Sunday, July 3, 2016

July 3 - 1 Chronicles 7-8

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Chronicles 7 and 1 Chronicles 8. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • If you've been doing the weekend readings and have not enjoyed the genealogies that begin 1 Chronicles there is good news - only one more day of it!
  • Joshua (verse 27) played a very significant role in the history of God's people. You can read a lot of his story in the books of Exodus and Joshua.
  • Saul (verse 33) also played a significant role in the history of God's people. He was the first king of Israel. You can read much of his story in 1 Samuel.
  • Jonathan (verse 34) was the rightful heir to his father's throne, but knew God had chosen David to be the next king. Instead of fighting to maintain his position, Jonathan became David's friend and helper. You can read about Jonathan in 1 Samuel, chapters 14-31.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • We read (in verse 8) that Shaharaim divorced his wives. Just because that is in the Bible does not mean God is ok with it. God tells us, in Malachi 2:15-16, to "remain loyal to the wife of your youth. 'For I hate divorce!' says the LORD, the God of Israel." Jesus explained that while divorce was allowed for God's people in the Old Testament, it was never God's will for it to happen, in Matthew 19:8, "Moses permitted divorce only as a concession to your hard hearts, but it was not what God had originally intended." The Bible gives only two acceptable grounds for divorce:
    1. marital unfaithfulness by one of the spouses (see Matthew 5:32 and 19:9)
    2. abandonment of an unbelieving spouse (1 Corinthians 7:15)
  • Even in those two instances, divorce is not encouraged, just merely permitted.
  • For a brief but solid look at what the Bible says about divorce, check out this web page.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • We live in a culture that doesn't care much about what God says and instead makes decisions based on what I "feel is right." That attitude can bleed over even into Christians' thinking (though most would never admit it). Marriage can be challenging, and it can become easy to "feel" like divorce is the easiest option. But if you feel that way, or has a friend who feels that way, turn to God's Word, and take Him at His Word. Make your decisions, and give your advice to others, based on what God says, not what our culture says or how people feel.
  • Where else, besides divorce, do you see our culture taking a very difference stance than God does in His Word? How do you see yourself thinking the way our culture does instead of Biblically?