Summary: In chapters 26 and 27, David appointed:
- Army Officials,
- Leaders of the Tribes, and
God is a God of order BUT also the Temple is about to be built…Security is tight!!
The other day we read about David “counting” his men and he was given a choice of consequence. When you read this it was referring to that past incident:
23 David did not take the number of the men twenty years old or less, because the Lord had promised to make Israel as numerous as the stars in the sky. 24 Joab son of Zeruiah began to count the men but did not finish. God’s wrath came on Israel on account of this numbering, and the number was not entered in the book of the annals of King David.
The book of the annals (better than the book of anals 🤭) was the royal archive that was kept with the King. We do not have David’s. I think Indiana Jones has it to help him look for that missing Ark. 😂
Chapter 29- read it word for word-no skimming here!
The people donated a freewill offering (remember God was content in the tent, he didn’t require a temple; it was David’s heart that required it) of more gold, silver, bronze, and other materials to make The Lord’s house reflects the glory of His greatness. David was responsible for providing 3,860 tons of gold and 37,760 tons of silver. But the king continued to urge his leaders to give generously to the ‘building fund’, and they contributed another 190 tons of gold, plus another 185 pounds, 375 tons of silver, 675 tons of bronze, and 3,750 tons of iron, as well as precious stones.
I don’t know who said this but it’s worth repeating:
“Often the extent to which we are prepared to put at risk our material well-being is a measure of the seriousness with which we take our discipleship”
David’s Prayer ❤❤❤
These were some of David’s last official words to his nation and his son Solomon. Ancient Near Easterners regarded such statements as extremely important, as indeed they were. It was so perfect I wanted to cut and paste each line so instead, I put it on a separate piece of paper. Please feel free to print it, read it often, read it to your kids, hang it on the fridge, use it as a bookmark, or memorize it (if you have that brain capacity. I can remember every word to every Eagles song but man I struggle on memorizing scripture! Click here.
We end 1 Chronicles with the anointing of Solomon and the death of David.
Psalm 127- Fun Fact: During President Eisenhower’s inauguration he had 2 Bibles: 1 of them was opened to Psalm 127 during it.
Unless the Lord builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.
I read this Psalm in several versions: click here to read it in the Message. It was pretty cool.