Sunday, August 7, 2016

August 7 - 1 Chronicles 20

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Chronicles 20. 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?)
  • Kings (and their armies) went off to the war in spring (see verse 1) following the spring harvest as there was a lesser need to work the fields at that time.
  • The Rephaites (verse 4) were a people known for their large size (see Genesis 14:5 and Deuteronomy 2:11).
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Let's learn from something not in this chapter. The author (the "chronicler") is telling the same history here that we find in another book of the Bible (2 Samuel, chapter 11). In that other book we read that this was when David committed adultery by sleeping with Bathsheba, and then covered up his sin by having .her husband killed. Why is that left out of this book? We don't know. Maybe the chronicler assumes everyone knows the story so he doesn't need to repeat it. Or perhaps he only wants to share the positive aspects of Israel's history.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Question: When you look back on your life, or your family's life, what gets left out? What sinful or painful stories are ignored or covered up? It may seem like it's easier to just try and forget about what happened, but there's a problem: What is concealed cannot be healed. The Bible also says that what is revealed can be healed? Is there anything from your past you've been trying to ignore, but need to address? You can bring it to God, to some trusted friends and, perhaps, to a Christian counselor, all of whom can help you to move past your past.