battle. But we have the full armor of God in us, in the exercise of faith and the preparation of heart in time of conflict. If we used them always, we shall be safe in Christ our Lord, and can enjoy the inward peace of the Holy Spirit. Only that we need to do our job distribution, as the men of David did, so we can be blessing to others, people edified and God glorified... Reading: 1 Chron. 27, God bless .

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

1 Chronicles 26

The Levites had specific job and assignment to be done, to guard and protect all the treasuries of the kingdom, and to oversee the business of the Lord, and in the service of the king. Similar to our ministries, we need to protect the business of God (His flock) from the wolves, attackers, and evil spirits. About the treasures, these typified the treasures in heaven, the unseracheable riches that are  hidden in Christ, that's why we are co-heir with Christ. These Levites, able men with strength for the work, were not concerned in the business of the world, rather in the service of God and their kingdom. Jesus came to teach us to do the same.. Reading: 1 Chron. 26, God bless. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

1 Chronicles 25

David was not only great singer and composer, but also worshipper. He taught his people to follow the same by appointing musicians in the temple who could prophesy. To prophesy means praising God with great earnestness and devout affections, under the influence of the Holy Spirit. In doing so, the whole congregation is being edified and God glorified. If the Holy Spirit will not influence the people of God, and if the believers will not yield and flow to the mighty move of the Holy Spirit, the whole things will be lifeless, worthless and dry as dust... Reading: 1 Chron. 25, God bless. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

1 Chronicles 24

Levites have specific place in the kingdom of Israel, and each one keeps his place and work. In today's Judaism, any Jew who has the desire to serve Yahweh can start by going first to Bible school called Yeshiva. They study Torah, history, tradition and the whole Hebrew Bible. In the mystical Body of Christ every member has its place and role, not to compete but to edify the whole church and glorify the Lord. Christ is the High Priest over the house of the Father, and all believers are priests of God who requires to bring offerings unto His sanctuary. Our sacrifices include praises, worship, the fruit of our lips, and our living body... Reading: 1 Chro. 24, God bless.

Friday, October 24, 2014

1 Chronicles 23

Before breathing his last, King David finalized the construction of the temple and appointed his son Solomon to kingship. He also appointed workers and supervisors who would oversee the whole operation. And the amazing thing here is the inclusion of the Levites, singers and worshippers during the construction. David knew that the work is not easy and his people need God's intervention. In our ministerial works and mission, Jesus promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us. We need Him in every aspect of our lives. Let us worship Him first before we do anything for the kingdom... Reading: 1 Chronicles 23. God bless. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

1 Chronicles 22

After the terrible plague in the previous chapter, God pointed out to David the place where he would build the temple. Yet he admitted that the Lord refused to build the temple by himself, "because you have shed much blood on the earth in My sight" (v8), instead, his son Solomon will do it. Though David must not build the temple, he did everything he could before his death. It tells that in our lives, anything our hands can do for the kingdom must do with all our might. As Jesus said, "Let's do the works while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work" (John 9:4). After the death, we're gone and there is no working and moving in this world... Reading: 1 Chro. 22, God bless. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

1 Chronicles 21

"I will not present burnt offerings that have cost me nothing!" (v24). David had sinned, but he was forgiven because God is faithful to His people, yet God demands offering. We too have sinned against the Lord, and Jesus paid the price for our debts and trespasses. Nevertheless, there is a cost to be paid when we offer sacrifice (or service) to the Lord. Serving God is not for free but costly, and the perfect acceptable offering to God is your self; a living, holy and acceptable sacrifice. Jesus demands high price to become His disciple; self-denial, bear the cross, and follow Him, an act that is not cheap but will cost you more... Reading: 1 Chro. 21, God bless.    

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

1 Chronicles 20

Giants were real in the time of David, and they were the enemies with the goal of destructing God's people on the face of the earth. The truth is, they were Satan's instruments so that God's plan in this world may be averted. God's plan is peace, prosperity, and abundant life, but Satan wants unrest, confusion, poverty and hatred, a complete opposite of God's. As redeemed people of God, our goal in life is to comply with God's vision similar to that of David, destroy the works of the devil and pursue the eternal plan of God, through the power of the name of Jesus Christ... Reading: 1 Chronicles 20, God bless. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

1 Chronicles 19

Though David had a good intention, his motive was misunderstood by the people of Ammon. This could be true to our experience, but the best thing to do in time like this is to kneel down before God and seek His favor and perfect will. As David and his men prepared for the battle, one great thing we can learn is the unity of his men, and their willingness to help each other. The result was overwhelming, that they destroyed the power of their enemies and forced them to submit unto the rulership of David. Our prayer: May the Lord Jesus give us success in our plans and missions... Reading: 1 Chro. 19, God bless. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

1 Chronicles 18

"So the Lord preserved David wherever he went" (v6, v13). This is a double declaration of God's blessing and David's victory. It means God made him victorious in all of his missions, that wherever he went, God prospered him. For the first time in history, the promised land to Abraham was fulfilled (v3 vs Gen 15:18). It happened because David's heart was so focused and his faith was stable. He gained material blessings too, but he dedicated those gold and silver unto his God, not for himself... Reading: 1 Chro. 18, God bless. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

1 Chronicles 17

In ancient time, the Israelites were looking back to Abraham's covenant for land and seed, thousand years later, they looked back to David's covenant for eternal kingdom. David knew God's plan and he understood that God has to redeem a people for Himself in order to fulfill that plan in this world. Today, God is not yet finish, and He will continue (v27) to work until the consummation of time. Whether people agree or disagree, it will not be averted nor stopped because God is supreme over all His creation. Therefore, let us do the work of God in our specific assignments... Reading: 1 Chro. 17, God bless.

1 Chronicles 13

The excitement and joy of the people had turned into a sad mourning for the death of Uzza. He was struck to death by God Himself because of his irreverence or lack of respect in dealing with holy things. God cannot be approached with our own ways. He sets some rules and commandments and they are to be followed. Of course we are free to do any things for God, but make sure that they are for edification of the believers and glorification of God.... Reading: 1 Chro. 13, God bless.

1 Chronicles 12

God gave David men from all tribes of Israel to help him in his wars and exploits. Famous for them were the children of Issachar who had the understanding of the signs of the times, and knew the best course for Israel to take (12:32) even in time of joy and trouble. These men were not only loyal to God but also to David. Today the kingdom of God needs people like them who can understand the signs of the time that JESUS had prophesied in the Bible, and who will be loyal to the church, to their faith and to their calling... Reading: 1 Chro. 12, Blessings from Galilee.

1 Chronicles 11

This account is in contrast with the previous chapter, by exalting the throne of David because the Lord of hosts was with him. God surrounded David with good and trustworthy men and women who would be his partners in doing God's plan. Yet David ascribed his success, not with the mighty men but with the Almighty God who had anointed him king of Israel. In our lives, the most important is God's anointing. Eventhough we work very hard, we still need His blessings, or else we will not be able to attain godly success and lasting fruits...Reading: 1 Chro. 11, Shalom from Jerusalem.

1 Chronicles 10

This chapter shows why did God remove the house of Saul from being a royal family of Israel. He was unfaithful, he did not keep the word of the Lord, he consulted a medium from guidance, and he did not inquire of the Lord. It is the most tragic things if one dies outside the grace of God. God loves His people, in fact, He does not want anyone to be perished in hell, but He wants everyone to repent. Therefore, get rid of sins, and let us help one another to be strong in faith, and be faithful to God all the days of our lives... Reading: 1 Chro. 10, God bless.

1 Chronicles 9

The Jews had just returned from Babylonian captivity when the writer wrote Chronicles. Here he wanted to direct the returning Jews where was the best place to stay with. He suggested to live in Jerusalem because some children of Benjamin and Joseph stayed here. He also reminisced about the temple service where the Levites ministered unto the Lord. Now, the returning Jews can join them and serve God as it was commanded in the Law. Lesson: being born again is an act of returning to God's fold. We too can do the things that God has assigned for us... Reading: 1 Chro. 9, God bless.

1 Chronicles 8

The family of Benjamin was another big group of families on the 12 tribes. Many became prominent people; famous for them were King Saul, Mordecai, and Paul of Tarsus. After the destruction of the 10 tribes, only 2 remained, Judah & Benjamin. Later the Benjaminites were assimilated with the tribe of Judah, and had forgotten in history. But, those who labored faithfully and unselfishly had never been forgotten by the Lord, because our labors will never be in vain in Christ Jesus... Reading: 1 Chro. 8, God bless.

1 Chronicles 7

Today's reading is the genealogy of the 6 children of Israel. The Bible said they were mighty men of valor fit to go out for war and battle. It talks about thousand people and yet only few names were mentioned. They were the cream of the crop, ready to go, fight, defend the faith & die for the sake of the Lord. Hallelujah, let's go and follow the same for Jesus... Reading: 1 Chro. 7, God bless.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

1 Chronicles 6

If the Israelites are the chosen people, Levites is the chosen tribe. They were given special assignment to minister unto God at the house of the Lord (v48). Genealogy has to be preserved until the coming of the most chosen One who will be the High Priest of us all. Levites were scattered all throughout the land to assist the people in spiritual needs and knowledge of the Law exclusively. Today, by the power of the cross, any willing person can be God's chosen instrument. Are you willing? Reading: 1 Chro. 6, God bless. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

1 Chronicles 5

Here recorded the genealogy of their generations, 2 tribes-Rueben and Gad, and half tribe of Manasseh resided on the east side of the Jordan. They were removed from their post, and made captive by Assyrian because they had forsaken the Lord and worship other gods. We too have the same record because our names are written in the book of life in heaven. If we forsake God, our names can also be removed like what happened to the two and a half tribes... Reading: 1 Chro. 5, God bless. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

1 Chornicles 4

Here said that the ancient people maintained their genealogy (v33), even the ancient records were kept (v22). We see the famous person named Jabez, who was more honorable than his brethren because he was a man of prayer, praying to the God of Israel. He prayed for blessing, enlarge his territory, protection from evil, and may not cause pain to others. It means he devoted himself and everything to the Lord. So God honored his heart! Let's follow the way of Jabez, for God honors those who honor Him... Reading: 1 Chro. 4, God bless. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

1 Chronicles 3

The Davidic dynasty is said to be the most illustrious among the families of Israel and Judah. Here recorded the full account of all kings from David to the last king Zedekiah (v16). We also see the continuation of this family from Babylonian captivity until the return to Judah, like Zerubbabel (v19). From this family, Jesus the  Messiah came, who will be the Savior of the world, in which we enjoy His forgiveness and eternal salvation. Thank you Lord Jesus.. Reading: 1 Chro. 3, God bless.